Ivy Cottage and York Cottage at Cleveleys, Lancashire
Ivy Cottage, a Lutyens-designed property which formed part of a much larger scheme at Cleveleys, inland from Rossall Beach and north of Blackpool in Lancashire, is under offer with estate agent Susan Eve. In 1898 the opening of a tramroad (light railway) connecting Blackpool to Fleetwood made possible the development of Cleveleys, which rapidly grew into a small town. Local architect and engineer TG Lumb, who had worked on the tramroad, was part of a consortium that acquired 2,000 acres and had visions of creating a new garden city at Rossall Beach. In 1901, Lumb enlisted Lutyens to design it; he drew up plans for what he described as “my new town”, designing a church, central buildings, classical pavilions and several houses. (Drawings for some of these individual designs are in the RIBA Drawings Collection.)
Ultimately, however, the Rossall Beach scheme proved too ambitious and only a small number of houses were built. Of these, Lutyens designed two groups of four cottages, including Ivy Cottage, which face each other across the road at Way Gate. The listing (Grade II) reads “Brick, rendered and whitewashed, with red-tiled hipped and swept roofs, in a free version of Arts & Crafts domestic style. Group of four ranges of buildings of two storeys, joined at their rear corners to form a quadrangle, with central courtyard approached by arches through the north and south ranges, the four dwellings ingeniously disposed with their front doors in the reentrants.” Another cottage, York Cottage, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, is available through The Square Room. Guide price: £134,000.