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Description: Kings Arms Royal Hotel
Date Listed: 18 December 1947
English Heritage Building ID: 291402
OS Grid Reference: SU9716943873
OS Grid Coordinates: 497169, 143873
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1858, -0.6110
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GODALMING HIGH STREET
SU 9743 NW
13/123 Nos 18,20, and 22-26 Kings
Arms Royal Hotel)(formerly
18.12.1947 listed as 6A, 6, 7 and 8)
Hotel and 2 shops. Mid C18 with some earlier fabric, later C18, C19 and C20
alterations. Red brick in Flemish bond with vitreous headers; plain tile roof.
3 storeys; 11 bays, end bays projecting, central 5 bays under pediment. Plinth;
platbands between floors; stepped brick cornice broken in centre below pediment;
parapet with raised pilasters and stepped top broken by pediment. Windows have
segmental brick arches with dropped keystones, projecting sills, and sashes with
glazing bars, unequally-hung and of 9 panes on 2nd floor, all in reveals.
Central entrance has recessed 8-panel door with panelled reveal in Tuscan porch
with columns and rear pilasters and entablature with modillion cornice which
supports wrought-iron balcony with scrolled central panels in front of French
window above which rises tall round-arched window with glazing bars, keystone
and imposts. Basket-arched carriage-way with imposts and keystone to bay 1; C20
shop front to bays 8-11. Hotel sign hangs from iron bracket between bays 3 and
4. Two decorative rainwater heads dated 1753. Various stacks. Rear: 2-bay
late-C18 block to rear of bays 2 and 3. 2-storey wing of 2 builds to rear of
bays 6 and 7, 3 bays deep, the 2 bays nearest main range having large sashes
with glazing bars under segmental soldier-brick arches flanking blocked
ground-floor doorway; the end bay has similar sashes but un-arched, and
mathematical tiling (giving impression of Flemish bond brickwork) to upper part
of 1st floor of side; tile-hung end wall. Interior: ground floor has C19
panelling, architraves, fireplaces and stair on 1st floor C17 panelling to
partition between rooms and rear corridor, also in left-hand room which has
Tudor-arched stone fireplace with initials 'K', 'A' in spandrels; the steps up
to this room have an C18-style columnar newel and the doors in to the front
rooms are of C18-style, so it is probable that the C17 panelling was reused in
an C18 refurbishment; front rooms have cornices; at right end on 1st floor are
two large-panelled timber-framed cross-walls. 2nd floor: large-panelled
partition wall between rooms and rear corridor which has keyed arch, keyed
architrave to stair door and panelled jambs to former window in rear wall; the
rooms have plain panelling and cornices.
A coaching house existed on this site in the C17 and in 1698 Peter the Great
stayed here (Coombs, p16).
D Coombs, The Godalming 400 (1978).
Listing NGR: SU9713543839
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