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Description: Sevenoaks School
Date Listed: 13 April 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 172173
OS Grid Reference: TQ5316854189
OS Grid Coordinates: 553168, 154189
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2663, 0.1941
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TQ 5354/1/1 13.4.51
This group of buildings consisting of School and Almshouses dates from the
early C18 and was designed by Lord Burlington, but the endow ment and
foundation of the School and Almshouses date from 1432. The general layout
is symmetrical with centre school block with courtyard in front and supporting
Almshouse wings on either side bordering the street. The 2 almshouse wings are
connected in front of the courtyard by low screen wall surmounted by cast iron
railings with centre gateway (gates removed). The whole design is carried
out in coursed local stone blocks with flint infilling to mortar joints.
2.3.2 window facade with centre portion slightly projecting. Left hand wing
of three storeys. Centre feature and right hand wing of 4 storeys. The 4th
storey of the right hand wing is a late C19 addition and spoils the symmetry
of the design. Left hand wing with moulded dentilled eaves and gutter.
Centre portion and right hand wing with moulded modillioned eaves and gutter.
Centre with pyramidal slate roof with sprocketed hips and lead flashing and
surmounted by octagon leaded lantern. Lantern with 8 small lights at side
and surmounted by small domed feature with ornamental weathervane on top.
Supporting wing to left with sprocketed hipped, Welsh slate roof. Elevation
with continuous plinth and band above ground floor windows. Painted wooden
casements throughout with flat stone lintel arches over. Ground floor, first
and second floor windows with oblong mullioned and transomed casements. Plain
square-paned casements on fourth floor. Projecting stone voussoirs over 3
centre ground floor windows. 3 centre first floor windows with projecting
rusticated stone dressings and flat arches over with graded voussoirs. Centre
recessed round headed alcove on second floor with rusticated dressing. Mullioned
and transomed casements on either side with rusticated dressing similar to
those on first floor. 3 small square casements in centre on third floor with
projecting square moulded surroundings and centre voussoirs. Supporting wing
to left with C18 panelled door (up 2 steps) with plain fanlight over contained
in rusticated round-headed surround. Mullioned and transomed window to right.
Recessed rectangular stone panel over door and oblong mullioned and transomed
window to right on first floor. 2 oblong mullioned and transomed casements
on second floor. Supporting wing to right with similar corresponding eleva-
tional treatment but with extra third floor addition with square casement
windows matching those on third floor of centre feature. Corresponding door
on ground floor with painted wooden panel in place of fanlight. No correspond-
ing window beside door on ground floor. 2 stone chimney stacks with moulded
cornices symmetrically placed either side of centre feature. The front
elevation has the addition of a modern exterior fire escape which alters its
Sevenoaks School and Almshouses form a group (This does not include the modern
school buildings to rear).
Listing NGR: TQ5320754098
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Source: English Heritage
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