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Lamb House

This modest brick-fronted Georgian townhouse, built in 1723, was the home of the novelist Henry James from 1897. It was here that much of the English literary establishment came to visit James, including H.G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling, Ford Maddox Ford and Max Beerbohm. The house has walled gardens laid out by James’ great friend, Alfred Parsons, the painter and garden designer. After James’s death in 1916, Lamb House was occupied by A.C. and E.F. Benson. The town of Rye, where Lamb House is situated, would later inspire E.F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia novels.

Visitor Information

Address:
West Street,
Rye,
East Sussex,
England,
TN31 7ES

Telephone: 01580 762334

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lamb-house

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Lamb House, East Sussex (Accredited Museum)

This collection has 637 items online

A collection of the novelist, Henry James memorabilia, including his writing desk and a letter written to Edmund Gosse in 1915, the year before his death explaining his reasons for taking out British citizenship. Also a remnant of the library of Henry James. His garden Writing Room was destroyed during the Second World War, and many of the books were subsequently sold by his nephew's widow, and are now - unsurprisingly - mostly in America.

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