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Little Munstead

Gazetteer No. G0030

Date circa 1895

Address North Munstead Lane Godalming, Surrey GU8 4AX England


It was built for the butler at Munstead House. The service wing is tile hung, but the main part has an ‘oversailing upper floor of white plaster, anchored on the garden side by an enormous chimney’ (Nicholas Taylor). Its side wall forms the wall of the washhouse. In the background are a pair of semi-detached tile-hung cottages (Fir Tree Cottage and The Hollies) designed at about the same time. (Amery et al., 1981, cat no. 83)

Down North Munstead Lane on the other side of the main road are former estate dwellings by Lutyens. LITTLE MUNSTEAD is an excellent small design of c. 1895, similar to Wood End, Witley (see p. 748). The service wing is tile-hung, but the main part has an oversailing upper floor of painted roughcast, anchored on the garden side by an enormous chimney. Next door are FIR COTTAGE/THE HOLLIES, grouping cleverly with Little Munstead’s summer house; as well as the steep tile-hung gables there is even a tile-hung chimney with the tiling swept out at the base; at the E end a canted bay window under the overhang. (O’Brien et al., 2022, p.536)


Amery, C., Richardson, M. and Stamp, G. (1981) Lutyens, the Work of the English Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944): Hayward Gallery London, 18 November 1981-31 January 1982. London: Arts Council of Great Britain.

O’Brien, C., Nairn, I. and Cherry, B. (2022) Surrey. Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Also Cited In

Nairn, I., Pevsner, N. (1971) Surrey (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England). 2nd edn. Yale University Press.

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