CFA Voysey: 20th Century British Architect

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CFA Voysey : English Architect

20th Century British Architect, England: UK Vernacular Buildings

page updated 18 Aug 2016

C F A Voysey – Key Projects

Major Building by this British architect (1857 – 1941):

Broad Leys, Cumbria
Large softly modern Lake District house with great views
currently Windermere Motor Boat Club headquarters

Key Projects by CFA Voysey architect, alphabetical:

Annesley Lodge, Hampstead, London
Date built: 1896

Broad Leys, Ghyll Head, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, England
Date built: 1898

Moor Crag, Ghyll Head, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, England
Date built: 1898

Littleholme, Kendal, Cumbria, England
Date built: 1908

Hungarian Reformed Church in the UK, 17 St Dunstans Road, London W6
Date built: 1892
Early Voysey building, for the artist WEF Britten
Former Voysey Studio Restoration by TBD Architects

Merlshanger, Hog’s Back, Guildford, Surrey, England
Date built: 1896

Perrycroft, Cornwall, England
Date built: 1893

Norney, Shackleford, Surrey, England
Date built: 1897

The Orchard, Chorley Wood, Hertfordshire, England
Date built: 1900

The Sanderson wallpaper factory, Chiswick, West London, England
Date built: 1901
named Voysey House in his memory

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CFA Voysey – Practice Information

Arts & Crafts architect, based in England.

Charles Francis Annesley Voysey was born in 1857 and died in 1941.

This early 20th Century English architect was a RIBA Gold Medal winner – 1940

Charles was also a furniture and textile designer. His early work was as a designer of wallpapers, fabrics and furnishings in a simple Arts and Crafts style, but he is renowned as the architect of several country houses.

He was one of the first people to understand and appreciate the significance of industrial design. He has been considered one of the pioneers of Modern Architecture, a notion which he rejected. His English domestic architecture draws heavily on vernacular rather than academic tradition, influenced by the ideas of Herbert Tudor Buckland (1869–1951) and Augustus Pugin (1812–1852).

In 1874 he was articled for five years to the architect J. P. Seddon, with whom he subsequently remained a further year as chief assistant. From Seddon he learnt the ‘Gothic’ principles of design first propounded by A. W. N. Pugin: elevations should grow naturally out of the requirements of the plan and only ‘honest’ construction should be used.

In 1879 he spent a brief period as assistant to the architect Henry Saxon Snell (1830–1904), and from 1880 to 1881 he worked as an assistant in the office of George Devey. There he gained valuable site experience, and would have encountered Devey’s skill as a watercolourist and his considerable knowledge of English vernacular architecture. In 1881 or early 1882 he set up his own architecture practice in London.

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