It was designed by C.F.A. Voysey. Voysey had a signature heart shape on the door of every home, but Wells did not want a heart shape, so a heart shape was replaced by a spade shape. Wells and his wife's two sons were born here. While living at Spade House he wrote books such as Kipps, Tono-Bungay and Ann Veronica.
The house was Grade 2* listed on 11 March 1975 as part of a group of houses (including Endcliffe House, St Paul's Vicarage, Sea Lady House, East Cliff House and Vicarage Cottage, all on Radnor Cliff Crescent). and is now occupied by the "Wells House" nursing home. Although the address is given as 8 Vicarage Road, the entrance is on Radnor Cliff Crescent. At the entrance is an ornate nameplate and a blue plaque from the Sandgate Society, commemorating the link to Wells.
- Spade House on the Sandgate website
- Complete H. G. Wells texts at Gutenberg
- Boerst, William J, World Writers; Time Machine, The Story of H.G. Wells, 2000
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