Beach House, Worthing
|Beach House, Worthing|
A view of the rear of Beach House, taken from Beach House grounds
|Town or city||Worthing, West Sussex|
|Client||Robert Carey Elwes|
|Design and construction|
Sir Robert Loder, Conservative Member of Parliament for New Shoreham, lived at Beach House until his death in 1888. His wife, Lady Maria Georgiana Loder and his eldest son Sir Edmund Loder continued to live at Beach House after Sir Robert's death.
In 1917, playwright Edward Knoblock bought the house. His visitors included Arnold Bennett, J. B. Priestley, and Sir Compton Mackenzie. Knoblock refurbished the interior and forecourt of the property to the designs of Scottish architect Ormrod Maxwell Ayrton, while displaying furniture from the Thomas Hope collection he had bought from a sale at Deepdene in Dorking, Surrey.
During the Spanish Civil War in 1936, Beach House was used to house children evacuated from their homes in the Basque province of Biscay. The children were fleeing bombing and starvation after the destruction of the town of Guernica by the Nazi Luftwaffe. They were supported and cared for entirely by local volunteers.
Beach House is a Grade II* listed building.
This beach-side open space surrounding the Regency building of Beach House is situated in Brighton Road and was purchased by Worthing Borough Council in December 1927 and laid out in 1937-1938. The grounds are 2.78 acres (11265.25 sq. m) and have a playground, two tennis courts and a car park. Beach House gives its name to nearby Beach House Park, opposite Beach House, one of the world's best-known venues for bowls.