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. It is now occupied by the "Wells House" nursing home. At the entrance is an ornate nameplate and a blue plaque from the Sandgate Society, commemorating the link to Wells.
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