It was placed on the statutory register of listed buildings in 1993 as being "of special architectural or historic interest considered to be of national importance and therefore worth protecting". Stotfold was designed by architect Thomas Phillips Figgis for its owner, the industrialist John Roe Hickman of the toolmaking firm of Buck and Hickman.
The Historic England register entry describes it as:
"House, now flats. 1908-9 by T Phillips Figgis. Red brick with Ham Hill stone dressings, tile roof. Double-depth plan, a central double-height staircase hall having entrance to left and projecting former billiard hall to right. Symmetrical composition to garden with former drawing and dining rooms extending into bays. Service range to east. Conservatory projects to west where ground falls away.
Two storeys and attics, irregular end stacks. All windows leaded casements. Entrance dominated by vast central stack with, either side, mullion and transom windows with coloured heraldic panels to staircase hall - that to left of double height, that to right set over stairs. Entrance to left under single five-light window in square block with set-back gable behind; door set under semi-circular porch with stone voussoirs and quoins. Projecting canted bay to right. Similar bays to garden elevation, with continuous seven-light windows, either side of three-bay loggia. Single storey service range substantially rebuilt to rear.
Interior. Staircase hall an impressive double-height space with moulded ceiling, vaulted corridor under projecting first floor gallery, flat baluster stair and brick fireplace. Rest of interior not inspected."
The original leaded casement windows, entrance hall, chimney stacks, and the mullion and transom windows with coloured heraldic panels to staircase hall are all intact, together with details such as the original light fittings above the front door and in the staircase hall, and the original iron rainwater downpipes remain, moulded with the date "1907". Internally, the staircase hall, staircase and fireplace are largely unaltered.
Stotfold is fortunate to have escaped the attention of developers over the years. Today, its owners are very mindful of its status as a heritage asset as well as a comfortable and beautiful home.
Stotfold is an occasional venue for film, television and fashion shoots, by arrangement direct with the owners, as are some of the individual flats, some of which have interiors which have been preserved or restored so as to remain faithful to the Arts & Crafts period. It can also by viewed by prior appointment. For further details, please write to "Venue hire, Stotfold, Mavelstone Road, BR1 2SY". It seems archaic to use the post, but it stops junk email... so please be tolerant: we promise that your enquiry will be answered (by email or phone) immediately.
Photographs of Stotfold from 1907 and the present day are in the Galleries.