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Description: Spade House
Date Listed: 11 March 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 175410
OS Grid Reference: TR2093535326
OS Grid Coordinates: 620935, 135326
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0747, 1.1525
There is also a scheduled monument, Martello Tower No 4, Cliff Road, Folkestone, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
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5281 RADNOR CLIFF CRESENT
TR 2035 SE 7/37
Mid C19 with additions of 1903 Designed by C F A Voysey, architect, for H G Wells.
2 storeys. White roughcast walls, stone dressings. Mullioned Windows with leaded
lights. Tiled roof. entrance front has doorway with Tudor arch. 2 storeyed
canted bay of stone to left. To left mullioned windows to 1st floor. Sloping
buttressat corners. 2 storeyed block at right angles added in l920's. Canted
front of2 storeys. To the right the ground rises to lst floor garden porch
flanked by hipped bay windows. To left mullioned windows on both floors. Canted
bay window to left with balcony above. Sloping buttress. End gable tile hung.
Tall roughcast chimneystacks. The interior contains arched doorcases and a staircase
which incorporates 2 round-headed arches divided by a twisted column. It was
at SpadeHouse that Wells wrote 'Mankind in the making', 'A Modern Utopia', 'In
the Days of the Comet', 'The New Machiavelli', 'The War in the Air', 'Tono Bungay', 3ungay',
'Anticipations', 'The Food of the Gods', 'Ann Veronica', 'Kipps', 'The History
of Mr Polly', 'New Worlds for Old', and 'First and Last Things'.
Spade House forms a group with Endcliffe House, St Paul's Vicarage and Vicarage
Cottage. Sea Lady and East Cliff House. Vicarage Road.
Listing NGR: TR2093535326
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Source: English Heritage
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