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A Step Too Far for house?
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Is a Home a House?

Sunday 18
October 1998 @ 2:00

Elton has been told he has gone too far in the spectacular changes he has made to Woodside, his 37-acre estate in Old Windsor, England, reported the Daily Telegraph October 17, 1998.


English Heritage has withdrawn the listed status of the six-bedroom mock-Edwardian house, which the entertainer bought for £400,000 in the mid-1970s.


The Grade 11 listing, first granted in 1951, was dropped after the U.K.’s conservation agency decided Sir Elton’s alterations had robbed the 18th-century house of its historical value. A Doric porch, a dado, cornicing, skirting and panelling are said to have been removed.


The changes reflect Elton’s flamboyant ways, from the lush, colourful interiors to the spectacular garden with an obelisk and busts and statues of Roman emperors.


An English Heritage spokesman said: “Elements of architectural

importance have been altered so the listed status is no longer valid.”


Margaret Gilson, an historian based in Old Windsor, said: “It doesn’t surprise me that it is no longer listed. It has been altered over the years.”


[Ed. Only question: how can an Edwardian home (turn of the century) be described variably as 18th century!!]