Overview

21 Yateley Road was designed and built by the young Architect H.T. Buckland and he lived here until his death in the 1950's.

H.T. was born in Barmouth, Wales and educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and the school of architecture at Birmingham School of Art.

Buckland worked as architect to the School Board in 1901 and then served as architect to the City of Birmingham Education Committee, his buildings are amongst Birmingham's most forward-looking of their time. He also sat on the Executive Council of The Birmingham Civic Society which devised many schemes for the improvement of Birmingham in the 1920s and 1930s.

Much of modern Birmingham owes its origins to the ideas put forward by Buckland and his parter Haywood.

In his domestic work Buckland showed an originality that was much admired, helping make Birmingham the centre for a magnificent group of provincial architects.

Invitation to View

This property offers tours through the Invitation to View scheme. Read below to find out more.

Tour features

A relaxed, informal tour of house and gardens guided by owners, Helen and Paul, who are only the third family to live in this house since it was built in 1899.

Price per visitor

£11.50

Directions and address

21 Yateley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 3JP.

Easily accessible by car, bus or bicycle, though its address is Edgbaston, it is very close to the Birmingham suburb of Harborne, and only a short walk from its High Street to which buses run every 4 minutes from the city centre. Plentiful on-street parking.

Refreshments

Tea or coffee and biscuits.

Access

No easy access.

Special restrictions

No stilettos, no photography.

 

Interested? Click the button below to see available dates. If you're a member and are logged in you'll be able to see the discounted option also.


Opening
Opening

2019

By prior appointment only; year round but only when owner available to give tours. Contact by phone during sociable hours.

 

Appointment

We welcome group visits to the house and can provide light refreshments upon request. Please contact Paul Cardy for further information or to make an appointment. 

Historic Houses members visit for free. 

paulcardy@hotmail.com

01216087650

21 Yateley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 3JP

Find Us
Find us

We are 2 miles from Birmingham city centre on the Calthorpe Estate, a short walk from Harborne, which is served by numerous buses. 

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

There is plenty of street parking with no restrictions.

Taxi

TOA Taxis 0121 427 8888

Admission
Admission

We welcome group visits to the house and can provide light refreshments upon request. Please contact Paul Cardy for further information or to make an appointment. 

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Standard single adult admission is £11.50.

paulcardy@hotmail.com

01216087650

21 Yateley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 3JP

Group Visits
Group Visits

We welcome group visits to the house and can provide light refreshments upon request. Please contact Paul Cardy for further information or to make an appointment. 

Historic Houses Members visit fr

paulcardy@hotmail.com

01216087650

21 Yateley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 3JP


Fun Facts

The house was designed by H.T. Buckland and showed an originality that was much admired, helping make Birmingham the centre for a magnificent group of provincial architects at a time when London architects were some of the world's best.

Alan Crawford, distinguished authority on the Arts and Crafts period, confirms that Buckland "developed such a highly personal style of such quality in domestic work that he must rank with the best of his time" – Edwin Lutyens, Charles Voysey and Baillie Scott.


Upcoming events

8 Jun 2019

21 Yateley Road, Birmingham

Grade I Arts & Crafts detached house and garden, in a leafy Edgbaston street, designed as his family home by the architect H.T. Buckland in 1899 until sold by Buckland’s widow in 1951. Buckland's work showed an originality that was much admired, helping make Birmingham the centre for a magnificent group of provincial architects. Alan Crawford, distinguished authority on the Arts and Crafts period, confirms that Buckland "developed such a highly personal style of such quality in domestic work that he must rank with the best of his time".

Buckland designed a cottage-like, white-painted rendered building, with a tall gable dividing a strongly hipped roof both at the front and back. While the roof at the front stops above the first-floor windows, that on the back drops almost to the level of the steeply sloping garden. The front door, with its semi-circular head, is entered through a deep hood, decorated with strangely abstract symbols, which are said to be based on the signs of the zodiac. Most of the windows are simple timber casements but around the main front door they are leaded, and in two cases decorated with leaded light owls and Tudor roses. Elsewhere in the house this play on Buckland and his wife’s name – Marigold – is continued in the plasterwork, and in the beaten copper chimney cowls where marigolds and Tudor roses are intertwined. The interior is remarkably intact. It is the only Birmingham Arts & Crafts house that is really well preserved, and for that reason it is one of only twenty-two buildings to be listed Grade I.

21 Yateley Road is not a large house. On the ground floor is a panelled entrance hall with a beaten copper hood by its fireplace. There is another one in the small study. Both the large drawing room and dining room have marvellous deep-panelled inglenooks with beaten copper, and decorative plaster beams. The house is full of architect’s tricks. There is a cupboard for cigars high over the dining room ingle, where they are kept at the correct humidity, and even a special extract for cigar smoke in the ingle above Buckland’s favourite seat. There is a staircase with carved hearts as balusters, with bedrooms over two floors. The house nestles in a large garden, originally the site of a gravel pit. The garden is lovely in spring and contains numerous paths and trees (including a large tulip tree).


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School Visits

We welcome groups from both primary and secondary schools. Please contact Paul Cardy for more information or to make an appointment.