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Description: Mountains and Garden Wall Attached to Right
Date Listed: 8 August 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 118969
OS Grid Reference: TL8618112891
OS Grid Coordinates: 586181, 212891
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7837, 0.6978
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TL 81 SE GREAT TOTHAM MOUNTAINS ROAD
4/134 Mountains and garden
wall attached to right
House. C15/C16 with C18 and early C20 extensions, the latter by Gambier Parry
for The Hon. Lady Du Cane, at which time items bought from nearby Braxted Park
House q.v. 2/46 by Lady Du Cane were incorporated into the building. Timber
framed original ranges. Red brick faced, red brick built later range. Red
plain tiled roofs. 3 red brick chimney stacks visible from front (south). 2
gabled ranges, that to left original, to right the C20 extensions. To rear is
the hipped C18 range. 2 storeys and cellar. Both gables with 2 storey hipped
roofed bays that to right hipped to gable apex, bargeboards to left gable. 1:1
window range of small paned vertically sliding sashes, also a small light to
first floor of left gable. Central small paned door in moulded surround.
Lean-to bay to left return and 2 C18 tall vertically sliding sash windows with
round heads to C18 range. The red brick wall attached to right with stone Du
Cane eagles to gate pillars and terminating in a small red brick and tiled
summer house. Interior features include: the original build with lozenge stop
chamfered bridging joists, heavy wall studs with halved arch braces. Jowled
storey posts, arched wind braces to roof rafters. Halved and bridled top plate
scarf. Inglenook fireplace with curved fireplace to first floor. A second
similar bedroom fireplace with the ground floor opening now blocked. Iron
fireback 1721, reputed to come from Hurstmonceaux Castle. Fine library,
plastered, with pine mouldings from elsewhere. Ionic pilasters, carved cornice,
moulded and carved 6 panelled doors, central recessed panel to wall between
carved bookshelves which contain the original library of Lady Du Cane. Green
marble fire surround, carved and moulded with sunken centre arch, carved
brackets to shelf now with 3 light mirror over, moulded and carved dado. Hall
and corridor with C17/C18 square panelling probably from Braxted Park. Fine
staircase with 2 turned balusters to each tread, moulded open string. Modillion
cornice over. Original shutters to round headed window. Master bedroom with
moulded surrounds, wainscots, etc. Victorian moulded cast iron fireplace to
bathroom. C18 doors. Victorian moulded cast iron fireplace to kitchen with
patent water boiler and tap. Set of servants bells. One of the earliest
Japanese Gardens in Britain by Lady Du Cane, still exists by the stream in the
garden. Country Life, 14 March 1925.
Listing NGR: TL8618112891
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