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Park House, Maidstone

Description: Park House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 2 August 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 173277

OS Grid Reference: TQ7587757468
OS Grid Coordinates: 575877, 157468
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2892, 0.5209

Location: Park Lane, Maidstone, Kent ME14 2NA

Locality: Maidstone
Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: ME14 2NA

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Listing Text

(East Side)
Park House
TQ 75 NE 9/125

A square house built in 1792. 2 storeys and attics ashlar with stone galleting.
Mansarded slate roof. Cornice and parapet with balustraded panels inserted
in front of the dormer windows. 4 pedimented dormers. Long and short stone
quoins. 5 sashes on 3 fronts. Glazing bars intact on the 1st floor only.
On the west front is a curved bay in the centre. this has 3 windows on the
1st floor and on the ground floor 2 windows, between them a bulging semi-circular
porch projecting beyond the bay, with engaged Doric columns, triglyph frieze,
but modern door. 5 stone steps to street. The south front has an addition
of 2 storeys of lower elevation. 3 sashes, but 2 round-headed sashes on ground
floor, Stringcourse.

The interior contains a fine circular staircase with scrolled tread ends and
plain column newel post. Good moulded cornices and C18 Adamesque fireplaces.
From 1875-1893 the house was occupied by Edmund Lew Lushington, the Greek scholar
and Egyptologist, who married Tennyson's sister Cecilia. It is described in
the Prologue of ┬ĘThe Princess", Tennyson used frequently to stay there, and
also other well-known figures of the day.

Listing NGR: TQ7561457132

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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