Grayson Perry’s House for Essex causing traffic woes in Wrabness

A House for Essex, holiday home in Wrabness designed by Grayson Perry and FAT Architecture. Image co

A House for Essex, holiday home in Wrabness designed by Grayson Perry and FAT Architecture. Image copyright: FAT Architecture - Credit: Archant

Road improvements are being planned for a north Essex village which has been besieged by visitors to a new art installation.

External work has recently been completed on A House for Essex in Wrabness, created as a concept by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry.

Working with FAT Architecture the Chelmsford-born cross-dressing artist designed the holiday home, which overlooks the River Stour, after a commission from Living Architecture.

Work is now underway on the interior and the home, in Black Boy Lane, is expected to be open for bookings from this spring.

Also known as Julie’s House, after Perry said the home would pay tribute to the fictional Julie who used to live in it, the building has already proved a popular tourist attraction.


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However the substantial increase in visitors keen to get a glimpse of the house seen by the village has led to problems with parking and traffic.

In particular the narrow lane has struggled to cope with cars travelling to and from the house, while residents’ driveways are regularly used for visitors to turn around in or to avoid other passing traffic.

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In a bid to solve the problem Essex Highways has agreed to install new signs and road markings.

The body will also write to NCP, which runs the car park at Wrabness railway station, to see if the facility can be opened up more for the benefit of the community.

The works come after a top level meeting was organised by Carlo Guglielmi, Essex county councillor for Tendring Rural West, with senior councillors and local authority officials as well as parish council members to discuss the issues raised by villagers.

Mr Guglielmi said: “The parish council put forward a very good case to both our cabinet members for highways and I am absolutely delighted that they listened.

“The enhancement measures agreed will greatly improve Wrabness’s residents’ everyday life.”

The meeting was part of a new highways surgery system.

Four people at a time can stay in the two-bedroom house, which was built by Rose Builders from Manningtree.

A House for Essex is one of a number of commissions by Living Architecture across the country.

Prices have not yet been confirmed but some of its other residences cost as little as £22 per night.

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