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Wittersham House

Gazetteer No. G0168

Date 1907

Address Wittersham Tenterden, Kent TN30 7EA England


In the Buildings of England John Newman describes this encasement of an earlier house as ‘one of Lutyens’s most suavely Neo-Georgian designs’. It is a long and low two storeyed house, very calm and assured in its rhythm of windows and the elegantly curved concave entrance under a pediment and loggia. The treatment of the garden is in keeping with the character of this large village house, with a pilastered alcove and stone decorations on the brick walls. There is a plenitude of Lutyens’s handsome garden furniture. (Amery et al., 1981, cat no.169)

Wittersham House, opposite the church. One of Lutyens’s most suavely Neo-Georgian designs, 1906–9, for the Hon. Alfred Lyttelton.* Nothing can be seen outside of the earlier house which Lutyens encased. Seven bays by nine, two storeys, long and low under a low pantiled roof. A restrained design certainly, but not constrained, for plenty happens along the façades. On the entrance front a wide central pediment and under it a one-storey loggia with the front door characteristically set behind in a concave bow. On either side the windows are syncopated, two above to three below. On the garden front every third window is a bullseye. (Pevsner, 2012, p.657)


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.

Pevsner N (2012) Kent: West and the Weald. The Buildings of England. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Also Cited In

Weaver, L. (1913) Houses and Gardens by E L Lutyens. London: Country Life.

Aslet, C. (1982) The Last Country Houses. New Haven: Yale University Press.

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Rt Hon Alfred Lyttleton