John C. Trotter
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The Institute

Gazetteer No. G0020

Date 1896

Address Tilford Green Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DA England


Built in memory of her son Charles Anderson. The Andersons were Liverpool ship owners, and that may be the reason for Lutyens’s surprisingly incongruous use of half-timber work based on that of Speke Hall, Liverpool. Typical of Lutyens is the way the Institute is built into the hillside, the batter of its piers and the manner of creating spaces with the outside stair and long seat below. (Amery et al., 1981, cat no. 50)

INSTITUTE, by the W side of the green. By Lutyens, 1893, i.e. early and much more Romantic than his houses at this time. It is carried forward from an embankment on a solid red brick case but the front is of bold patterns of Norman Shaw-style half-timbering and an oriel, below a deep jetty on raked struts and a shapely roof swept up to a gablet. Aisled lean-to with double-diamond chimneystack and a plaster panel. Nicely human details, e.g. the bench seat between the raking buttresses of the oriel. Sensitive extension by Michael Edwards. (O’Brien et al., 2022. p.684)


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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