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Satis House, Rochester

Description: Satis House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 24 October 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 172936

OS Grid Reference: TQ7408568506
OS Grid Coordinates: 574085, 168506
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3889, 0.5006

Location: Baker's Walk, Rochester ME1 1TE

Locality: Rochester
County: Medway
Country: England
Postcode: ME1 1TE

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Listing Text

TQ 7468 NW AND TQ 7468 SW
7/9 AND 9/9 Satis House
Former private house, now administrative and library block to the
King's School. MidCl8 to early C19: early stuccoed brick facade
(towards castle, facing N), circa 1800 rear elevation and mid-C18
NW wing, unrendered brick. Kent tile roofs throughout. 2
storeys with basement. Double depth plan. entrance front (N):
5 bays; 4 area, 4 ground, and 5 1st floor hornless sash windows
in reveals, all with glazing bars. Projecting Greek Doric antae
porch on plinth with steps, 4 antae, entablature and pediment,
with bust of Richard Watts (see historic note below). Panelled
double doors. Parapet with stone coping and moulded cornice
band. Rear elevation: 2 components, the circa 1800 build with
off-centre 2-storey curved wing with area; sash windows to upper
floors, with glazing bars, in reveals and under rubbed brick flat
arches; to the right of wing, one large round-headed sash window
to ground floor. Principal door with railings and granite steps.
2-storey wing to left has 2 slightly recessed bays; 3-sided
canted bay to NW with mid-C18 sash windows under segmental
arches. Interior: off-axis dog-leg stair with stick balusters
and mahogany rail. On-axis pair of double doors, 6 panels raised
and fielded. Circa 1800 doors throughout. Room at extreme NW
with mid-C18 raised and fielded panelling, modillion cornice and
guilloche dado rail; swag frieze to chimneypiece. Historical
note: earlier buildings on this site (visible in early C18
topographical map of Rochester) formed part of a large house that
incorporated the Old Hall (qv) and was one the residence of
Richard Watts. His entertainment here in 1573 of Queen Elizabeth
elicited her grudging approval with the word 'satis' - hence the
name of the building.

Listing NGR: TQ7409568504

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Source: English Heritage

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