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Bayham Abbey and Garden Terraces, Lamberhurst

Description: Bayham Abbey and Garden Terraces

Grade: II
Date Listed: 20 October 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 169965

OS Grid Reference: TQ6445336819
OS Grid Coordinates: 564453, 136819
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1071, 0.3478

Location: Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8BE

Locality: Lamberhurst
Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN3 8BE

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Listing Text

TQ 63 NW
2/128 Bayham Abbey and garden

House and terrace, now apartments. 1870-72 for the Marquess Camden by David
Brandon, architect, and converted 1985. Coursed hammer-dressed ragstone with green
slate roofs. Jacobean style. Entrance (north) front: 3 storey main block with plinth,
string course and modillion eaves cornice to balustraded roof with three irregularly
sized and slightly projecting shaped gables to left and (paired) to centre, and
stacks ranged from left to right and to right front. Ten variously sized stone
mullioned and transomed windows on each floor, with 15 light stair window to centre
right on first floor and central porte-cochère, with coupled columns, keyed and
banded arches and pierced parapet. Lower 3 storey service wing to left also with
shaped gable and with bell tower, and projecting 2 storey and single storey service
buildings, enclosing a courtyard at end left. Garden elevation symmetrical and on
smaller frontage, with similar detailing as to entrance front and with 2 shaped
gabled wings projecting at left and right, with 2 storey bays, that to right canted,
and central 2 storey bow window. Five bays in all. Two storey wing to right, with
shaped gabled projecting centrepiece, and 2 bay arcaded porch linking to main block.
Single storey pilastered garden room attached to left and, with octagonal stair
vice, filling in re-entrant to return elevation of entrance front, with shaped gable
and 2 storey canted bay. The house stands on a terraced platform projecting from
the western elevation of the house and connected to it by a stone wall with wrought
iron gate. The terrace is rectangular in plan with a bowed section to the south of
the house, and has a pierced parapetted wall around it with occasional low piers,
with an opening into the gardens to the west. The lowest levels are reached on the
west side by a single flight of steps, and to the south by 3 flights of steps, all
with low sidewalls and piers bearing urns. Overlooks a fine, probably largely
earlier, landscaped park with the ruins of Bayham Abbey, and Brandon's church and
various other features (Humphrey Repton was consulted c.1800). Interior: despite
conversion to a number of units, the principal interiors survive, including Doric
screened entrance hall leading to grand staircase (not seen); ballroom, with
modillion cornice to panelled ceiling, and enriched marble fireplace and bow window
shutters operated by patent mechanical system set within the window piers; dining
room richly panelled in carved Italian walnut, and with swagged segmentally headed
fireplace (the chimney pieces supplied by Earp, Kennington Road, London), and
panelled ceiling.

Listing NGR: TQ6629036831

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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