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Title66 Frognal: G.H. Walford papers (part 1)
Admin/Biog History66 Frognal in Hampstead, London, was a private house designed by Colin Lucas (of Connell, Ward and Lucas) in 1936-1938 and commissioned by Geoffrey Walford, a solicitor, his wife, Ursula, and her four children from a previous marriage. The project involved lengthy delays in the planning application process involving Hampstead Borough Council and strong opposition from architects and local residents and the case appeared regularly in the press. The case was referred to the London County Council (LCC) for a decision. It was initially passed but the case then went to arbitration and went in favour of the opposition. Walford then took the case to High Court, where he won, and the project finally went ahead.

Contracts Y.J. Lovell and son were employed and the project was completed in 1939. On the outbreak of the Second World War (1939-1945) the Walfords evacuated the house and LCC took possession to use the building as a fire alarm station. In 1942 the railings from the house were salvaged for the war effort.

In 1943 Walford (who remained close with Lucas and his family) sold the property (at a loss) for £6750 to Sir Richard Acland, MP. In 1973 the house was Grade II listed and became Grade II* listed in 1999. Trevor Dannatt also made changes to the house which are thought to have been approved of by Connell, Ward and Lucas. In 2000 Avanti Architects adapted the house for new owners whilst being considerate of the original design.
DescriptionContains correspondence of G.H. Walford, the first owner of 66 Frognal, and Connell, Ward and Lucas, dated February 1936-November 1938, relating to the design and construction of the house as well as problems with the planning process. Topics discussed include:

-Proposed plans for the house including interior and exterior finish, flooring, heating, built-in furniture, fittings and queries from Walford
-Expected figures for utility bills
-Dealings with Mr Guiterman, the owner of the adjoining property to 66 Frognall, relating to his concerns with the proposed house
-Expected costings for the house
-The objection of London County Council (LCC) to the proposed building (including correspondence with LCC)

Also includes a copy of a report written by Edwin Maxwell Fry, architect, who acted as Arbitrator in the dispute in 1936
DateFeb 1936-Nov 1938
Extent1 file
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