The San Lawrenz home, where British novelist Nicholas Monsarrat lived with his wife for many years, is one of two properties which were scheduled in grade two by the Planning Authority. The home of Monsarrat, known for his novel “The Kappillan of Malta”, was scheduled for its architectural, historical and social value.
The Authority also scheduled for the same value a palace in Żejtun which has a 2,000 square metres garden.
The popular novel “The Kappillan of Malta” which recounts life in the Maltese islands during World War II, is one of the novels which the British author Monsarrat wrote while living at this house in Triq il-Wileġ, San Lawrenz, Gozo.
Built on two floors, the house has Maltese typical characteristics including archads, an open space between rooms and a stone stairs, together with a garden. Nicholas and Ann Monsarrat had bought the house in 1968 during a visit to Gozo. The author signed the promise of sale in less than 24 hours and lived in it for many years until 1979. His wife Ann, who died two months ago, continued living at the house until a few years ago.
The other scheduled property in Żejtun consists of a palace with a neo-classical architecture and includes a symmetrical facade, while the iron and glass frame on the door has the letters D and Z for the Testaferrata and Zamitello families who were the first owners of the property. The palace also has a big garden with a series of columns along its passage.
According to planning regulations, scheduled properties in grade two cannot be demolished and may only undergo slight changes.