Thorndyke and Thistlegate



Another Arts and Crafts house worth mentioning is Thorndyke, 39 Kirk Road.  This house was built in 1925 for James Sturrock of the Forebank Dye Works in Dundee. His wife, Emily Evangelina Leng, was the daughter of Sir John Leng of Kinbrae. After their deaths their daughter Jean lived here until around 1934.

Interestingly,  Harben Valentine moved in to Thorndyke in 1934, having left Sandford where he had lived for over 30 years, exchanging one Arts and Crafts house for another.


In 1934 Jean moved into Thistlegate (7 Forgan Way), newly built next door to Thorndyke for her. From the 1960s Thistlegate was occupied by Stanley Jones and he changed the name to Newstead.




Although Thorndyke and Thistlegate were built later than the earlier Arts and Crafts houses, they are both very much of the Arts and Crafts style, with their wood panelling, wooden beams and use of stained glass.

Other examples are in Wormit, with houses in Kilmany Road and Bay Road both clearly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement.

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