“ Address: Quebec Square, Westerham, TN16 1TD, London „
James Wolfe was a British Army officer and best remembered for his victory over the French in the Battle of Quebec, Canada in 1759. Like Horatio Nelson who was killed at the height of the Battle of Trafalgar, Wolfe was killed at the peak of the battle of Quebec by a French cannon shot. Subsequent to his death one of his childhood homes has been named Quebec House.
Brief history of Quebec House:
Quebec House is a 500 years old Tudor building, but has kept its updated 17th century appearance. Built from mellowed brick and Kentish ragstone outside with low-ceilinged, wood panelled rooms inside it has a homely feel to it.
In 1726 James Wolfe's parents rented the house, then known as Spiers. One year later James Wolfe was born and spent the first eleven years of his life at Quebec House.
In 1913 a Canadian citizen from Montreal, Joseph Learmont bought the house for the love and admiration of James Wolfe. He and his wife never lived there. As a result of his bequest in 1918 the house became the first property owned by the National Trust.
Highlights of Quebec House:
1. The House
Quebec House is hidden behind a high red brick with a narrow entrance. It is a Grade 1 listed gabled building. There is a plaque on the front wall to commemorate Joseph Learmont.
In the living room you can see beautiful 16th wooden furniture. Upstairs in the Bicentenary Room you can see a collection of portraits, prints and mementos relating to General Wolfe and his victory at Quebec in 1759. Don't miss his pencil sketch drawn by his aide-de-camp and his travelling canteen. At the top room there is a small display about Greenwich where he was buried.
2. The Garden
At the back of the house there is a garden and the Wolfe family used it as a kitchen garden. Now you can see newly recreated vegetable plots and herb beds, which were recorded in his mother's cooking diaries. Sitting on a bench in the garden you can see Westerham church nearby where Wolfe was baptised.
3. The New Exhibition
The New Exhibition is mainly telling the story of the Battle of Quebec. At a corner there is an information panel that lists the lifetime of Wolfe and his two love stories.
Opening times and price:
Quebec House is owned by the National Trust. Currently entrances to the House are £4.70 for adults, £1.70 for children and £11.00 for family. If you're a member of National Trust you can get the free entrance.
Quebec House is open five days a week from 1pm to 5pm between March and November. For the rest of the year the opening times are different. For more details please visit National Trust official website.
There is a charge payable parking for visitors in 500m distance from entrance. A small reception with an on-site shop is inside the house.
Quebec House is located in a beautiful village called Westerham, which was also the home of Sir Winston Churchill. On the Green at Westerham you can see statues of Wolfe and Churchill.
To make the most of your day out you could also visit Chartwell, the home of Churchill and Knole House, the childhood home of Vita Sackville-West. They both are close to Quebec House and are also owned by the National Trust.
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Childhood home of General James Wolfe, victor of the Battle of Quebec (1759).