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Description: Chilham Castle
Date Listed: 13 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 181415
OS Grid Reference: TR0668753479
OS Grid Coordinates: 606687, 153479
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2430, 0.9599
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TR 0653-0753 CHILHAM
7/43 Chilham Castle
House. 1616 for Sir Dudley Digges, addtions and alterations by
David Brandon 1861 - 3, and Sir Herbert Baker, 1922. Red brick
and ashlar dressings and plain tile roof. Built as an hexagon
open to the south, with C19 and C20 service wing extending to the
west. Entrance front: 2 storeys and basement, with string courses
to first and second floors and battlements, 3 groups of tall
chimneys; 3 storey corner turrets with ogee cupolas, and central
3 storey gabled porch. Regular fenestration of 4 mullioned
cross-windows, with single lights in the turrets, and curving
oriel (1922) in porch. Oak board doorway in ashlared surround
with flanking pilasters and frieze over inscribed "The Lord
is my House of Defence and my Castle. Dudley Digges, A.D. 1616,
Mary Kempe." The garden and other fronts are of similar design.
Interior: restored panelled hall entered in centre of one long
side, an unusual overmantel. Much linenfold and C18 panelling
elsewhere. Staircase original, of 3 flights, with arcades at
main levels; flights running up open wells, with Tuscan columns
below and Ionic above, with turned balusters. Some important
Bethersden marble chimney pieces in situ. The Banqueting Hall
in the wing by Baker was originally a swimming pool, a copy
of Caligula's baths at Carrara. (See B.O.E. Kent. II, 27405,
and C.L. Vol. 55, 1939).
Listing NGR: TR0669553487
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Source: English Heritage
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