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Wallets Court, St Margaret's At Cliffe

Description: Wallets Court

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 August 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 178518

OS Grid Reference: TR3490444742
OS Grid Coordinates: 634904, 144742
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1537, 1.3577

Location: 3 Dover Road, St Margarets at Cliffe, Kent CT15 6EW

Locality: St Margaret's At Cliffe
Local Authority: Dover District Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: CT15 6EW

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Listing Text


5/79 Wallets Court

House. Mediaeval building largely remodelled 1627 and early C19. Red
brick, painted on main elevation, with slate roof. Single rectangular
range, but probably a courtyard house in origin. Two storeys on plinth
with discontinuous plat band. Seven thin pilasters with bases, the four
to right slightly larger and supported by the plat band. Hipped roof
with stacks to end left, centre and right. Five glazing bar sashes on
first floor and 4 on ground floor, all with segmental heads. Door of 6
panels, the top 2 glazed, to left in moulded flat roofed porch dated
1627 on piers, with tulip decoration in right spandrel and G in left
spandrel. The centre right bay is recessed and rendered, and marks either
the site of the original porch, or else a through passage to courtyard.
A corresponding archway is on the rear wall, blocked and partly rebuilt;
A moulded door on first floor of rear elevation now leads nowhere,
indicating a lost wing here. Left return: rubble base with irregularly
bonded red brick over, and 2 storey canted bay window with blocked brick
mullioned and transomed windows of 3 tiers on first floor, 2 on ground
floor. Interior: chalk lined cellars and portions of the framed interior
structure appear mediaeval in date (ie certainly predating the 1627
rebuilding). An open hall was in existence C18, although possibly in
now demolished portion of building. Fine moulded ceiling joists with
stylised flower ornamentation. Moulded door surrounds, one at least
dated 1627. Odd early C18 doors and portions of panelling survive. Four
centred arched fireplace with hollow chamfer and relief shields. Open
well stair, the treads of single blocks of oak, with carved newels with
finials, the turned balusters largely C20 replacements. Main room with
carved pilasters, decorated with strapwork, one with shields and various
initials of the Gibbon family, the other with relief of woman (said to be
Queen Eleanor) carrying a shield with rope finial. Upper passageway with
remains of wall paintings. Some early C19 features survive (doors,
panelled recesses, windows). The building, originally Westcliffe Manor,
belonged to Queen Eleanor (known locally as Queen Eleanor's Palace) 1284-
1291. Residence of Gibbon family from 1573 to 1660. Thomas and Dorothy
Gibbon remodelled house 1627. The historian Edward Gibbon was descended
from this family. William Pitt was occupant of house 1804-6 (also Lord
Warden of Cinque Ports, based at nearby WALMER Castle). Most internal
features of the house have only been recovered since 1976. (See BOE Kent
II 1983, 491; Hasted IX, 419 ff; see also history of house displayed
inside the house).

Listing NGR: TR3502844826

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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