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Kings School and Cathedral Visitors Centre, Rochester

Description: Kings School and Cathedral Visitors Centre

Grade: I
Date Listed: 24 October 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 173122

OS Grid Reference: TQ7431168461
OS Grid Coordinates: 574311, 168461
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3884, 0.5038

Location: King's Orchard, Strood, Medway ME1 1SZ

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

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Listing Text

The following entry:-
TQ 7468 SW
9/190 King's School
(formerly The Deanery)
24.10.50 and Cathedral visitors'

shall be amended to read:-

9/190 Kings School
(formerly The Deanery)
24.10.50 and Cathedral visitors'


TQ 7468 SW
9/190 King's School
(formerly The
Deanery) and
Former Deanery, now part of the Kings's School. Late-medieval
priory and early C16 work incorporated in a building dating
mainly from 1640 and 1770. Random and coursed ragstone and
clunch rubble; Kent tile and Welsh slate roofs. Given limited
access and much late-C20 internal re-ordering, the plan and
development of this building, together with its significance, are
difficult to determine at present. Front: 3 storeys; symmetrical
late-C18 2:3:2: bay house with centre bays projecting under brick
pediment; renewed brick parapet with cornice band and stone
coping. 12-pane hornless sash windows with red brick dressings
throughout. At rear, the E wall of the (now ruined) Chapter
House is incorporated into 3 parallel wings under hipped roofs,
with a large central stack. To the S of the Chapter House (on
the side of the monastic dorter), a brick and ragstone service
wing shows evidence of C16 rectangular brick dressed window
openings. Mid-C19 brick entrance porch at NE angle. Note that
the C20 brick extension to the S is of no special interest.
Interior: access to main staircase not available. One ground-
floor room with late C18 fire surround. 1st floor has 2 large
C16 chambers with C17 and C18 details; 3 central bays of 1st
floor has stile and muntin panelling with C18 marble fire
surround, pilastered overmantel in 'artisan mannerist' style (but
possibly a C19 replica). 2-bay room to S, has 4-centred moulded
brick fireplace, probably early C16. Early to mid C17 panelling
(presumably c.1640), with 2 fielded and raised panels, deep,
coved cornice, pilasters and plinths with 2 strap work panels at
base and primitive Doric capitals. This was previously listed
as The Deanery.

Listing NGR: TQ7431068459

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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