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Description: St Raphael Medical Centre
Date Listed: 19 February 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179548
OS Grid Reference: TQ5714349214
OS Grid Coordinates: 557143, 149214
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2205, 0.2488
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HILDENBOROUGH COLDHARBOUR LANE (west side)
TQ 54 NE
5/111 St Raphael Medical Centre
Country house, converted to a private medical centre. Circa 1860s, possibly a
remodelling of an earlier C19 house, with Edwardian alterations. The main
block is in an early C17 French Mannerist style. Stuccoed with slate roofs;
stacks with rendered shafts.
Plan: Built on a north south axis, entrance on the east side, garden front to
the west. Approximately T plan with the main block, containing the principal
rooms, to the south with an east wing at right angles at its north end. Long
service block to the north. The principal rooms open off the entrance hall
with the main stair to the north.
Exterior: Main block 2 storeys and attic with a deep Mansard roof; east wing
single-storey; 3-storey service block. Asymmetrical 8-bay east front to the
main range, the centre 5 bays broken forward with rusticated quoins. Moulded
string course at first floor level and deep moulded eaves cornice. A small
projecting bay forms the porch. This has horizontal rustication and a glazed
pent roof in front on cast iron brackets with pierced spandrels. The porch
bay has a C19 ornamental cast iron vernadah. Late C19 or C20 2-leaf half-
glazed front door with an overlight, flanked by transomed windows. French
windows to the ground floor with reeded architraves and cornices on brackets,
glazed with transomed lights. The first floor windows have moulded
architraves, pediments on console brackets and are glazed with sashes. The
attic windows in the Mansard roof are round-headed with keyblocks, moulded
architraves and shaped brackets to the left and right. They are glazed with
probably 1860s 2-pane sashes. The north elevation of the east wing is
asymmetrical with 2 windows, the right end bay bowed in the north, the left
hand block 3 bays and broken forward in the centre. The wing has rusticated
quoins, a parapet above a moulded cornice and a projecting east end stack with
a rusticated shaft, mouldings and moulded coping. Doorway to the left (west);
large Venetian window alongside to the right and a 2.light window to the bow
with composite columns dividing the lights. The garden (west) elevation has
7:7 bays in all, 7 to the service block to the left (north). The main block
continues the style of the east elevation with similar windows. The 3 centre
bays are canted out and the 3 left-hand ground floor windows are in a single
storey canted rusticated bay. The south return of the main block has an
Edwardian bay window and circa 1930s conservatory. The service block to the
left also has rusticated detail but plainer architraves to the windows, which
are mostly 4-pane sashes.
Interior: Some of the principal rooms retain C19 features which look rather
early for the 1860s, including doorcases, panelled shutters, panelling with
reeded friezes and decorated plasterwork to the ceilings. The main stair, in
a C17 manner, has a heavy balustrade and moulded newel post. The principal
room in the east wing has a decorated plaster ceiling and deep cornice.
A substantial Victorian house in a style more usually associated with hotel
Listing NGR: TQ5714349214
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Source: English Heritage
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