Quebec HouseTunbridge Wells
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James Wolfe and the little Kentish town of Westerham in south-east England are linked by being the childhood home of the famous General. He was actually born in the Old Vicarage on a dark and stormy night in January 1727 but spent his childhood in Quebec House.

The 16th century red brick house is at the east end of Westerham, on the north side of the A25 facing a junction with the B2026 Edenbridge road. It is hidden behind a high brick wall and entry is through a wrought iron gate in the wall.

The house was originally called Spiers and young James lived there for the first eleven years of his life.

He followed his grandfather and father into the Marines, becoming an incredibly successful young officer who drove the French out of Canada by capturing Quebec in 1759. In honour of this victory and as a tribute to the famous young soldier who spent his childhood in this charming house, it has been renamed Quebec House. See the article - General James Wolfe in this website.

As was common with military families, Colonel Wolfe was away on Army business a lot of the time but James had a great childhood, spending much of his time with the Warde family at nearby Squerryes Court. Their father also was an important military officer.

The house has significant architectural features and is full of family and military memorabilia. James was a bright, intelligent boy, outspoken with strong moral principles, and not given to social airs and graces. It is rather fun to imagine him rampaging around the house, playing hide and seek with his friends.

The old coach house contains a detailed exhibition telling the story of the 1759 Battle of Quebec.

In line with bringing the house back to how it looked when the Wolfes lived there a vegetable plot and herb gardens have been planted outside the coach house.

Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Lastminute here:    External Link
 
 
Opening Dates & Times
Wednesday – Sunday 
Bank Holiday Mondays.
Check the National Trust website for details  Web:   National Trust/ Quebec House opening times    External Link
 
Admission Price
National Trust members free.
Check the official website for details  Web:  National Trust/ Quebec House admission prices    External Link
 
Disabled Access
Level entrance.
Ground floor has steps, ramp available
Many stairs with handrail to other floors
Wide main staircase with polished steps
Toilets on ground floor
Grounds have loose gravel paths
Disabled parking in town.
For further information, visit the National Trust website  Web:  National Trust/ Quebec House Access    External Link
 
Facilities
Tearoom and shop in old coach house,  Web:  National Trust/ Quebec House Facilities    External Link
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0) 1732 866368 (Infoline)
Telephone  +44 (0) 1732 868381
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Website   National Trust/ Quebec House    External Link
 
Getting There
- By Car
Exit M25 at Junction 5 or 6 At east end of village, on north side of A25, facing junction with B2026 Edenbridge road.  
 
Google Maps - Quebec House Westerham