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Title66 Frognal: G.H. Walford papers (part 2)
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 own, and the project finally went ahead.

Contractors Y.J. Lovell & Son Ltd. 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 & Lucas. In 2000 Avanti Architects adapted the house for new owners whilst being considerate of the original design.
DescriptionContains papers compiled and created by G.H. Walford, the first owner of 66 Frognal, including:

-Verbatim report of proceedings from a Council meeting, dated 21 July 1936, where the proposed building of 66 Frognal was discussed
-Correspondence of Walford and The Times newspaper, dated July 1936, relating to an article concerning 66 Frognal
-Building contract between Walford and Y.J. Lovell & Son Ltd., dated July 1937
-Correspondence of Walford, H.M. Guiterman (owner of the adjoining property to 66 Frognal), Connell, Ward and Lucas, and lawyers, relating to the building of 66 Frognal and its effect on Guiterman
-Correspondence of Walford, Connell, Ward and Lucas, and Y.J. Lovell & Son Ltd., dated November 1938-December 1939, relating to maintenance design and construction of the house as well as problems with the planning process
-List of work outstanding on completion, dated June 1938
-Maintenance list, dated December 1938
-Correspondence of Walford with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), dated November 1938, concerning the writing of an article on 66 Frognal by Walford
-Correspondence of Walford with the Ideal Home magazine, dated January 1939, relating to 66 Frognal featuring in an article
DateJul 1936-Dec 1939
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