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Description: Meath Home
Date Listed: 3 October 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 291498
OS Grid Reference: SU9655744071
OS Grid Coordinates: 496557, 144071
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1877, -0.6197
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GODALMING WESTBROOK ROAD
SU 9644 SE
House, now residential home. Probably c.1785 for N Godbold (Pevsner p.259),
probably with earlier parts; much altered mid C19 (for Lord Brassey); C20 addi-
tions and alterations. Stuccoed; Welsh slate roof. 2i and 3 storeys. Garden
front: plinth. Main range of 1:5:1 bays, end bays projecting and each having:
vermiculated quoins; canted bay window to ground floor with central French
window; pilaster jambs with capitals; frieze; cornice; balustrade in front of
wide tripartite lst-floor window; 2nd-floor Diocletian window in architrave on
sill blocks. The 5 central bays have a central French window, otherwise 4-pane
sashes, shorter on 2nd floor, with projecting sills. Eaves cornice; frieze with
panels, dentilled cornice and blocking course. Three lateral stacks at right
end. On left, set back is a 3-storey, 5-bay addition with rusticated quoins to
left; sashes; 1st-floor cornice; projecting single-storey, balustraded, flat-
roofed addition on right; roof hipped on left and with stack at left side. Main
entrance on right return in porch facing garden front with board door, side
column, entablature with cornice and blocking course. Behind this is 2-storey
addition of rubble brought to course with brick dressings and plain tile roof.
Right return of main range has 3 sashes with glazing bars at different heights.
Rear: to main range old door with 6 raised and fielded panels; above it an
unequally-hung 9-pane sash. Projecting block to right of this has tall round-
arched stair window, a sash with glazing bars to 1st floor, and a 16-pane sash
to 2nd floor; windows otherwise 4-pane or 2-pane sashes. Interior: mostly C19,
but stair hall has good, coved, ceiling with decorative Adam-style plasterwork
and acanthus-leaf cornices, the open-well stair mid C20.
The building is important in being the home of General James oglethorpe, founder
of the American colony of Georgia (1732), until his death in 1785.
N Pevsner, The Buildings of Enqland, Surrey (1971, 2nd edition).
Listing NGR: SU9655744071
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Source: English Heritage
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