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Description: Main Building to Farnborough Hill Convent
Date Listed: 13 November 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 137850
OS Grid Reference: SU8718856449
OS Grid Coordinates: 487188, 156449
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3005, -0.7508
Main building to
Farnborough Hill Convent
SU 8756 4/26 13.11.75
Large house by H E Kendall Jun. built for T G Longman (publisher) 1863;
following his death in 1879 the house was bought by the widowed Empress
of Napoleon III, who extended the building (1883), which became a 'court in
exile' until her heath in 1920. During the present century used as an RC
public school for girls, again being extended.
Stockbroker/baronial fantasy. 2 storeys, with 5 storey tower above entrance.
The ground floor is in red brick, with lavish Bath stone dressings; above is
an elaborate half-timbered superstructure in a late-medieval Continental style.
Steep tile roofing, pyramid octagonal lead-covered turret, mini-hips and many
gables; ornate barge boards to gables and dormers. Plaster infilling to framework,
some with relief carvings, bands at first and second floor level. Mullion/
transom fenestration, in wood above but stone on ground floor. Highly
decorated treatment includes the monogram of the first owner. Later additions
of several periods; earlier in French style but the latest in plainer neo-
Listing NGR: SU8762456569
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Source: English Heritage
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