Art & Framing

David Parr House

David Parr House is an ordinary terraced house with an extraordinary hand-painted interior. Home to the Victorian working-class artist, David Parr and his family, the house is an example of Arts and Crafts workmanship layered with 20th-century social history.

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David Parr House is an ordinary terraced house with an extraordinary hand-painted interior. Home to the Victorian working-class artist, David Parr and his family, the house is an example of Arts and Crafts workmanship layered with 20th-century social history.

As a workman for the Cambridge firm of artworkers, F R Leach & Sons, David Parr hand-painted houses and churches in schemes created by some of the best architects and designers in the country.

In 1886, he bought 186 Gwydir Street and over the next 40 years, decorated his terraced home by lamps and candlelight in the style of the grand interiors he worked on every day. After David died in 1927, the home was preserved by his granddaughter, Elsie Palmer for over 85 years.

Today, David Parr House is open to visitors. We have a varied programme of house tours, workshops and events. See our current programme here.

We also have a shop stocked with a carefully selected range of products and cards that embody the David Parr House commitment to value quality, craftsmanship and authenticity. Drop in on a tour day or shop online here.

Times
Thursdays & Saturdays
9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Last Friday of the month
9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Tickets
£14.50 (£16 with donation) per person

To visit the house, please book online here.

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Facilities

  • Car Parking
  • Cloakroom facilities

Accessibility Facilities

  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
  • Staff available to assist
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Did you know?

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