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George Vaults, Rochester

Description: George Vaults

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 October 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 173039

OS Grid Reference: TQ7426768684
OS Grid Coordinates: 574267, 168684
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3904, 0.5033

Location: 35 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LN

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

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Listing Text

TQ 7468 NW
7/109 No 35 (George
Vaults) (formerly
24.10.50 listed as George
Public house. Late C18 and C19, built over early C14 (c.1320-5)
vaulted undercroft. Brick; hipped tile roof. 3 storeys; regular
3-window range. Brick parapet with stone coping and cornice
band. 2nd floor: 4-pane horned sash windows under flat rubbed
brick arches. 1st floor: large Venetian window with 2:4:2 horned
sashes. Late Victorian pub front with glazed brick plinth,
central half-glazed double door with rectangular overlight; large
side windows and blocked side doors. C18 rainwater head between
this and No 37. Left return with fragmentary dentilled cornice.
Modern boiler stack and some hornless sash windows. The building
is notable for its early C14 undercroft (which gives Geroge
Vaults its starred listing grade). Chalk ashlar and rubble; 4
bays; quadrapartite vaults with longitudinal rib; chamfered ribs
with rubble infill; foliated bosses with various creatures.
Moulded capitals to shaft with foliated necks and pyramid stops.
The decorative detailing is much eroded. One pointed arch
doorway (blocked) to E; other openings, also blocked, set high
to W. Further arched doorways to the S (street-side) are
obscured from view. The undercroft measures 54 feet x 16 ft
8½ ins and is 11 ft high. Drawings of the undercroft with
details appear in George Payne, 'Medieval Crypts at Rochester'.
Archaeolooia Cantiana XXIV (1900), 220-4.

Listing NGR: TQ7427268688

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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