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Mr Percy Richard Morley Horder

Who was Percy Horder?

Percy Richard Morley Horder was an architect of country houses, working mainly in the Cotswolds and Dorset. He also designed a number of commercial and educational buildings.

He was born in Torquay, and was the son of the Congregationalist minister William Garrett Horder, the family then moved to Tottenham, London.

Life and Work

Horder's early work was in the Arts and Crafts style, but after the First World War his buildings were increasingly in the Neo-Georgian fashion. His work included public houses for the Godsell Brewery and designing new country houses or partially rebuilding existing houses. Through his friendship with Sir Jesse Boot he designed the buildings at University College, Nottingham which included Highfields Park.

Some of the Historic house Horder was involved in adding to or extensively rebuilding include:

  • Rodborough Court, Gloucestershire (1899) - Extending the house to the north-east and increasing its height in 1899.
  • Otley Hall, Suffolk - Horder made alterations and additions in 1910-1911 including a new entrance on the south side through the stair turret and made the addition of a small extension to to the south end of the south wing. Other alterations included rebuilding the chimney tops and removing some of the external plaster.
  • Nether Lypiatt Manor, Gloucestershire - Horder added a new wing in 1931, and also replaced the once removed attic storey with dormers in 1923.
  • Upton House, Warwickshire - Horder extensively rebuilt the house and created the segmented pediment over the entrance. The art gallery and the inside of the house was also designed by Horder.
  • Winwick Manor House, Northamptonshire - has a large extension to the south-east designed by Horder which is in keeping with the style of the original building.
  • Waterston Manor, Dorset - The gardens were laid out by Horder when he undertook remodelling of the house in 1911.

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