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Title66 Frognal: G.H. Walford papers (part 7)
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.

Contractors 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, plans, and other documents which give background information to the acquisition of the land and plans to build 66 Frognal, all of which were submitted during the arbitration proceedings of G.H. Walford Esq. and F.J. Wills Esq., held at the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division.

Material includes:

-eight letters between R.J. Gubbins and William Willett Ltd, Auction, Estate and Valuation Offices, dated 18 September-11 November 1936, concerning properties for sale
-thirty-nine letters, exchanged mostly between William Willett Ltd, Auction, Estate and Valuation Offices, Walford, and William Sturges, Solicitor, dated 21 January-3 December 1936, concerning the purchase of the site and title
-Abstract of the Title of William Willett Limited to freehold land situate at Frognal in the Parish of Hampstead, dated 1936
-Land Certificate Previous to Mr. Walford's purchase, undated
-Land Certificate After Purchase by Mr. Walford, undated (x2)
-Particulars, Conditions and Agreement for sale of freehold land situate at Frognal in the Parish of Hampstead in the County of London, dated 28 September 1936
-Transfer of Land at Frognal Hampstead, dated 1 October 1936 (x2)
-Charge certificate, dated 13 October 1936
-Award of Mr E. Maxwell Fry, undated
-Questions to Ward, undated
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