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Munstead Orchard

Gazetteer No. G0074

Date 1893

Address Brighton Road Godalming, Surrey GU7 1XA England


Half-timbered and tile-hung, its side wall forms part of the North-West corner of the Munstead Wood garden – a typical Lutyens feature. Built for Miss Jekyll’s Swiss gardener, Albert Zumbach, in 1898-1899, but designed in 1893 as a thumb-nail sketch for it appears in the ‘Munstead Wood’ Sketchbook. (Amery et al., 1981, cat no.82)

Behind this [Thunder House], partly propped up on the boundary wall, is MUNSTEAD ORCHARD, the former gardener’s cottage, a very pretty stone, half-timbered and tile-hung job of 1894–5 with a stout square chimney, best seen from the main road, where the gate leads to the porch tucked below the corner of the catslide roof. Continuing back S along this road, one comes to MUNSTEAD WOOD COTTAGE, a black weatherboarded former potting shed, 1895. (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

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

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

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Gertrude Jekyll for Albert Zumbach (Swiss gardener)