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The Archbishop's Palace, Maidstone

Description: The Archbishop's Palace

Grade: I
Date Listed: 30 July 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 173433

OS Grid Reference: TQ7592555443
OS Grid Coordinates: 575925, 155443
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2710, 0.5206

Location: Bishops Way, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6XH

Locality: Maidstone
Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: ME15 6XH

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Listing Text

(West Side)
The Archbishop's Palace
TQ 7555 SE 6/68 3O.7.5l.

Begun by Archbishop Ufford in 1348. Completed by Archbishop Islip between
1349 and 1366. Enlarged by Archbishop Morton in 1486. Exchanged by Archbishop
Crarmer with Henry VIII for other property. By Henry VIII it was granted to
Sir Thomas Wyatt. On his son's rebellion it was forfeited to the Crown and
subsequently granted to Sir John Astley, who built tle greater part of the
existing house in the 2nd half of the C16. The main portion of the building
is of ashlar with timber-framed wings at the north and south ends. The main
section is E-shaped. 2 storeys and attics. 5 windows and 2 dormers to the
north-vest front. Stringcourse. Parapet. Windows with stone mullions and
transoms. 2 large dormers above the outer-projecting east wings with kneelers,
coping and finials over the apices and kneelers. Tiled roof. The centre projection
is the porch with round-headed arch and room over. At the south end of the
building is a timber-framed wing nearby flush with the southern projection
of the main front. This has one large and one small gable with pendants.
Casement windows. At the north end of the building is a wing with stone ground
floor and timber-framed upper storey with diagonal braces and plaster infill,
surmounted by a gable with pendant. On the ground floor there is one obtusely
pointed window and 1 square headed window containing 2 cinquefoil-headed lights.
One sash window above them with glazing bars intact. To the north of this
again is a further recessed wing wholly faced with stone but with a portion
projecting on the lst floor apparently timber framed but this is modern or
a reconstruction. The south-west front of the Palace facing£the Medway has
a fine stone corbelled oriel window with 3 tiers of 6 lights, stone mullions
and transoms and chamfered stone corbelling beneath. Also there are some double
or triple lencets with hood moulding. The interior contains C16 panelling
and some fine C16 wood or stone fireplaces.

Gateway & Wall to Palace Gardens, Wall to north-west of Archbishop's Palace,
The Archbishop's Palace, Wall to east of Archbishop's Palace, The Dungeons at the
Archbishop's Palace, The Gate House at the Archbishop's Palace, The Len Bridge,
The Tithe Barn, Parish Church of All Saints, Wall to north & west of All Saints
Church, The College Gateway, The College Tower, The College, The Master's Tower,
Cutbush Almshouses and the Ruined Gateway form a group.

Listing NGR: TQ7592155442

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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