Turn End is one of three houses designed and built in the 1960s by architect Peter Aldington in the village of Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. It is still the private home of the Aldington family.
The three houses received a Royal Institute of British Architects Award for Architecture in 1970 and are listed at Grade II* in 2006; only a handful of post war houses are listed at this grade.
As modern housing, made of wood, concrete block and glass, in a traditional setting, the group has always been celebrated as a rare British representative amongst the best of European housing design and has welcomed visitors from all over the world. It has provided teaching material for students of architecture and landscape design, been written about nationally and internationally and photographed widely.
Turn End’s garden, designed and made by Peter as a natural extension to the house, grew with the buildings, maturing into an internationally renowned garden, gaining publicity through television programmes, and the many articles that have been written about it.
The Turn End Charitable Trust (now the Turn End Trust) was founded in 1998. Its aim is to secure the future of Turn End house and garden for the benefit of the wider community. Its objectives are, for the benefit of the public generally:
the sympathetic conservation, protection and maintenance of the properties and garden
the advancement of education and scholarship in the art of building and garden design
the promotion of public knowledge and understanding of architecture, planning, landscape architecture and allied subjects
The Trust runs an annual programme of events, which includes House and Garden Open days and a Sculpture exhibition. In 2014, the Trust introduced a ‘Friends of Turn End’ scheme which brings with it additional access times to the garden as well as exclusive Friends events. Please find out more on our Trust Events page.