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Description: Eltham Lodge
Date Listed: 8 June 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 200271
OS Grid Reference: TQ4293473831
OS Grid Coordinates: 542934, 173831
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4454, 0.0554
4412 COURT ROAD SE9
(off East Side)
TQ 4273 59/W19
(The lodge is now Club House of Royal Blackheath Golf Club).
1663-65. Built by Hugh May for Sir John Shaw. 2 storeys, attic and basement,
7 windows. Moderately high pitched swept, slated roof with 2 gabled dormers.
Moulded and modillioned wood eaves cornice. Slightly projecting 3-bay centre
under pediment with similar cornice. Red brick. Gauged bricks to round window
in pediment, partly covered by Arms Of Golf Club and swags. Cornice runs across
centre piece and rests on 4 quasi-Ionic pilasters, Stone band at ground floor.
Gauged brick arches to replaced sash windows with glazing bars in flush moulded
frames with moulded cills. Central 1st floor window wider. Modernised central
door, with cornice head and fanlight, in moulded round architrave with keystone.
Square outer architrave rests on keystone. Cornice hood on scrolled brackets.
Flight of 7 steps, curved at sides, with replaced wrought iron handrail. 1-storey,
2-window modern left extension. Garden front of similar proportions, but without
pediment, 1st floor centre windows flanked by shallow niches with gauged brick
round arches. Early C19 heavy classic tetrastyle porch with outer columns square.
Entablature with dentil cornice and blocking course holding clock face. Porch
also flanked by small niches. 7 stone steps with curved balustrades, urns at
foot. Return walls have round arched, blank window spaces alternating with windows.
Inside front hall in 2 parts with double screen of marbled Ionic columns. Plaster
ceiling with C18 rococo decoration in low relief. 2 downstairs front rooms with
similar rococo ceilings and enriched classical doorways. Room on right of hall
has old carved pine fireplace; room on left has complete mid- late C18 plaster
work with garlands and panels on walls, and 5 enriched doorcases.
Ground floor back rooms, one with C18 ceiling and one retaining C17 ceiling of
geometrical panels in heavy, raised, floral borders.
Original staircase of heavy carved oak with balustrade of spiral wreaths and
cherubs. Very heavy rail with mouldings and enrichment. Oak leaf swell frieze
band below string. Stairwell has rich plaster ceiling with flowers and fruit
in very high relief in centre panel; and outer panels repeating pattern of balustrade.
Upstairs dining room has very splendid plaster ceiling with rectangular centre
and oval end panels, similar in style to stair well. Room completely panelled.
Enriched door and window entablatures. Original marble fireplace surround.
Billiard-room ceiling in 2 parts East one with rococo C18 plaster (possibly once
an ante-room) and the rest original with thick, raised borders of flowers and
leaves, and acanthus scroll outside. West section partly divided by low plastered
beam, with eagle in centre, resting on fluted Corinthian side pilasters.
Several original fireplaces now in museums and French C18 and C19 ones substituted.
Listing NGR: TQ4293473831
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