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Bedgebury Lower School Collingwood House and Wall Attached, Hawkhurst

Description: Bedgebury Lower School Collingwood House and Wall Attached

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 20 June 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 169665

OS Grid Reference: TQ7572729313
OS Grid Coordinates: 575727, 129313
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0363, 0.5050

Location: B2244, Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 4RT

Locality: Hawkhurst
Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN18 4RT

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Listing Text

TQ 7429-7529 (east side)

18/315 Collingwood House
(Bedgebury Lower School)
20.6.67 and wall attached
House, now school. Mid C18, altered early C19. Red brick with stone dressings
and slate roofs. Three storey main block with single and 2 storeyed later wings,
basically Palladian in style with Neo-Classical alterations and details. Entrance
front: 3 storeys to centre with basement, with stone plat band and cornice to
parapet. Stacks to left. Three half-sized glazing bar sashes on second floor, 3
full size on first floor, all with moulded stone surrounds, the central window
pedimented, the outer windows on first floor with stone aprons. Segmentally
headed tripartite glazing bar sashes on ground floor in enriched and bracketed
surrounds. Central doubled half-glazed doors with fanlight and side-lights in
Doric porch with coupled columns (originally an open porch), the inner doors also
half-glazed. Railed basement area. Single storey extension to left with plinth,
discontinuous plat band and parapet to hipped roof, with 2 recessed round-headed
glazing bar sashes and apsidal end wall. Two storey and basement wing projecting
at right, with parapet and stacks to right. Three glazing bar sashes on each
floor, half sized on first floor, in moulded surrounds. Rear elevation with 7
glazing bar sashes on each floor and canted bay on ground floor. Interior:
geometrical main stair with stick balusters on scrolled treads and with wreathed
handrail and flanking niches in top lit well. Plaster barrel vaulted entrance
hall with Ionic screen to corridor. Apsidal room with traceried rose window fan-
light over exterior door. Heavily beamed and coffered Neo-Classical ceiling to
another ground floor room. Back stair with turned newels and ramped rail with
flying dog-leg over passageway. The house was bought by Sir John Herscliel in
1840, who died here in 1871. Like his father, a noted astronomer, (President of
the Royal Astronomical Society), Master of the Mint, 1850 and Pioneer of Photog-
raphy (coined the terms 'positive' and 'negative'. Projecting from end right is a
red brick wall, about 10 feet high and projecting about 30 yards in a double curve
to the north west.

Listing NGR: TQ7572729313

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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