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Description: Bentham Hill
Date Listed: 10 December 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 169311
OS Grid Reference: TQ5689342106
OS Grid Coordinates: 556893, 142106
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1567, 0.2422
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SOUTHBOROUGH THE COMMON
- Bentham Hill
1830-32. Small country house in Deveyesque mode by Decimus Burton for Alexandre
Pott. Now flats. Sandstone ashlar with tiled roof. Irregular L-shaped house
of 2 storeys. ENTRANCE (EAST) FRONT. Staggered 'L' in shape. Low left-hand
wing with tall pitched roof, gable containing pointed window. Main block of
house L-shaped with canted re-entrant entrance angle, the porch projecting with-
in the angle as 3 sides of an octagon made up of 3 four-centred arches. SOUTH
FRONT. 3 windows. Gable to right with decorated barge-boards, pendant and
finial. Pointed 2nd storey window in gable with uncarved shield above. EAST
FRONT. Chimney breast projecting to left with window on each side on ground-
floor, each with tiled weatherhood above. Segment-headed windows set directly
into breast on 1st floor. Paired stacks. Gable to right. Decorated barge-
boards with pendant and finial. Entrance to left of gable. NORTH FRONT. 3
storeys, as ground drops sharply on this side. Basement built out with terrace
above. 3 small gables with large gable to left. No interiors survive. In
the history of late C19 domestic architecture this little known house has a very
important place as a progenitor, possibly as THE progenitor of the Olde English
style. Philip Miller, Decimus Burton, 1800-81. Exhib Cat, Building Centre,
Listing NGR: TQ5769442764
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Source: English Heritage
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