Capel Manor House

Capel Manor House
Capel Manor House is located in Kent
Capel Manor House
Location of Capel Manor House in Kent
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
Governing body Privately owned
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name Capel Manor House
Designated 18 September 2013
Reference no. 1413746

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, a former Member of Parliament.[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

  • 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.

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