14 South Parade, by C. F. A. Voysey, c. 1890

14 South Parade, Bedford Park

C. F. A. Voysey


Turnham Green, London W4

Ian Nairn and Nikolaus Pevsner describe Shaw as "stepfather to Voysey" (69), so perhaps it was natural that Voysey should have been drawn to Bedford Park. But this "startling white house" built for the artist J. W. Foster was apparently intended "as a protest against the bland red brick of the rest of the 'suburb'" and provoked criticism for "the old-fashioned look of the white stucco and leaded light windows" ("A Guide to Bedford Park"). Later judgements have been much more favourable, finding the house with its "white roughcast render and stone trim" to be an "outstanding example" of Arts and Crafts architecture (Durant 174).