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Bradbourne House, East Malling and Larkfield

Description: Bradbourne House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 1 August 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 179355

OS Grid Reference: TQ7036257909
OS Grid Coordinates: 570362, 157909
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2948, 0.4421

Location: East Malling, Kent ME19 6DZ

Locality: East Malling and Larkfield
Local Authority: Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: ME19 6DZ

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Listing Text

TQ 75 NW
(east side)
Bradbourne House


Country house, in landscaped park. 1713-1715, on site of Tudor house, retaining
some parts of this building in kitchen area and west wing of C17, refaced. Some
work also of 1748 and also, especially internally, of c.1774. Main work of
1713-15 for Sir Thomas Twysden. Restored c.1950. West front: wing of C17
refaced in 1713-15. Brick, Brown with red dressing in outer bays, pinky-buff and
vermilion in centre on red and blue brick plinth. Coupled brick pilasters at
ends and flanking central projection. Modillion eaves cornice and tall central
pediment with keyed oculus to panelled parapet and slate roof with 4 triangular
pediment dormers and panelled end stacks with cornice mouldings. 2 storeys and
attics. 3-3-3 window rhythm the central bays space width and the entrance bay
wider than all others. lst floor windows shallower than very tall ground floor
windows. Each window bay framed by chainage, with gauging over each window,
those on ground floor over windows in 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th bays without
decorated soffits. Single keystones in moulded brick on lst floor, triple
keystones below. Sunk panels below each window except those flanking central
entrance and the round-arched window in segment-headed brick sunk and with impost
mouldings over entrance. Central Corinthian pilastered entrance surround with
broken bracketted modillion cornice hood moulding above. Double three-quarter
glazed doors with large c.1760 wreathed and radiating fanlight over. Convex
quadrant walls flanking perron with end piers and globes flanking. South front:
9 bay, 1 storey and attic wing, possibly of 1748 with central 3-bay bow of c.1774
flanked by the ends of 2 wings both of 1713-15. Red, brown, blue, vermilion,
orange and buff brick centre. Centre 9 bays with tall windows with gauged and
keyed heads flanking central bow with similar though shallower windows. Modillion
cornice, panelled parapet with 2 urns over bow and plain tiled roof with
3 dormers, the central with segmental pediment, the outer pair with triangular
pediments. Wing of 2 storeys framed by giant pilasters in brick with modillion
cornice panelled parapet and central panelled stack resting on parapet. 3 bays
with chainage, that in centre bay projecting. Blocked panels in centre bay that
on ground floor containing fictive niche in brick tiling. Outer ground floor
bays panelled and broken by keyed oculi. Glazing bar sashes above. All windows
and panels with gauged heads, and single brick keystones above, triple keystones
below. Single blocked panelled windows on both floors in re-entrant angles.
Lead down-pipes with Loppars dated 1748. North front: Red brick with orange
dressings. 2 storeys; central 7-bay recess and 2-bay wings that to right with
modillion cornice and panelled parapet and therefore higher. Tall panelled
stacks on wings, centrally on parapet to left, over left-hand bay to right.
Blocked windows to wings, and in re-entrant angles (only 1 in left angle, 2 to
right), and blocked windows on both floors in 2nd and 6th bays of recess. Sunken
panels below 1st floor windows throughout, and over 1st floor windows in right-
hand wing. Gauged heads, brick keystarts and chainage throughout, decorated
soffits to gauged heads only over 1st floor windows of right-hand wing. Central
panelled door with radiating fanlight of c.1840. Pedimented porch projecting
5 yards on thin columns, and wooden railings closing recess to either side.
Kitchen wing, 2 storeys, red brick set back to left. Interior: staircase,
2-flight return stair in wood with Salamonic balustrade, covered tread ends and
underside to risens Hall. Fielded panelling, 1713-15. Telephone room fielded
panelling, 1713-15. Green room, fielded panelling, 1713-15. Great Hall, fielded
panelling with eff and dark surrounds, probably 1713-15, dentilled cornice.
Central egg and dark ceiling panel. Bolection mould fireplace surround. Break-
fast room. Fielded panelling. Drawing room. Bow end. Adamesgne decoration to
plaster ceiling, cornice, window surrounds, shutters and Dado rail. Ionic
columned grey/green marble fire surround with central and undermantel panel of
Diana. Printing room. Papier mache late rococo ceiling, c.1750. Ionic columned
fine surround in white/grey marble. Walnut staircase. 3-flight rectangular
staircase with 2 chain-leg balusters pin tread. Kitchen. Large chamfered wooden
bressumer, perhaps remaining from original house. Large bread over and C19 hand
pump, 1st floor. Doors off walnut staircase all of walnut. Bedroom 1. Marble
fireplace with mantel on grey marble volute brackets overmantel surmounted by
broken pediment containing eagle. Egg and dark surround fielded panelling.
Passage on 1st floor contains same small square panelling possibly remaining from
original house, circa 1580 in date. Bedroom 2. Fielded panelling, barrel-
vaulted ceiling and Adamiesque fire surround. Bedroom 3. Fielded panelling and
fire surround of circa 1713-15. See Country Life, 24th August 1918 and Country
Life, 6th April, 13th April and 20th April 1967.

Listing NGR: TQ7034957919

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Source: English Heritage

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