DiCamillo Companion

Winkfield Place

  • House & Family History: During World War II Winkfield Place was occupied by the Canadian Red Cross. After the war the House became the domestic science school of Constance Spry, the famous flower-arranger and chef. Constance probably reached her height in 1947, when Wakefield Place provided the flowers for Princess Elizabeth's Westminster Abbey wedding. Constance was a good friend of the writer Beverley Nichols and appeared, thinly-veiled, in his "Merry Hall" series of books.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: After World War II Constance Spry was instrumental in bringing antique roses back into fashion; she spent years cultivating the old varieties in Winkfield's garden. The famous David Austin's first rose (introduced in 1961) was named after Spry.

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Edwards family, 18th century. Richard Buckley, 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Flat Owners Company / Condo Association

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No