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Boughton Place, Boughton Malherbe

Description: Boughton Place

Grade: I
Date Listed: 20 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 174232

OS Grid Reference: TQ8819449629
OS Grid Coordinates: 588194, 149629
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2148, 0.6932

Location: 5 Church Road, Boughton Malherbe, Kent ME17 2BD

Locality: Boughton Malherbe
Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: ME17 2BD

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Listing Text

TQ 84 NE (North side)
Grafty Green
20.10.52 Boughton Place


Country house. 1520s, circa 1553 and circa 1586, with C19 and C20
alterations. Ragstone. North gable end and gable end turret red brick
in English bond. Plain tile roof. Possibly fragment of courtyard house.
C16 section with extension to south, probably of mid C16. North gable end
late C16 or early C17. West elevation: 2 storeys, attics and cellar.
Moulded stone plinth to left (north) section, ramped up towards left end
and extending to door of right (south) section. Eaves of left section
higher. Brick crow-step gables to left gable end and low gable end
turret. Rendered coping to right gable end. 2 projecting brick stacks
to left gable end, and slender projecting stack to gable end of turret.
Ridge stack to junction of 2 sections, and rear stack to left end of right
section. 3 hipped dormers. Irregular fenestration of 7 stone mullioned
windows; 4 to left section hollow-chamfered with round-headed lights, and
3 to right section. 6-light mullioned and transomed window with moulded
jambs, under eaves to left end of left section. 3-light mullioned frieze
window, also under eaves, towards centre with 2-storey canted stone bay
immediately to right of it. Bay has 4-light mullioned and transomed side
lights almost continuous with 8-light mullioned and transomed centre lights
on each floor. 2-light window with squared hoodmould set lower, towards
right end of section. 3-light frieze window to left of bay on ground
floor, lowered in mid C20, and 3-light window to left end of ground floor.
Right section has regular 3-window front of stone cross windows with
moulded horizontal hoodmoulds to first floor. Ground floor has 3-light
mullioned window to left end, 3 small rectangular and one pointed arched
window morticed for iron bars. 3 rectangular hollow-chamfered openings to
cellar with level moulded dripmoulds. Low 4-centred arched hollow-
chamfered doorway towards left end of right section. 2-storey stone stair
turret to rear of left end of right section, with moulded stone cornice
band below eaves, hipped roof, 2-light hollow-chamfered mullioned first-
floor window to rear and similar 3-light ground floor window to long left
side. Interior: heavy scantling girders to ground-floor right end room.
Ogee-headed stone niche to rear wall of same room. Moulded stone fire-
places, that to rear of first floor room of right section with [possibly
re-set] 1553 datestone. Blocked moulded opening with elongated 4-centred
arched head to ground floor of left gable end with re-set 1586 datestone.
Moulded stone doorways. Deeply moulded stone doorway to long right side
of rear stone stair turret, flanked by fluted Corinthian pilasters.
Exposed framing, ogee brace and continuous moulded wooden cornice to first-
floor left end room. Moulded beams to rear stair turret. C16 ribbed
plaster ceiling to ground floor left room. Fragments of panelling to
window recesses of first-floor room of right section. Fragment of ornate
C16 painted coved plaster ceiling to same room. Wooden panelling of 1520s
removed 1923. Home of Wottons and birthplace of Sir Henry Wotton.
[J. Newman, West Kent and the Weald, 1980, Country Life 22nd and 29th
April 1922).

Listing NGR: TQ8819449629

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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