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Rake Court

Gazetteer No. G0057

Date 1900

Address Station Lane Godalming, Surrey GU8 5AD England


1602 for Henry Bell, Clerk Controller of the Household to James I, extended by R. Neville in 1880, by E. Lutyens in 1897 and Baillie Scott in 1910 and 1925. Original portion timber framed on galleted sandstone plinth, close stud on ground floor with rendered infill, herringbone brick infill above under plain tiled roofs. Sandstone and brick extensions to right, tile hung. Original L-shaped range to left with extensions to centre and right. Two storeys with stacks to rear left of centre and front right at junction with tile hung gabled wing, some diagonal stacks to right. Entrance front:- Gabled bay to left end with one leaded, diamond pane window on each floor. Small gabled stair turret in re-entrant with wing to left. Further casement fenestration across centre and right. Door to right in recessed court between main body of house and gabled cross wing to right end. Part glazed door to centre. Left hand return front:- square bay rising ‘through two storeys to left, angle bay to right. Rear:- projecting gabled end wings with tile hung gables, some in patterned bands. Tall stacks to right, pentice across ground floor centre and left. Gabled window to left of centre, door to centre under timber gable. (Nairn and Pevsner, 1971, p.367)

The N part (Rake Court) is post-1882. First Ralph Nevill’s L-shaped kitchen wing for E. D. Gosling (cf. Busbridge), with tile-hung gable making the E front symmetrical, and a gabled section with timber framing and plaster infill on the W side. Lutyens was here in 1899–1901, making the N wing of domestic offices, separated from Nevill’s work by a passage. Baillie Scott in 1908 added the drawing room wing to the corner of the earli­est part of the house (ribbed plaster ceiling by G. P. Bankart) and followed this c. 1914 with his excellent first-floor BILLIARD ROOM appended to the Lutyens offices. Full-height canted bay under a hipped roof facing the forecourt. Barn-like interior with moulded beams spanning the room on carved spandrels and posts; inglenook fireplace with Gothic tracery. Dais with Tudor-style plasterwork, probably by Bankart. Finally on the W side, a small revision to Nevill’s part with a three-storey gabled section by Raymond Cary, 1935, timber-framed with infill of brick recovered from Beaudesert, Warks. GARAGES at the N end, like a traditional cartshed, by Martin Caroe, 1987.

STABLES and OUTBUILDINGS (now residential), on the approach, U-plan by Baillie Scott & Beresford, c. 1925–30; tidy timber framing with brick infill. – LODGE, by Station Lane, half-timbered by Lutyens.

LODGE, by Station Lane, half-timbered by Lutyens. (O’Brien et al., 2022, p.527)


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

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.

L, W., 1913. A LESSERS COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE XVIITH CENTURY: RAKE HOUSE, MILFORD, SURREY. Country Life (Archive : 1901 – 2005), 34(871), pp. 7-8, 11.

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Mrs Cavan Irving