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The Milne Museum, Tonbridge

Description: The Milne Museum

Grade: II
Date Listed: 22 October 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 178751

OS Grid Reference: TQ5884246706
OS Grid Coordinates: 1067325, -5083036
Latitude/Longitude: 4.0000, 4.0000

Location: 5 The Slade, Tonbridge TN9 1HF

Locality: Tonbridge
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN9 1HF

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Listing Text

The Milne Museum
TQ 5846 NE
Former electricity generating station,at time of survey a museum with exhibits of
early electrical machinery from the South Eastern Electricity Board area. Built in
1902, the consulting engineer being Robert Hammond, an entrepreneur who was one of
the early pioneers of the Brighton electricity generating scheme. Unusual Arts and
Crafts style building influenced by Voysey. Red brick in English bond with stone
dressings, nipped slate roof, 2 storey offices with one storey Engine loom behind,
the latter having been extended by 2 bays at a later date in matching style. Root
has 3 pebble-dashed gabled dormers with circular wooden louvres. Wooden modillion
eaves cornice. 2 crenellated drainpipes. 2 slightly projecting chimneystacks, one
with blank arch. 1st floor has left side hoist and right side 3 light casement with
top opening lights, 15 panes in all. Ground floor has 3 4-light casements separated
by stone architraves and with stone bands connecting tops and bottoms of all windows.
Leaded lights. Narrow door up 6 steps with 15 panels to top half and large fielded
panel to bottom. Left side elevation has 1st floor 3 light casement with later glass
louvres inserted in top;fo the rear of this is the Engine Room extension, also in
red brick, English bond. Gable end with pilasters, stone coping and ball finial.
Blank arcading. 1st floor has 2 4'light casements with stone surrounds and linking
bands and central 2 light window later blocked. Right side elevation has 2 blocked
window openings on 1st floor and 3 blocked window openings on ground floor and is
of orange brick. Engine Room on this side has been cement rendered with 1 4-light
casement, Manager's office has an iron fireplace with brackets and green tiled surround
and another fireplace with plumed capitals, fluted columns and a curved feature to
the centre with paterae & swags and cornice with a band of swags. Some 5 panelled
doors. The Engine Room, originally of 5 bays, was extended by 2 bays, the whole has
blank arcading. Square pilasters to other side and lonic pilasters to sides of former
switchboard panel. Roof of scientific king post form. The only surviving machinery
from the building is an overhead crane. Included as a fairly early and architecturally
elaborate example of an electricity generating station.

Listing NGR: TQ5884246708

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Source: English Heritage

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