History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
James Wolfe lived here until he was 11 when his family moved to Greenwich in 1738. At that time the house was named Spiers; it only became known as Quebec House after Wolfe's death.
Simon Jenkins, in his popular book 'England's Thousand Best Houses', seems exasperated that the house is so full of Wolfe memorabilia, but after all, that IS the point of preserving this attractive building. And if it were not for the generosity of Canadian Joseph Learmont and his wife, the house would never have been preserved at all. Learmont purchased the house and granted it to the National Trust in 1913, making it one of the Trust's first house properties.
Yes, it is full to bursting with memorabilia related to General Wolfe, including variations on the famous painting by Benjamin West of the unfortunate Wolfe's death at Quebec. But that's part of the fascination of Quebec House; we get to glimpse into the life and career of one man and his family, to see how they lived - and died.
Several highlights of the house really stick in my mind; the ground floor parlour, with its beautifully carved mantlepiece, is one. Another is Wolfe's travelling canteen, a rather amazing piece of Georgian woodwork, with carefully crafted compartments and slots for plates, cups, saucers, cooking equipment, and all the paraphernalia that Wolfe carried along with him on campaign. The Broadwood piano in the upstairs drawing room is lovely, and on it stands music composed in honour of Wolfe after his death.
The house is set in very small gardens, with an exhibition on Wolfe's life and the campaign for Quebec in an outbuilding immediately behind the house. Quebec House is rather cramped for space, so there is no parking on site, but the main (paid) town car park is a 2 minute walk away, down the A25 in the direction of Brasted.
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About Quebec House
Address: Quebec Square, Westerham, Kent, England, TN16 1TD
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: At the junction of the A25 and B2026. Paid parking in the town parking lot just east of the house (signposted).
Website: Quebec House
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: TQ449 540
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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