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The Royal Oak, Great Bookham

Description: The Royal Oak

Grade: II
Date Listed: 7 September 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 290474

OS Grid Reference: TQ1352554533
OS Grid Coordinates: 513525, 154533
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2786, -0.3737

Location: High Street, Dorking, Surrey KT23 4AG

Locality: Great Bookham
Local Authority: Mole Valley District Council
County: Surrey
Country: England
Postcode: KT23 4AG

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Listing Text

TQ 1354 NE (west side)

7.9.51 No.16 (The Royal Oak)


House, now public house. Probably C15, altered and enlarged probably in early
C18, and in C19. Timber-framed core, mostly surrounded by brick additions, the
facade rendered and painted white; red tile roofs. T-plan plus cross-wings:
original main range at right-angles to the street, extended at the sides, and
projecting cross-wings added. Two storeys and 2:3:2 bays, symmetrical; plat band
(rendered and painted black); the set-back 3-bay centre has a central doorway
with a pilasterd architrave, a pediment on fluted consoles, and a door with 6
raised and fielded panels; two 16-pane sashed windows at ground floor, with
thick glazing bars (ventilator inserted in that to the right), a large name-board
above the band, and three 4-pane sashes at 1st floor. The left wing has two 4-
pane sashes at ground floor, the right wing has a doorway and a 9-pane fixed
window, and at 1st floor each wing has a 4-pane sash in the outer bay and a
blind window in the inner bay. The wings have hipped roofs, but the outer side
of that to the left makes a straight joint with the roof of No.18 to the left
(q.v.). At the rear the central range projects and its north side has some
exposed timber framing, but is mostly covered by a lean-to addition in the angle
between it and the gable wall of the right wing; and a cottage (not included in
the item) is attached to the rear gable wall of the main range. Interior: the 1st
and 2nd bays of the main range have remains of late-medieval timber framing:
at ground floor 4 wallposts, that at the south-east corner with blocked mortices
of a former rail and jetty-bressummer (that at the other corner concealed), and
very large joists with shallow trenches where they overlapped the jetty-
bressummer; and an inserted chimney stack with inglenook fireplace in the 2nd
bay; at 1st floor, wallposts, rails and wallplates, with arch-braces on the north
side, and in the south wing part of a close-studded wall with a passing down-
brace; in the roof-space, part of a crown-post roof including one undecorated
crown-post with arch-bracing to the collar purlin, and collars and coupled rafters
of large scantling (the structure interrupted by alterations at the front and by
the inserted chimney stack to the rear). In addition the staircase in the rear has
a landing balustrade of c.1700, with thick turned balusters, broad handrail, and
ball-finial to the newel; the kitchen has a built-in corner-cupboard with round-
headed doorway and fielded panel doors; and both front doors have H-L hinges.

Listing NGR: TQ1351954530

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Source: English Heritage

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