Capel Manor House

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Capel Manor House
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Capel Manor House
Type House
Location Horsmonden, Kent
Coordinates 51°08′02″N 0°26′51″E / 51.1339°N 0.4474°E / 51.1339; 0.4474Coordinates: 51°08′02″N 0°26′51″E / 51.1339°N 0.4474°E / 51.1339; 0.4474
Built 1969-70
Architect Michael Manser
Architectural style(s) Modern architecture
Governing body Privately owned
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name: Capel Manor House
Designated 18 September 2013
Reference no. 1413746
Capel Manor House is located in Kent
Capel Manor House
Location of Capel Manor House in Kent

Capel Manor House is a small modern steel-framed private house in Horsmonden, in Kent in southern England. It was designed by Michael Manser for John Howard, who had been a Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Edward Heath.[1] It was built between 1969 and 1970.[1] The house was constructed on the site of, and within the remains of, Capel House, an earlier mansion built by Thomas Henry Wyatt in Italian Gothic style in the mid-nineteenth century and demolished in the 1960s.[2] The architectural writer John Newman describes the Manser house as "a severe Miesian pavilion."[3]:307 The colonnades of Wyatt's winter garden now enclose a swimming pool.[3]:307 The house is an important example of modern architecture in Britain, and in 2013 was designated a Grade II* listed building.[2]


  1. ^ a b Neil Jackson (2016). The Modern Steel House. London: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781136745287.
  2. ^ a b Capel Manor House, including the remains of the winter garden and the arcaded retaining wall with balustrade and steps belonging to an earlier house. Historic England. Accessed March 2017.
  3. ^ a b John Newman, (2012). Kent: West and The Weald. The Buildings of England. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300185096.

Further reading[edit]

  • David Heathcote (2008). The Seventies House. London: Wiley Academy. ISBN 0470024194. 
  • J. Lowrie (1974). Modern Houses in Town and Country. London: Collins. ISBN 9780004350868. 
  • June Park (1974). Houses for Today. London: Batsford. ISBN 0713406550. 
  • Richard Einzig (1996). The Modern Steel House. London: Nichols. ISBN 1854902946.