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Preston Hall, Aylesford

Description: Preston Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 January 1989
English Heritage Building ID: 179419

OS Grid Reference: TQ7278658064
OS Grid Coordinates: 572786, 158064
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2955, 0.4769

Location: Admiral Moore Dr, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7SF

Locality: Aylesford
Local Authority: Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: ME20 7SF

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Listing Text

(north side)
Preston Hall Hospital

The address shall be amended to read:

(north side)

Preston Hall
(otherwise known as
Preston Hall Hospital)


In the entry for - AYLESFORD LONDON ROAD
(north side)12/64
Preston Hall
The address shall be amended to read -

(north side)

12/64 Preston Hall(Otherwise
known as Preston Hall


(north side)
Preston Hall Hospital


Country house in landscaped park, now hospital. 1850 by John Thomas for Edward
Betts, in a neo-Elizabethan style. Coursed dressed stone with ashlar dressings,
strings and main cornice. Parapets and Dutch-type gables with gable parapets
with urns to plain and fish-scale slate roof with irregular stacks and octagonal
chimneys on square pedestals. South front: Central block. Symmetrical about
central 4-storey balustraded tower and with gabled end projections. 2 storeys
with attics. 5 bays with transom and mullion windows in all bays, except in the
outer bays on the ground and 1st floors which have octagonal projecting bays
topped by bracketed cornices. Lunette-topped semi-dormers with shell decoration
in lunettes in intermediate bays. Bracketed cornice to tower with range of
square windows below. Large cross-window with bracketed cornice supported on
stud-banded Corinthian pilasters below, on 2nd floor. Tower octagonal at this
stage and transition effected by corner urn-like elements above main cornice of
buildings. Large 1st floor aedicule with bracketed cornice on doubled stud-
banded Corinthian pilasters on 1st floor. Central ground floor porte-cochere on
double banded columns and pedestals, with bracketed cornice moulding, the ends
flanked by scutcheons and griffins. Central arched door surround behind porte-
cochere with double panelled doors and arched overlight. Wing to left:
Symmetrical, of 3 bays, with further wing to left. 2 1/2 storeys, with semi-
dormers. Gabled projection with canted octagonal oriel on 1st floor. 6 and
4-light transom and mullion windows. Wing of stable block projecting at right
angles to left. Central arched entrance to stable court behind topped by
diagonally-placed octagonal tower with broached cupola and flanking gables.
1½ storeys; 6 windows with Dutch-type gabled projection to left and second
Dutch-type gable to right. Semi-dormers with small Dutch-type gables over
remaining bays. Tall, triple octagonal stacks behind main ridge. 1, 2 and
3-light transom and mullion windows. Stable courtyard behind now much altered.
North front: 2 1/2 storeys. Tall 2-storey central projecting bay with octagonally-
hipped roof appearing over balustrade with much heraldic and floral decoration
at cornice level, and flanked by intermediate bays and smaller 2-storey bays
beyond. Low wings to right masking stable court. Towers to left and right,
that to left octagonal with ogee dome, that to right square with balustrade.
Interior: Vestibule. Articulated by applied three-quarter columns supporting
full entablature. Niches in centre of side walls, flanked by windows; doors
also flanked by windows, all with blocked arched surrounds and lozenge decora-
tion. Ribbed ceiling above, each rib resting on volute bracket with shield.
Hall: Galleried with pierced balustrade. Clerestoried vault. 2-light open-well
stair rising to left of stair. Dining room: Wooden panelled ceiling with arched
trusses on carved corbels of figureheads. Panels between stencilled; room now
divided horizontally to provide 2 rooms. Library: Wooden carved panelling with
book shelves with moulded fronts. Wooden and marble fireplace supporting mirror
in wooden surround, all highly decorated. 4 stained glass upper window panes in
bow. Side room: Moulded wooden panelling, fire surround, large book cabinet and
cornice. Neo-Elizabethan moulded plaster ceiling. 1st floor stair: Single
flight stair from top of main stairs. Barrel-vaulted with wooden-arched
architrave, wooden panelling and ribs with plaster infilling. This house
replaced an earlier one that was built and continuously remodelled; its form
known in 1720 from an engraving by Kip and c.1750 from various paintings and
engravings including one by Godfrey. See Five Medway Villages, W Bergess and
S Sage, Rainham, 1983, 12-13. Thomas also built Somerleyton Hall, Suffolk, (1840)
for Morton Peto, Betts business partner.

Listing NGR: TQ7294757987

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Source: English Heritage

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