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Description: Meopham Bank
Date Listed: 19 February 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179624
OS Grid Reference: TQ5634347438
OS Grid Coordinates: 556343, 147438
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2048, 0.2366
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HILDENBOROUGH POWDER MILL LANE (west side)
TQ 54 NE
5/191 Meopham Bank
Large house. Early C19 with early C20 extensions and refurbishment. The
early C19 core may have been designed by Septimus Burton (information from
English Heritage), the extension said to be by Edwin Lutyens (information from
the owner). Rendered with slate roofs and brick stacks.
Plan: The house faces south south west, say south and has an overall T plan
with a long double depth main range with a central corridor on the long axis
and a rear service wing at right angles. The stair rises off the corridor to
the rear. The early core is the centre section of the main range with
principal rooms on either side of what is now a garden entrance. The early
C20 additions are slightly set back to left and right with the present main
entrance into the east end.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Symmetrical 3:5:3 bay south front with hipped roofs
with deep eaves to the main block and flanking wings; the stacks have rendered
shafts with brick cornices. Early C20 canted central entrance bay with a deep
projecting porch hood on moulded stone brackets. A roundel window below the
hood is framed by stylized foliage carving in relief. The front door has an
eaved stone architrave and a 2-leaf timber door, the upper panels with
diagonal glazing bars. 12-pane sash windows to the ground floor with
segmental arched heads, the early C20 sashes matching the early C19 ones in
the main block. First floor windows also 12-pane sashes with 8-pane sashes to
the returns. All the windows have louvred green sun shutters. The rear
elevation has a mixture of casements and sashes, mostly early C20 and a large
5-light stair window with 2 transoms and small panes. The right return has
steps up to an early C20 open-fronted porch with a hipped slate roof and early
C20 sashes including a Venetian window to ground floor left. The left return
has a lean-to for inglenook seats to the billiard room fireplace. The service
wing is windowed with a mixture of sashes and casements and has an axial stack
with an attached bellcote.
Interior: Early C20 fittings including oak panelling to the principal rooms,
bolection-moulded chimney-pieces and doors with fielded panels. The service
wing is very unaltered with butler's pantry, servants' hall and kitchen.
Meopham Bank was the home of John Herring, the popular C19 genre painter, from
Listing NGR: TQ5633847449
This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.
Source: English Heritage
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