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Description: The Belvedere
Date Listed: 22 August 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 178642
OS Grid Reference: TR2816047499
OS Grid Coordinates: 628160, 147499
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1812, 1.2632
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TR 24 NE SHEPHERDSWELL & COLDRED WALDERSHARE PARK
2/113 The Belvedere
Belvedere. 1725-7 by Lord Burlington for Sir Henry Furnese. Plum coloured
brick with Portland stone dressings. Externally rectangular in plan (a double
cube on its smaller area) internally arranged on circular plan. Three storeys
on stone plinth with rusticated quoins to ground floor only, with double projecting
plat band, and sill-course over. Main entrance on north front, with large rust-
icated semi-circular doorway. At first floor level a large Venetian window
with Gibbs surround and triple keystones to all three openings, the main window
originally balustraded. Single lugged square mezzanine window. The south front
is a copy without the basement doorway. Identical east and west fronts with,
in the basement, central semi-circular windows (or doors?) with Gibbs surround
with side windows with large keystones and moulded surrounds. First floor with
flanking windows with pulvinated frieze and cornice, and central semi-circular
Ionic windows, with damaged balustrading below. Three square lugged mezzanine
windows, one on east fgace with moulded stone surround missing. Pulvinated
cornice and balustrade on top. Interior: ground floor with circular saucer
domed ceiling, intact apart from a small, roughly 2 feet square hole. Fireplace
on southern wall. Within the angles of the square enclosing this circular space
were 3 chambers, and a spiral stair, still largely surviving in the south-east
corner. The upper storeys, originally circular, and intended as a music room,
are now ruinous. The whole, costing £1703 7s 4d to build, is one of Burlington's
few surviving attested buildings. (See B.O.E. Kent II, 1983, 488).
Listing NGR: TR2794548248
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Source: English Heritage
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