Local Visits: The ‘Lutyens Houses’ Thornton

Date:                               03 June 2014
Place Visited:                The ‘Lutyens’ Houses, Rossall Road
When was it built?        Designed and possibly built in1901/02.
For what purpose was it built?    Residential Properties. The houses were originally intended to be part of a larger development, ‘The Rossall Beach Estate’. The plan was for 10 blocks of 4 x 2 storey houses, like those standing today. However, only these 8 were finally built by T.G. Lumb, with some modifications.

Interesting Facts

  • The block of 8 housimage002es at  117 and 118 Rossall Road, to the North and South of the junction Way Gate, comprising: Ivy Cottage, Greenside & The Rest to the North and to the South, Delph Cottage, York Cottage, Red Cottage & Mitre Cottage.  (See map below). The ‘Lutyens’ block to the North of Way Gate is  not included.
  • Delph Cottage, York Cottage, Red Cottage & Mitre Cottage are ‘Listed, Grade II’, dated Aug 1983, Entry No: 1073155
    Delph Cottage, 117 Rossall Rd was sold in March 2014 for £149,950
  • Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. (Potted biog below) in the ‘Arts and Crafts’ style of Surrey barns, with features like minstrel galleries and interior courtyards. Each group of 4 houses form a quadrangle/courtyard, accessed via arches to the north and south.

The view of the Cottages from Way Gate


  • Edwin Lanseer Lutyens (named after family friend, the artist Edwin Landseer) Born 29 March 1863
  • President of the Royal Academy, Knighted 1918
  • Designed a large number of private homes including Gertrude Jekyll’s, Munstead Wood, Godalming, Surrey.
  • Involved in planning of the Indian capital at Delhi. Following the style of Christopher Wren’s plan for London
  • One of the architects appointed to the Imperial War Graves Commission – designed the Cenotaph in London and
    Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval near Arras, France
  • Initial design for Liverpool Catholic Cathedral but abandoned in 1941.
  • Died 1st January 1944, buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Diagram taken from the English Heritage Listing Entry

Sources & further information

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