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Recent Designs in Domestic Architecture

the dorothy boot homes for veterans at
wilsford, notts w. r. gleave, architect


The " Dorothy Boot" Homes, of which

three illustrations are given, have been erected at
the expense of Sir Jesse Boot at the old village of
Wilford, in Nottinghamshire, and are primarily
intended for the use of veterans who served in
the Crimean War. The block consists of eleven
houses and a common room to be used as a club
room, available for all the veterans in the county.
On the decease of the veterans, it is the intention
of the donor to place in the homes the employees
of his firm. Each house has a living-room,
scullery, pantry, and six of the houses have two
bedrooms and five of them three bedrooms. The
land is low-lying, and in exceptional floods would
be subject to flooding; the houses have therefore
been raised four feet above the ground, with a
flagged terrace in front and grass slope to the
natural ground. The railings shown in the general
view were provided at the special request of the
donor as a protection for the old people. The
work is carried out with a red-sand brick plinth)
and cement rough cast above, lime-whited. The
roofs are of a warm red hand-made Bedfordshire
tile. The grounds have been laid out principally
in lawns, with herbaceous borders, the paths being

formed in old Yorkshire flags about two feet wide,
laid at random, with gravel setting. The furniture
for the common-room and the living-room of the
houses has been designed in keeping with the
building, as also the garden furniture, consisting of
garden-seats, pergola, etc. The work has been
designed and carried out under the supervision of
Mr. W. R. Gleave, of the firm of Calvert & Gleave,
architects, Nottingham.

The house at Headley, in Surrey, designed by
Mr. E. Guy Dawber, of London, is just nearing
completion, and stands on a high road overlooking
the beautiful Headley Heath on the south, and a
great stretch of open country towards Epsom
Downs on the north. It has been treated
symmetrically and rather in the manner of the
early 18th century in design and detail, the whole
composition being kept as quiet and broad in
treatment as possible. The outside is of brick
varied in colour from purples to deep reds, and
the roof is of dark tiles, and the woodwork to the
cornices, sash windows, entrance porch and bays
has all been kept white. In plan the rooms are
arranged to get sun at some period of the day.
The porch opens into the hall with a window look-
ing down a wide herbaceous border on the north

dorothy boot homes : the common room

w. r. gleave, architect