Standen is an Arts & Crafts house designed by Philip Webb, the architect and close friend of William Morris, for Mr and Mrs Beale and their family.
The Beales were part of a nonconformist Birmingham family and Mr Beale worked as a lawyer in the family firm. They owned a house in Holland Park in London where it is likely they discovered the Arts & Crafts movement. The house was built from 1892-94 and was initially used as a weekend and holiday home in the country. After Mr Beale retired the family moved here permanently, selling the house in Holland Park and buying a mansion flat.
Mr Beale died in 1912 but the family continued to live at Standen and it became the site of many happy childhood memories for the Beale grandchildren. The house stayed in the Beale family until 1972 when the youngest daughter Helen Beale died.
We are open to the public to visit and enjoy the house and garden. Please see our webpage for more details, events and opening times. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen/