Capel Manor House is a small modern steel-framed private house in Horsmonden, in Kent in southern England. It was designed by Michael Manser for John Howard, who had been a Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Edward Heath.[1] It was built between 1969 and 1970.[1] The house was constructed on the site of, and within the remains of, Capel House, an earlier mansion built by Thomas Henry Wyatt in Italian Gothic style in the mid-nineteenth century and demolished in the 1960s.[2] The architectural writer John Newman describes the Manser house as "a severe Miesian pavilion."[3]:307 The colonnades of Wyatt's winter garden now enclose a swimming pool.[3]:307 The house is an important example of modern architecture in Britain, and in 2013 was designated a Grade II* listed building.[2]


  1. ^ a b Neil Jackson (2016). The Modern Steel House. London: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781136745287.
  2. ^ a b Capel Manor House, including the remains of the winter garden and the arcaded retaining wall with balustrade and steps belonging to an earlier house. Historic England. Accessed March 2017.
  3. ^ a b John Newman, (2012). Kent: West and The Weald. The Buildings of England. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300185096.

Further reading

  • David Heathcote (2008). The Seventies House. London: Wiley Academy. ISBN 0470024194. 
  • J. Lowrie (1974). Modern Houses in Town and Country. London: Collins. ISBN 9780004350868. 
  • June Park (1974). Houses for Today. London: Batsford. ISBN 0713406550. 
  • Richard Einzig (1996). The Modern Steel House. London: Nichols. ISBN 1854902946.