Little Holland House

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Little Holland House
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Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Take a step back in time and visit the former home of artist, designer and craftsman Frank Dickinson (1874-1961). A unique interpretation of the English arts and crafts movement, the Grade II* interior was created entirely by Dickinson, inspired by the ideals of John Ruskin and William Morris and contains Dickinson's paintings, hand-made furniture, furnishings, metalwork and carving, in a unique fusion of Art Nouveau and the English Arts and Crafts style. With very limited finances Dickinson designed and built the house himself between 1902-04 - the ultimate in DIY!
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Master Jonjon
London, UK343 contributions
Jonjon explores... "Little Holland House"
Jul 2019 • Solo
Location. Exit Carshalton Station and walk south for five minutes. The house is part of a long series of residence: look out for a sign that says, eh, “Little Holland House”.

IF YOU’RE FAMILIAR with Sutton’s artistic scene, you’d have heard of Frank Dickinson. You can find his landscape paintings in the nearby Honeywood Museum (a twenty minute walk from here). And if you’re really lucky – the original scenery of Sutton on which he’s laid his brushes.

But now prepare to be amazed.

For the Little Holland House is not only his home, but is entirely built by himself as a self-learnt builder.

It all came after he went after contractors but decided that they were all just too pricey.

It’s pretty amazing that you can build a house by spending enough time in the library.

And now imagine you standing inside one such endeavour and to see these inventive, ad- hoc measures. In the sitting room alone you’ll notice these beams tied together near the ceiling, a cheaper alternative as to what’s “normally” done.

(Upstairs you’ll find his painting, filled symbolism and historical figures, titled Ananias. Hint: he put himself in an inconspicuous corner.)
Written July 23, 2019
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apegray
London, UK63 contributions
Breath-taking home of an arts and crafts lover
Feb 2019 • Couples
This suburban house has signs of arts and craft style from the outside but is stunning inside.
What is utterly remarkable is that Frank Dickinson designed and built this house with the help of his brothers, with a loan from a mutual association and his family. He then spent his life decorating it, turning his hand to furniture making, decorative wood carving, decorative brick and plasterwork and even making a silver tea set for his wife on one of their anniversaries.
He was a frustrated artist who time and again had sumissions to the Royal Academy turned down, with the one painting they did accept not displayed.

An absolute gem of a place to visit, close to Carshalton Beeches station.

Carshalton itself has a villagey feel although busy traffic, but several inviting pubs.
Written February 3, 2019
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Richard N
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London Open House weekend
Sep 2018 • Couples
I could have walked past this surprising gem if it were not for the guide book. The guides inside were knowledgeable and we're able to tell us much about Frank Dickenson who built the house. We are lucky that the council had the foresight to purchase it when it came up for sale with all the original arts and crafts features preserved.
Written September 23, 2018
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Peter S
Canberra, Australia352 contributions
Amazing gem in suburban Carshalton!
Aug 2018 • Friends
Little Holland House is well worth visiting, especially if you have an interest in the Arts & Crafts period. The story of Frank Dickinson's creative drive is astonishing, and it's told very well by the volunteer guides who staff the place when it's open (one Sunday a month). But it's well worth making the effort to visit.
Written September 5, 2018
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lanze
Carshalton, UK156 contributions
Great piece of history preserved for all to experience
Jul 2018 • Couples
We were lucky to be here on the first Sunday of the month when the house is opened to the public. It is free to enter and the guides, who are volunteers, are happy to welcome you and show you around complete with a very interesting history of the owner Frank and his family. His painting are very interesting and some reflect his socialist interests. Some are hung on the walls but we heard that many are scattered all over. It would be lovely to catalogue his painting and maybe exhibit them together some day. The house shows clearly what life was like in Carshalton Beeches as his house was one of the first built in this area. It is well worth a visit.
Written July 17, 2018
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MatthewHampshire
Carshalton, UK22 contributions
Striking interior design, in need of conservation
Mar 2017 • Family
A really fascinating house with unique interiors which must have been a life's work to create. I wish they could raise the funds to properly restore the house and garden, but still a lovely place to pop in and visit.
Written May 26, 2017
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jed103
84 contributions
A little gem
Oct 2015 • Friends
This is a beautiful house all built by the first owner, Frank Dickinson. It is in the arts and crafts style only open the first Sunday of the month pm only. Not far from Carshalton Beeches station will only take 30 mins to visit but still wonderful.
Written April 13, 2016
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Sharon D
London, UK426 contributions
Just amazing what is behind the front door
Oct 2015 • Solo
The home of the artist Frank Dickinson (1874–1961).
Only a few roads from my home always wanted to visit eventually did last open house day. It is amazing I love every inch of the house and its decoration. Amazing what a young husband and wife have built. the bedroom is beautifully painted.Typical PERFECT EXAMPLE OF ARTS AND CRAFTS AT IT`S BEST influenced by John Ruskin and William Morris

only open a few days a year but well worth a visit. the house has steep stair so may not be suitable for everyone. you are not allowed to take photos inside the house :(
Written March 20, 2016
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DrTerry1934
Sutton, UK8 contributions
A Must
Jul 2015 • Couples
Something that should not be missed. A most interesting and unique home. Easy parking and access by bus and train. Do not overlook.
Written March 15, 2016
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Ebernezer
London, UK4 contributions
What an experience
Jan 2015 • Couples
Never seen anything like it. What a man and his wife making everything them selves. Was impressed with wider than usual front door to show welcome.
Written December 15, 2015
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