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Meldon Park

Gazetteer No. G0213

Date 1909-37

Address Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 3SW England


In July 1908 Lutyens met the owners of Meldon Park who had just come into a fortune and wanted him to build them new gates and a lodge. This study shows him simultaneously working out the design in plan, elevation and perspective – a design that has both elegance and a satisfying geometry. A semicircular forecourt leads to the entrance gates; on the left is the lodge, its facade forming the edge of the park wall. The lodge is an exact square with a Mansard pyramidal roof, four dormers and a central chimney-stack. The ground-floor plan is on the far left with parlour, kitchen, back kitchen, larder, fuel and WC. The bedroom plan is below the elevation.

The presentation design in Lutyens’s hand is also at the RIBA, dated 9 February, and hardly varies from the earlier study. Nothing came of this scheme although Lutyens did carry out alterations to the main staircase and hall of this house by Dobson between the Wars. (Richardson, 1994, p.66)


Richardson, M. (1994) Sketches by Edwin Lutyens: Drawings from the Collection of Royal INsistute of British Architects (RIBA Drawings Monographs No. 1). London: Wiley.

Also Cited In

Pevsner, N., Grundy, J., Ryder, P., McCombie, G., Welfare, H. (1992) Northumberland. The Buildings of England. New Haven: Yale University Press.

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