Architectural plans

Scope and Content

This class consists of a series of architectural plans relating to two separate properties RD hoped to have designed or converted for himself and his family, although none of these designs were actually executed. The plans relate to a proposed house at Hampstead designed by Charles Annesley Voysey (Ella Donat's uncle) and C. Cowles-Voysey (his son); and two versions of a proposed conversion of a barn and reconstruction of a house called 'Bramblebury', in Dunsmore, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, designed by C. Cowles-Voysey and by Frank Wells. RD did in fact live in Hampstead Garden Suburb during the mid-1930s, in a ten-roomed house called Meadway, before moving in 1937 to his country home, Brambleberry, which was set in its own fifteen-acre estate. The Hampstead design and the plans for reconstructing Brambleberry embody RD's dreams rather than the reality of his family homes. Their scope (involving such design features as theatres and dancefloors) may, however, reflect his lifestyle and expectations at this point in his career. All the plans are original except FRD1/12/1/10-12, which are modern photographic reproductions.