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Wells at Spade House in 1907.

Spade House was the home of the science fiction writer H. G. Wells from 1901 to 1909. It is a large mansion overlooking Sandgate, near Folkestone, in southeast England.


The house was designed by C.F.A. Voysey. Voysey included a signature heart shape on the door of every home he designed, but Wells rejected this in favour of a spade. Wells's two sons were born here, and while living at Spade House Wells wrote books including Kipps, Tono-Bungay and Ann Veronica.

The house has been Grade II* listed on the National Heritage List for England since March 1975.[1] It is now occupied by the "Wells House" nursing home.[2] At the entrance is an ornate nameplate and a blue plaque from the Sandgate Society, commemorating the link to Wells.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Historic England, "Greyfriars (1061164)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 14 October 2017
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Coordinates: 51°4′29″N 1°9′8.5″E / 51.07472°N 1.152361°E / 51.07472; 1.152361