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Description: Coombe Cottage
Date Listed: 30 August 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 203205
OS Grid Reference: TQ2151970062
OS Grid Coordinates: 521519, 170062
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4166, -0.2539
TO 27 SW KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES COOMBE LANE WEST
2/51 No. 187 (Coombe Cottage)
House, now offices. Built 1863 and extended 1870-4 by George Devey
for E. C. Baring, the banker. Red brick with purple brick diaper work;
weatherboarded gables; gabled Welsh slate roof; brick stacks. Pictur-
esque neo-vernacular style. Asymmetrical plan and 2-storey elevations.
Main west elevation has 3-stage tower with staircase projection to
right; flat brick arches over casement windows; moulded brick cornice
and battlemented parapet. To front of this tower is a half-glazed
door set in moulded basket-arched architrave, and porch with wood
mullions to glazed panels, a coved pilaster cornice, and a parapet
with late C17-style balustrade. To left of porch are 4 asymmetrically-
planned gabled projections which, from nearest to the porch, have
quatrefoil gable light, square bay window with double-gabled roof,
and, finally, a square bay window; 3 gables nearest porch have weather-
boarding, all have bargeboards and wood-mullioned and transomed windows,
and gable to left has segmental brick tympanum arches over openings.
Range in neo-Tudor style to right of porch, with 2-storey bays facing
west and east and 5 bay south elevation with gabled fronts to east
and west cross wings, all with label moulds over chamfered stone-
mullioned windows. East elevation has 4 gables to centre, with barge-
boards, weatherboarded upper gables, and weatherboarded jettied first
floor to right with chamfered wood quoin blocks; splayed oriel window
with similar treatment to left; flat brick arches over wood-mullioned
and transomed casements. Short brick screen wall with keystone to
elliptical-arched doorway connects multi-gabled range to 4-stage tower
on right, which has similar casement windows having moulded brick
string courses and cornice, and similar shaped floating cornices over
ground and first-floor windows. Interior noted as having original
Devey doors, panelling and staircase. This house is one of Devey's
earliest commissions and its early use of the neo-vernacular style
anticipates the later work of Shaw and Webb.
(M. Girouard, The Victorian Country House, 1971, pp. 178, 197).
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Listing NGR: TQ2151970062
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