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Description: Denton Court and Entrance Court
Date Listed: 27 August 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 178565
OS Grid Reference: TR2170046730
OS Grid Coordinates: 621700, 146730
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1768, 1.1704
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TR 24 NW DENTON AND WOOTTON CANTERBURY ROAD
Denton Court and
27.8.52 entrance court
House. 1792-1810 for Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges, extended late Cl9 for
Willats family. Red brick and plain tiled roof. Two irregularly planned
parallel ranges. Entrance front: 2 storeys and attic on plinth the left 2
bays projecting, with 2 string courses, the lower raised over the heads of
ground floor fenestration. Dogtooth cornice to roof with shaped gable to
right, stacks ranged left to right and 4 gabled dormers. Pyramidal roofs
to projecting bays on right return, to end left and to partly detached tower
block at end left. Projecting single storey and attic wing to left with
turret, end stack and gabled half-dormer. Two sashes on each floor to left,
3 to right, and double panelled door to centre left in large half-timbered
porch, with 3 bay arcaded pentice across ground floor to right. Panelled
door and sash in projecting wing to left. Front courtyard enclosed by low
brick wall with ball finial entrances to left and to main carriage drive.
Garden facade: late C18 front, 2 storeys on rendered plinth with 3 complex
shaped gables with finials, and with shaped end gables, and moulded stacks
ranged to left and to right. False oval windows in gables, with regular
fenestration of 7 glazing bar sashes on first floor and 6 on ground floor
with central double half-glazed doors. Canted balustraded pavillions to
left and to right. Interior: C18 wing with modillion eaves cornice and
ceiling roses, and fine deep frieze in major rooms. C19 additions centred
on large 2 storey hall, panelled in Jacobethan manner, with large staircase
with moulded rail and turned baluster, continued as gallery, around 3 sides
of hall. The garden wing was either rebuilt or remodelled from a C16
house of the Boys family, by Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges, poet, bibliographer,
printer, M.P. for Maidstone, putative claiment to Duchy of Chandos, and
famed Kentish eccentric (See P. Bretton, Bygone Kent, June 1982 p.326).
Listing NGR: TR2170046730
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Source: English Heritage
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