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Deanery Gate and Gatehouse, Rochester

Description: Deanery Gate and Gatehouse

Grade: I
Date Listed: 24 October 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 173118

OS Grid Reference: TQ7429268544
OS Grid Coordinates: 574292, 168544
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3892, 0.5036

Location: High Street, Strood, Medway ME1 1SJ

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

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Listing Text

TQ 7468 NW
7/187 Deanery Gate and
(formerly Sextry
24-10-50 Gate)
Gateway (originally leading into the precinct of the former
pirory of St Andrews) with house attached. The house, largely
C18 and C19, incorporates medieval work. Both components are
here described seaprately. (1) The archway and room above.
Thearch and moulding profiles are identical with those of
Chertsey's Gate (High St, qv). Probably mid C14 (ie c.1334 when
the precinct wall was erected). Random rubble walls to ground
floor with jettied timber-frames and rendered 1st floor. Kent
tile roof, hipped with gablet to S. Ground floor contains
gatekeeper's room (entered from within the archway) which abuts
Gandulph's Tower (cathedral, qv). 1st floor room now forms part
of the adjoining Deanery Gatehouse. Both inner and outer arches
are 4-centred and moulded. No windows to ground floor. Upper
floor to W with 2 12-pane hornless sash windows; one similar
window to E. Interior: 1st floor with jowelled posts, integral
(or early) wall planking; plain crown post roof. (2) The house
(Deanery Gatehouse). Brick (with remnants of timber framing);
double-depth plan, each range separately gabled with end stacks.
Framing post embedded in rear wall of front range suggests that
a timber-framed single-depth building continued in series with
gatehouse. Thks was refurbished and the rear range built in the
mid to late C18, and later modifications were made in C19. 2
storeys and attic. Front (W): rendered; regular 4-window range;
2 3-light flat-roofed dormer casement windows with weatherboarded
sides. Otherwise 12-pane hornless sashes under segmental window
arches and in reveals throughout. External shutters to ground
floor. Right of centre doorway with wooden doorcase with
panelled pilasters, plain reveals, pediment on console brackets;
5-panelled door. 4 steps with wrought-iron plain railings. Rear
(E, garden): 4 window range with 2 2-light hipped dormers. Sash
windows as front. Interior: open-well stair with turned
balusters and round-section newels (that continue along landing);
rear range: panelled ground-floor room with (to N end) chimney
piece with shouldered arch, egg and dart mouldings and frieze
with festoons, all flanked with round-headed alcoves with key-
pieces and 6-panelled doors.
Note: this building was originally listed as Deanery Gate
(Grade I, ref 1/7) and Deanery Gatehouse, which included the room
over the gate (Grade II, ref 1/7B). The present listing refers
to the entire building.

Listing NGR: TQ7430468556

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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