History of Lamb House
Lamb House has been an inspirational environment for many authors, resulting in it also becoming a fictionalised setting for some of their most well-known books. King George I stayed there in 1726. Explore the historical significance of this Sussex treasure.
Fit for a King
An inspiring place to write
The American novelist Henry James discovered Rye and Lamb House quite by chance whilst visiting an architect friend. He was enchanted by the house and delighted when the opportunity arose to lease it in 1897. He bought it two years later.
James wrote his novella The Turn of the Screw and several acclaimed novels including: The Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl. It was while living and working at Lamb House that James began to be known as ‘The Master’. He usually wrote in the Green Room but he preferred the Garden Room in summer. This was a self-contained building next to the house constructed in 1743 as a separate banqueting room but destroyed in 1940 during a bombing raid. Lamb House appeared as Mr Langdon’s home in James’s novel An Awkward Age.