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West Wood St Dunstan, Mayfield and Five Ashes

Description: West Wood St Dunstan

Grade: II
Date Listed: 2 April 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 297116

OS Grid Reference: TQ5830026762
OS Grid Coordinates: 558300, 126762
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0184, 0.2556

Location: West Street, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6BA

Locality: Mayfield and Five Ashes
Local Authority: Wealden District Council
County: East Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: TN20 6BA

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Listing Text

TQ 5826
(south side)
West Wood St Dunstan
- II

Large house. c.1902 by W H Romaine-Walker for himself. Coursed squared sandstone
to ground floor; 1st floor pebbledashed above moulded timber bressummer; renewed
tile roof; brick chimneys. U-shaped plan, open on south-east (garden) side, with
side-outshut (service wing) on west side. 2 storeys, 5 bays with 1-bay side out-
shut. In Arts and Crafts style having: Tudor-arched doorways with decorative
spandrals and nail-studded board doors with cover strips; wooden mullioned
windows, on ground floor with transoms, having leaded casements with decorative
catches and some with reset stained or painted glass medallions (some with C17
dates); rafter ends visible at eaves; ribbed and corniced clustered chimney-
stacks. Garden elevation: 1st floor jettied; gables have decorative open-work
bargeboards and finials with pendants. Main range of 3 bays, has 4-light bay
windows in angles with wings and 6-light central window; continuous window to 1st
floor. Wings: left wing is taller and longer than right wing; each has a 4-light
window to each floor of gable end; right wing has a door to its inner return, and
the left wing a 4-light bay window, a door, and on 1st floor two 3-light windows
set in gables, the gable on right with bird holes. On left of left wing is
formerly open-fronted loggia, now glazed conservatory, with restored wooden frame-
work supporting roof. A stack to ridge of main range and each wing. Rear
(entrance) elevation: projecting jettied gabled left bay has a 3-light window to
each floor. next 2 bays have fire-back projection with offset top, 1-light window
with old glass to far right, and two 4-light flat-roofed dormers. Gabled bay 4
has 3-light 1st floor window but is largely masked by 2-storey gabled porch.
Porch: upper part of ground floor originally open, now glazed, with turned
balusters; 2-light window to gable; doorway to left return having decorative arch
with pineapple pendant and grotesques; internal door flanked by side-lights. Bay
5 has 1-light window; and the brick outshut a round-arched doorway. Right return:
flat-roofed 4-light bay window to left; 3-light window to right; on 1st floor,
central 2-light window below gable. Left return (side outshut): of brick with
various small-pane wooden casement windows and flat-roofed dormers; one curious
dormer in tile-hung half-gable abutting tall chimney on left, and one in pebble-
dashed gable near top of roof. Interior: good quality interior survives well,
including: panelled doors and window reveals; fireplaces with tile or marble
surrounds, architraves and metal grates; tiled bathrooms with original baths.
Sitting room, in Jacobean style, has panelling with low-relief-decorated pilasters
with lions' heads above and modillion cornice; running-pomegranite plaster frieze;
decorative plaster ceiling with panels containing flora and fauna reliefs and
pendants; stone fireplace with low-relief-decorative flanking pilasters and
columns at front which support entablature. Jacobean-style wooden stair rises
from sitting room and has balusters forming arched panels; relief-decorated
finialed newels, and late-C18-style balustrade to lst-floor landing. In Dining
Room, walls hung with original tapestry; bolection-moulded architraves; elaborate
fireplace; and coved ceiling. In principal bedroom cupboards flanking fireplace
have delicate metalwork fronts. This is a high quality Arts and Crafts house by a
major society architect of the period. From 1956-86 it was the home of
General Glubb (Glubb Pasha).

Listing NGR: TQ5830026762

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Source: English Heritage

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