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Description: Shelley's Hotel and Railings to South
Date Listed: 25 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 293195
OS Grid Reference: TQ4110110004
OS Grid Coordinates: 541101, 110004
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8723, 0.0040
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In the entry for
TQ 4110 SW LEWES HIGH STREET
TQ 4109 NW (north side)
9/213 & 14/213 Shelley's Hotel &
railing to south
25.2.52 (formerly listed as
In the eleventh row of the description "first floor" shall be amended to read
TQ 4110 SW & TQ 4109 NW LEWES HIGH STREET
9/213 & 14/213 (north side)
25.2.52 Shelley's Hotel & railings to
(formerly listed as No 137)
House, later The Vine Inn, now hotel. C16, extended and refronted in mid
C18 and altered in late C18. Rendered with rendered and stone dressings to
south, red and blue mathematical tiles to north. Stone slate roofs.
South (High Street) front: rendered with rendered dressings and modillioned
cornice to stone slate roofs with large brick ridge stack to left and smaller one
to right. Hipped ridge of wing to rear appearing over ridge to right of centre.
Double depth block with projecting hipped entrance porch of two storeys lower
than main ridge. 2 storeys; slightly irregular fenestration with 4 windows to
right of central porch and 3 to left, here with blank bay between second and third
windows from left. Glazing bar sashes in deep raised frames with keyblocks,
except the third window from the left on the first floor, tripartite, and a
tripartite window below with arched central light. First-floor glazing bar
sashes on re-entrant angles of porch. Blank first-floor to front of porch with
hotel-sign projecting. Entrance below with stone Tudor arch behind Doric columned
surround with entablature-hood over. Outer doorway with Tudor-arched surround
dated 1577 in left-hand spandrel. Early C17 moulded doorway inside porch.
North (garden) front: two 2-storey hexagonal bays; hipped roof with bracketted
cornice. Hall; Tuscan columned to right and rear with early C18 3-flight open
square well stair to rear. Turned balusters, columnar newels, open ramped rail,
mounting to first floor with dome and round lantern over. Bar; C17 panelling.
Late C18 wide ogee screen arch on triple colonnettes to rear. Dining room; early
C18 fireplace with Snelley crest over. Vestibule; Doorcases with moulded arch-
itraves, cornices and fluted friezes. Fasces panelling. Moulded cornice.
Conference room: Circa 1780 decoration with modillioned cornice, Vitruvian
scroll dado, fire-surround with tapering Ionic pilasters and swagged frieze.
Doorcase with moulded architraves, drop decoration and swagged frieze to
cornices. Bedroom 10: Early C18 fire-surround with acanthus decoration and
volute-brackets supporting corniced mantel-shelf. Various other early C18
fireplaces on first floor. Bedroom 11: C16 or early wall-paintings behind
plasterboard cover. Putti desporting themselves among heraldic decoration.
Bedroom 9: C17 panelling. Watercolour drawings of the interiors in 1865
are on diplay in the hotel bar. Spearhead railings on either side of porch.
Wing to rear of 2 storeys and 5 bays in matching materials and style, probably
early to mid C20. The gardens of Shelley's Hotel are said to have been laid
out by Alfred Waterhouse during the mid to late C19.
Listing NGR: TQ4110409993
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Source: English Heritage
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