Homewood, Knebworth




Chris Dance (dancey77 @t hotmail.com) writes from Cambridgeshire: My wife and I collect Knebworth postcards. We recently purchased a Vulcan series postcard of Homeward [sic] Knebworth. We know a bit about Knebworth but are unable to find any history of this house. Can you help?

The post card shows the south front of Homewood - so the title is a printer's error.

Homewood is at the south end of Park Wood, Knebworth, (see google map) and was built in 1901 as the dower house for the Dowager Lady Lytton of Knebworth House (For her obituary see The Times, September 19, 1936). After Lady Lytton's death the house was rented out for a time but was later sold.

The first tenant was the Hon. Gilbert Allan Rowland Hay (Boyd), later the 6th Lord Kilmarnock, who was in residence in 1936.

  A modern view of Homewood, Knebworth, Herts, designed by Edwin Lutyens


A Quiet and Dignified Country House known as


(Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens)

The accommodation includes hall, cloak room, 4 reception rooms, domestic offices, 8 bed rooms, 3 bath rooms, garage and limited outbuildings; gardens; woodland, lodge; main electricity and water; extending in all to about SEVEN ACRES, FREEHOLD with vacant possession, which will be offered for SALE by AUCTION (unless sold privately meanwhile) at the PEAHEN HOTEL, ST. ALBANS, on WEDNESDAY, 22 July, 1953, at 4.30 p.m.

The Times, June 12, 1953

Homewood, Knebworth, Herts, designed by Edwin Lutyens  

The house was designed by Edwin Lutyens, who later married Lady Lytton's daughter, Emily, and he frequently visited the house with his family. It is considered an important example of the architect's work. It is a Grade II listed building and more information can be found on Greatbuildings.com and Parks & Gardens UK.

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