Peter Aldington's three village houses (The Turn, Middle Turn, Turn End) in Haddenham,
Buckinghamshire were designed and built in the 1960s, Peter and Margaret Aldington
doing much of the building work themselves. They received a Royal Institute of British
Architects Award for Architecture in 1970.
On July 15 1998, the three buildings were added to the list of buildings of special
architectural or historic interest. This was upgraded to II* in 2006, one of only
a handful of post war houses at this grade. In 1998 the Aldington family and a group of founder trustees formed Turn End Charitable Trust to ensure the continuing maintenace and use of the buildings.
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 Aldingtons still live at Turn End, Middle Turn is lived in by its
original owners, while The Turn is currently let. The estate also includes a 19th
century cottage 9 Townside, and a Victorian house 6+8 High Street, which was converted
by the Aldingtons in the 1970s to provide flats, and office space for the growing
Turn End Charitable Trust, with the help of some generous sponsorship, has recently reprinted the book 'A Garden and Three Houses', telling the story of Turn End. The book is described more fully on 'The Book' page where there is also an order form.