For sale: Home of Hampstead Garden Suburb architect Raymond Unwin
PUBLISHED: 09:30 03 November 2014
A Hampstead house, which was lived in by one of the architects behind Hampstead Garden Suburb has come on the market.
Sir Raymond Unwin, an architect and town planner moved to Wyldes, in North End in 1906, the year after Henrietta Barnett commissioned him and his partner, Richard Barry Parker, to plan the new garden suburb at Hampstead, working in association with Edwin Landseer Lutyens.
According to Simon Edwards, director at Savills who are joint managing the sale, Parker & Unwin used the outbuildings, which are part of the sale, as their offices when they were working on the design of the Suburb.
Mr Edwards said: “At the time what is now Hampstead Garden Suburb was just fields. They were once farmed by the family who lived at Old Wyldes, the white clapboard house next door, which I think can lay claim to being the oldest house in Hampstead.”
Unwin was deeply concerned with social issues and working class housing and was inspired by John Ruskin and William Morris.
He and Barry Parker were keen proponents of vernacular architecture and aimed to popularise Arts and Crafts architecture and design. As a result, thousands of homes were built to their pattern in the early twentieth century.
The Grade II*-listed house is part of the historic seventeenth century Wyldes Farm site and, although extensively rebuilt, retains many original features, including vaulted ceilings, panelled walls and exposed beams.
Unwin lived in the property until nearly the end of his life; he was on a lecture tour of America when WW2 broke out and, unable to return to Europe, died there in 1940.
Wyldes is being sold through Knight Frank and Savills with an asking price of £3,650,000.