Henry James lived at Lamb House from 1898 to 1916. Many James mementos are scattered throughout the house, which is set in a walled garden. Its previous owner joined the gold rush in North America but perished in the Klondike, and James was able to buy the freehold for a modest £2,000. Some of his well-known books were written here. In English Hours, James wrote: "There is not much room in the pavilion, but there is room for the hard-pressed table and tilted chair -- there is room for a novelist and his friends."