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Description: Kneller Hall and Boundary Walls
Royal Military School of Music
Date Listed: 25 June 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 205540
OS Grid Reference: TQ1468574191
OS Grid Coordinates: 514685, 174191
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4551, -0.3508
5028 KNELLER ROAD
Royal Military School of
Music, Kneller Hall and
TQ 1474 16/1
Originally built 1709-11 for Sir Godfrey Kneller, much altered and extended to its
present elaborate neo-Jacobean form by George Mair, 1848.
A particularly fine symmetrical main elevation (east front): Brick and stone,
3 storeys, 'E' plan form, the projecting centre containing the entrance, having a large
square, 3-storey bay window, mullioned and transomed, crowned by an elaborate parapet
with a coat of arms. The bay window projects beyond flanking square towers with flush
bonded quoin stones, stone storey bands and slit windows, each tower crowned by a
cornice and leaded ogee cupola. On either side, 3-bay recessed wings link the centre
composition with 3-bay projecting wings, all with rusticated quoins, mullioned and
transomed windows with architrave surrounds and pierced parapets, the centre bays of
each wing front being enriched with superimposed orders of coupled pilasters and
crowned by an elaborate open strapwork gable, crowned by a little pediment. The
projecting wings are linked to form an entrance court behind an open arcaded stone
screen with a Doric order with mannered details. Balustraded guard each arched
opening with the exception of the centre bay which is treated as a projecting pediment
entrance containing steps up toward the door in the centre of the darn range. Later
additions to limited interest. Interior not seen, but stained glass in windows of
Listing NGR: TQ1468574191
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Source: English Heritage
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