WEBB, Philip Speakman
(b. 1831, Oxford, d. 1915, Worth, Sussex)

Exterior view

Red House, Bexleyheath, Greater London

Webb liked plain brick walls and introduced into them the plain slender windows of the William and Mary and Queen Anne period, remaining nevertheless in sympathy with the building traditions of the Gothic and Tudor styles. The Red House at Bexleyheath, his first work, designed for (and with) William Morris in 1859, shows already a combination of pointed arches and long segment-headed sash windows.

Red House, so-named for its red bricks and tiles, has an L-plan. The north wing included a dining-room and accommodation for bachelor friends on the ground-floor, and on the first floor a studio and drawing-room; services and bedrooms were in the west range. Gothic in spirit rather than to the letter, Red House was given deep porches, steep roofs, sash windows set into pointed arches and, within, red-brick fireplaces and arches, and some exposed roof timbers.