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Description: 19, Knight Street
Date Listed: 2 October 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 160789
OS Grid Reference: TL4843014996
OS Grid Coordinates: 548430, 214996
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8139, 0.1519
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TL 4842 1500:1/15
Early c19. Said to be 1800-1810 from deeds. Rear part some 20 years later.
Large,well-proportioned,stucco Regency house. Timberframed with stucco
lined as ashlar, 3 storeys and cellar, 3 windows. Parallel 3 storey rear
range of similar construction but slightly lower. Each has a hipped slate
roof of low pitch with panelled plastered soffit to the broad eaves
overhang and light brackets spaced to match window pattern. Flush sash
windows with moulded architraves, central windows. 6/6 panes. Outer
windows wider with 8/8 panes. Square projecting single storey porch
stuccoed and with plinth and dentilled cornice. 6 panel front door with
fielded panels. Circa 1900 single storey flat roofed billiard room
stuccoed set back on N side. Discreet modern building set back on S side.
Garden front (E) has similar 3 window pattern with 4/4 paned outer sash
windows and 3/3 paned central sash window on 2nd floor. 3 light mullioned
and transomed casement outer windows on 1st floor but no central window.
Triple sashes full height on Gd floor with French windows to study and
billiard room set back on N side. Central round headed doorway. Door
glazed with margin lights. Scallop pattern fanlight. There are 4 rooms
to each floor, with internal gable chimneys. Central stair with passage
behind. Unequal floor levels front and rear on upper floors. Entrance
hall has dentilled cornice with reeding around the ceiling enriched by small
superimposed square panels with swirling paterae at close intervals in the
manner of modillions. Fine freestanding staircase supported on coupled
octagonal columns in the cellar. Stair rises in a double curve to the
upper landing quite unsupported. Cut string with mahogany rail and wreath.
Simple stick balusters, upper part of staircase has similar dentilled
plaster cornice with reeding and paterae panels. 6 panel doors generally
with planted mouldings. Library on Gd floor NE room has coved cornice,
grey marble fire surround with incised panels and corner roundels; and
panelled window shutters in the form of sliding doors disappearing into the
jambs and running on a floor rail under a hinged board. There are
pedimented overdoors to the 1st floor rooms, with slightly later ones to
the rear rooms. The SE bedroom is the most elaborate with light grey marble
fire surround with moulded architrave and scrolled brackets to shelf.
Plainer marble surround in NE room. OS 25" of 1879 marks it as Hillfield
House. Until recently called Knights Hill. A little altered Regency house
with many interior features of high quality.
Listing NGR: TL4843014996
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Source: English Heritage
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