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Description: The Gabriel Richards Almshouses
Date Listed: 13 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 177969
OS Grid Reference: TR2566354761
OS Grid Coordinates: 625663, 154761
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2474, 1.2321
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GOODNESTONE THE STREET
TR 25 SE
3/108 The Gabriel Richards
Almshouses (formerly listed
13.10.52 as Almshouses)
Almshouses. Mid C17, extended C18. Red brick and plain tiled roof. The
C18 wing of 2 storeys and hipped roof with stacks to rear left and to
rear right. Two leaded 3 light wooden casements on each floor, with
segmental heads on ground floor, and central segmentally headed boarded
door. C17 range: entrance front of 2 storeys on plinth with plat band
and moulded dogtooth eaves cornice. Two large stacks project at left and
at right, each with 2 star-shaped moulded flues. Irregular fenestration
of wooden casements with 2 light rendered brick mullioned window over door
to centre left, the door with flat hood on brackets with side screens.
More rendered mullioned windows, irregularly placed on rear elevation.
Shaped gable to left, with giant pilasters to left and right, with full
entablature in brick supporting broken segmental pediment with a pediment
thrusting upwards through it, possibly copying the pattern at Broome Park
(1635-8). The charity was endowed by Gabriel Richards in his will dated
1671, but the building was already standing. The charity was for 4 aged
decayed gentlemen or gentlewomen, born in Kent, and with preference to his
own relations. (See B.O.E. Kent II 1983, 335-6; see also Hasted, IX, 247;
see also Gabriel Richard's monument in Church of the Holy Cross, Goodnestone.)
Listing NGR: TR2541554411
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Source: English Heritage
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