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The Dutch House

Gazetteer No. G0104

Date 1901

Address Horsham Road Dorking, Surrey RH5 4NF England


THE DUTCH HOUSE, on the main road opposite Mill Road, is a somewhat outré Y-shaped house, by Lutyens, 1897 for W. Cattley (cf. E. S. Prior for the plan). Whitewashed walls and a semicircular classical porch. Mansard roofs. Dutch gable in the centre. Nice loggia at the back on red tile piers. Taken over in 1901 by Fred and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, leading figures in the Suffrage movement, who renamed it The Mascot. (Plaster inscription inside ‘O.Liberty.Thou.Choicest.Treasure Oct 31 1912’, commemorating Emmeline’s speech after their release from prison.) OAK TREE HOUSE next door was formerly attached to it as the billiard room, added by Lutyens in 1904, but much altered in 1967, with new dormers in what was a gargantuan roof of plain tiling. (O’Brien et al., 2022, p.467)

House. 1901 by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Whitewashed brick with Mansard style plain- tiled roofs. Y-shaped “papillon plan” with two wings canted forward from centre. Two storeys. Patterned brick stacks, one stack on the ridge of each wing, further stack to rear. Pilaster pier articulation on front with one pier on angles of outer ends. Central casement window to first floor with gabled bell- cote over on braces. One first floor window in canted faces of side wings, one window on each end between the angle piers. “Cross” shaped windows on the ground floor. Half-recessed oval porch with half-glazed door to rear wall. Half-oval portico on two Doric columns, on brick pedestals, with marked entasis to front. Deep eaves and plinths to ends of wings. Dormer windows above in roof. Left hand return front:- flat roofed bay window to ground floor. Single storey wing to rear. Service court behind around a rectangular yard and linked to the main house by tile coped walls. (Nairn and Pevsner, 1971, p.317)


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

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

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