Abinger Common,  Surrey  -  Goddards

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Goddards was built in 1898-1900 by Edwin Lutyens and extended again by him in 1910. It was first designed as a holiday home for poor and deserving ladies and consisted of a central common room with a cottage wing at either end. This created a west-facing courtyard with a garden designed by Lutyens and planted by Gertrude Jekyll. The wings were extended in 1910 when the house was converted into a family home. The extensions are seen in the first and last pictures. They terminated in a pair of tall chimneys with interesting sculpted rooflines.

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The roofs were made of both tile and stone. Stone was used on the lower courses, most prominently on the middle wing which has no upper floor and the roof comes lower. Rough cast walls with brick dressings. Brick was also used extensively on the interior to great effect as will be seen below. The Portuguese port pipe in the last picture stands against the wall in the court and collected waste water which was used on the flower beds.

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The entrance front on the opposite side to the courtyard consists of two gables with two tall brick chimneys on either side. The front entrance is left of centre. The line of the roof curves slightly forward at either end as the side wings are angled wider than 90 degrees. Above the entrance is a date stone with MCM written twice, standing for 1900 and for Margaret Celia Mirrielees, the 7-year old daughter of Sir Frederick Mirrielees, Lutyens' client.

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The Common Room in the middle wing. Gertrude Jekyll influenced this Surrey vernacular room. The focal point is the fireplace with brick arches, keystone and stone corbelling.

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The library with large brick fireplaces at either end patterned with thin courses of tiles.

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The Skittle Alley also has fine brickwork as its strongest design element. The middle picture shows a slightly imperfect join between timber roofing and brick arch; this was a deliberate touch to give the impression of age through alterations over time.


The Lutyens Trust has its headquarters at Goddards. The information on this page comes mainly from their booklet.


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