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Description: Rowling House
Date Listed: 11 October 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 177937
OS Grid Reference: TR2721854874
OS Grid Coordinates: 627218, 154874
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2477, 1.2544
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TR 25 SE
3/76 Rowling House
House. C16, clad C18 and extended mid C19. Timber framed and clad with
painted brick and extended with buff brick. Slate roofs. Two storeys and
attic on plinth with boxed eaves to hipped roof with 2 flat roofed dormers
and stack to centre right. Five glazing bar sashes on first floor and 4 on
ground floor with gauged heads. Central door of 6 raised and fielded panels.
Extended to left by 2 separately roofed 2 storey blocks, that immediately
adjacent with dogtooth cornice and gable, that at end left hipped, with
stacks to left and rear left and with 1 glazing bar sash on each floor of
each block. Projecting 2 storey hipped bay on right return. Exterior being
in part repaired at time of survey. Interior: exposed frame with stop
moulded joists in main hall, with inglenook fireplaces. Sunk panelling in
Dining room, and moulded C18 wooden fire surrounds. Open well with dogleg
late C18 stair and newel stair. Clasped purlin roof. The house was anciently
a manor house, then belonged to the Bridges family of Goodnestone Park, and
let to Edward Austen (later Edward Knight of Godmersham Park), Sir Brook
Bridges' son-in-law and Jane Austen's brother. The house and locality feature
prominently in Jane Austen's correspondence, 1791-7, and her works. A later
tenant was George Dering (c.1800), a link which may explain the Dering windows
and Pluckley-style architecture of the early C19 Goodnestone estate style of
buildings. (See Hasted, IX, 1800, p.241 + p.244; see also Igglesden, 19,
Listing NGR: TR2713754887
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Source: English Heritage
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