‘Fitting tribute’ to children’s author in naming of new Beckenham retirement housing

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 December 2017

An artist's impression of the De la Mare House retirement housing development coming to Beckenham. Picture: McCarthy and Stone

An artist's impression of the De la Mare House retirement housing development coming to Beckenham. Picture: McCarthy and Stone


Celebrated writer Walter de la Mare is the inspiration behind the name of an upcoming retirement housing development.

McCarthy and Stone’s new Lifestyle Living scheme on Albemarle Road, Beckenham, will be known as De la Mare House, in honour of the poet and novelist.

De la Mare, born in Beckenham, is known for his children’s literature, his poem The Listeners and psychological horror stories including Seaton’s Aunt and All Hallows. He is remembered locally through a plaque on Mackenzie Road, under two miles away from the new development.

Georgina Akers, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone South East, said: “Walter de la Mare played a significant part in English history for his literature and poetry. On account of the fact he was born in Beckenham, lived in the town and composed his writings here, we thought naming our new development De la Mare House would be a fitting tribute.”

The company’s Lifestyle Living sites are aimed at people aged 55 and over. De la Mare House – currently under construction – will boast 16 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, complete with balconies. The development will feature a secure entry system and landscaped gardens to relax in.

The location is close to a variety of amenities including a Marks and Spencer supermarket, Beckenham Place Park, and the cafes and shops which line the high street.

McCarthy and Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, is the only housebuilder in the country to receive the full five star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation for 12 years in a row – the entire length the awards have been run.

Ms Akers continued: “The McCarthy and Stone team is looking forward to becoming part of the Beckenham community. We believe this latest prestigious Lifestyle Living development will play a real part in helping to bring friends and family together – something we feel is incredibly important, and will continue to bring many positive benefits to the area.”

To register your interest in De la Mare house, or to find out more, call the company on 0800 201 4743 or visit


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