Ref NoDCS/2/7/26
TitleGreenside (part 1)
Admin/Biog HistoryBracken (also known as Greenside) in Wentworth, Virginia Water, Surrey, was a private house designed by Colin Lucas of Connell, Ward and Lucas in 1936-1937 and commissioned by Dr R.A. Williamson Noble. The house was built on the private Wentworth Estate and was based next to the seventeenth hole of the famous Wentworth golf course. Supposedly the house was a surprise for Mrs Williamson Noble but she refused to live in it and the house was advertised to be rented in 1937. Linoleum from the Linolite Flooring Company was used in the construction. In 1968 the building was Grade II listed.

In 2001, owners David and Gina Beadle applied for the building to be delisted so that it could be demolished and a new house built. The 'Greenside Case', as it became known in the press, continued for a couple of years until the building was demolished in 2003 without full permission being given. The Twentieth Century Society, with the support of Sharp, who were concerned for the future of listed buildings in the UK led a campaign to prosecute the owners, and a public enquiry was held in 2004. The Beadles were fined and planning permission for a new building to be constructed was denied due to Greenbelt policies.
DescriptionContains research material relating to Greenside (also known as Bracken) including:

-Photocopies of architectural drawings, dated 1936, produced by Connell, Ward and Lucas including floor layouts and elevation plans for Greenside
-Published articles, dated 1937-2004, relating to the building of Greenside in 1937 and its demolition in 2003 including part of the following article: Sharp, D. 2004 'A modern house bites the dust: The Greenside case (1937)', Docomomo, no. 30
-B&w photographs, [dated c1936], and colour photographs, [dated c2000-2003], showing interior and exterior shots of Greenside
-Estate agent brochure, dated 2000, for the sale of Greenside including colour photographs and description of property and grounds
-Casework report, [dated c2007], by the Twentieth Century Society relating to the history of Greenside and a fold-out map showing the Wentworth golfclub and grounds
-Correspondence, dated 2000-2001, written by Rendel (née Godwin) to Egham Museum and Surrey History Centre relating to the history of Greenside
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Image CaptionB&w photograph showing the exterior of Greenside, dated c1930s
Colour photograph showing the exterior of Greenside, dated c2002-2003
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