Garden Cottage. 1854. Polesden Lacey, Surrey. The main house at Polesden Lacey was originally medieval, then rebuilt in the seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries (on the latter occasion to designs by Thomas Cubitt), before being extended and given its present Edwardian appearance by Ambrose Poynter in 1906. But there are still many reminders of its past, including this cottage in its grounds, only a short walk from the house. Cubitt did design one or two of the lodges, but not this building. The crooked chimney on the left side looks particularly playful and picturesque, not at all the sort of thing Cubitt would have done.

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