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Description: Yotes Court
Date Listed: 19 April 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 178877
OS Grid Reference: TQ6501553307
OS Grid Coordinates: 565015, 153307
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2551, 0.3634
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TQ 65 SW MEREWORTH MEREWORTH ROAD
TQ 65 SE (north side)
1/36 & 2/36 Yotes Court
Country house. Built circa 1656-58 for James Master. Red brick with painted plaster quoins
and dressings. Hipped plain tiled roof. Central 5-bay block with l-bay wings
giving the house a stretched 'H' shape. Wide plinth of coursed stone blocks
topped by rubbed brick course. Basement windows in plinth of centre recess.
Flat band and moulded cornice with covered soffit. 7 dormers with some sli-
ding casements. Tall brick chimney stacks, 2 bearing dates 1656 and 1658,
with sunk arched panels. Raised flat window surrounds with ears, sills and
central keystones. Windows on ground-floor of recess were dropped during
alterations in the C18. Central window on 1st floor with pediment on
brackets. This, and the central projecting corinthian half-columned porch
with panelled double-doors, fan-light and cast-iron balcony over, are late
C18 additions. Rear elevation with 3 gables in central recess and rear fene-
stration showing some survival of the original cross windows. East elevation
of 3 storeys and 6 bays. Irregular fenestration due to unresolved problem
of lighting the subsidiary staircase, with 3 windows on 3 levels in 3rd bay
from right. Basement door in 3rd bay from left. Panelled, with top pane
cut away and glazed. Deep flat hood on brackets. Interior: Original square
open-well staircase with stout Ionesian baluster and heavy rail. Pair of
figures in putative niches on east and west walls of stair and ceiling
painting of open sky with flying putti with garlands. Surrounded by balu-
strade, all c.1740 and attributed to Francis Hayman. Front Hall: Adamesque
plaster ceiling and chimney-piece, c.1765. Front Bedroom: Adamesque plaster
ceiling and chimney-piece, c.1765. Dining Room: C17 oak panelling. Victoria
Room: Mid C18 chimney-piece. South-East Bedroom: Rococo papier mache ceiling,
c.1740. See Archaeologia Cantiana, XV-XVIII, 1883-1889, for the transcription
by Mrs Dalison of the Account Books of James Masters of the years 1646-76.
Country Life, June 18th and 25th, 1964, CXXXV, 1580, 1648. Yotes Court is
listed Grade I as a very early example of the type of country house that be-
came dominant after the Restoration. As a building of importance and quality
of the Commonwealth period it has great rarity value.
Listing NGR: TQ6501553307
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Source: English Heritage
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