Architect: C. H. Lindsey-Smith
Woodford Green, London IG8
This fascinating five-bedroom Art Deco house was designed and built in the early 1930s by architect Clifford Herbert Lindsey-Smith. The property has a large garden and off-street parking with space for a number of cars. The original house, which contains many period details, was extended in 1979.
The front entrance opens to reveal an impressive hall with high ceilings. To the left is a wooden staircase which climbs the distinctive and beautifully lit turret, its green roof tiles a recurring reference to the architect’s Middle Eastern influence.
The first floor has four double bedrooms, three with built-in wardrobes, and a fifth room currently used as a study. There is also a large modern bathroom and separate WC.
The ground floor is composed of large, open rooms with oak parquet flooring. A tiled fireplace in the living room is flanked by architrave details that extend to the upper floor. Sliding glass doors flood the dining/sitting room with natural light and provide access to the very private, large rear garden.
There is a spacious kitchen with an Aga, marble counter-tops, tile flooring and wooden cupboards. There is also a utility room, providing side access to the garden.
The house is in good general condition, but requires some restoration and modernisation. The rear extension spans the width of the property and significantly increased the footprint of the original building. Internal accommodation measures approximately 2,335 sq ft.
Knighton Close is found in the Woodford Green area, close to Epping Forest, London’s largest open space. There are a number of highly rated schools in the area, most notably Chigwell School, Bancrofts and Woodford County High, as well as very good primary and secondary state schools within walking distance.
Transport links are excellent with Woodford and Roding Valley stations (approximately a 12 minute walk), both of which are on the Central Line with trains into Stratford and Liverpool Street. The M11 and North Circular are also close by.
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The design of Knighton Close is believed to have been the subject of an award at the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition in around 1930, and this is thought to have enabled the project to be realised. The architect went on to practice with Wilson, Mason & Partners, working on projects including a BP site in Barry, south Wales and Baghdad airport.
In 1925 the Southend Road was opened, linking Woodford with the extensive area of new housing around Gants Hill. From 1930, the suburbanisation of Woodford was in full swing and solidified Woodford’s place in the commuter belt. Its convenient proximity to central London led to the sustained development of middle class homes on former mansion plots.
The influence of the Art Deco movement is evident in much of the architecture designed or commenced in London at the time and particularly notable in the tube extension stations.
Nearby Redbridge station as an example, was designed by renowned Tube architect, Charles Holden who designed a number of other stations on the same branch. In 1930, Holden made a tour of Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden to see the latest developments in modern architecture. Adapting the architectural styles he had seen on the tour, Holden created functional designs composed of simple forms: cylinders, curves and rectangles, built in plain brick, concrete and glass. Redbridge station was designed and building commenced in the early 1930s and despite not being completed until 1947 due to the outbreak of war, it exists as a fine example of this architectural influence.