George Fellowes Prynne


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Gifford House

It has been said that the finest example of Fellowes Prynne’s domestic work was the renovation and enlargement of Gifford House.  Indeed, the obituary to the architect carried in his local paper in 1927 saw fit to provide the following description of his work here.

Amongst the extensive additions and alterations made to Gifford House, Roehampton, for Mr. J. D. Charrington, the most important was the building of the new ball and music room. The bay window at the northern end opens on to a verandah, and looks out on to extensive grounds and a lake, whilst the window at the southern end opens into a large conservatory with a fountain in the centre. The centre of the room is lighted by an ornamental glazed dome, and at night by hidden electric lamps. A musicians’ platform is placed on the east side, and an elaborately sculptured statuary marble mantel, and fireplace with gallery over, on the west side.

The original house of 1770, in a park, was demolished in the 1950s to make way for a council estate at Innes Gardens, Putney Heath.

Some of the adornments Fellowes Prynne designed for this house were fashioned by the firm of H. H. Martyn of Cheltenham.

The card illustrated was posted in 1916, and gives an idea of the grandeur of this building – even if it doesn't tell us much about George Fellowes Prynne's contribution.