Pigeonwick, Fallows Green

Home of Ellen Terry - 1869-1874

Pigeonwick, painted by Johnston Forbes-Robertson – From Country Life article, 1990

In 1867 Ellen Terry eloped to Harpenden with Edward William Godwin, an architect. They first lived in a cottage on Gustard Wood Common, where Godwin worked on the plans for the house they subsequently built at Fallowsgreen РPigeonwick.

Godwin’s design for Pigeonwick – RIBA 12579, 1869

Extract from 1879 OS map

Pigeonwick with gatehouse, by F Thurston 1904

The house passed through various owners. By 1926 the ivy-covered gatehouse had fallen into disrepair and was demolished.

Ivy-clad gatehouse, shortly before demolition in 1926- copied from Thurston photo LHS archive, cat.no. 209

New owners were sought in 1932.

Auction notice for sale of Fallows Green, 14 July 1932

In the 1960s the house was demolished, not long before it reached its centenary.

Demolition of Pigeonwick in 1964 – LHS-DS 631

Demolition of Pigeonwick in 1964 – LHS Archives LHS-DS 632

A cul-de-sac named after the house (which was sometimes known as Fallowsgreen House) was built in 1967.

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  • Photos of Pigeonwick being demolished in 1964 have come to light in the course of digitising and indexing slides. Although the colour film has deteriorated, these images are a poignant reminder of lost heritage, and have been added to the page above.

    By Rosemary Ross (03/06/2020)

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