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Part of Osbourne Smith's Wax Museum, Brading

Description: Part of Osbourne Smith's Wax Museum

Grade: II
Date Listed: 18 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 310083

OS Grid Reference: SZ6064687283
OS Grid Coordinates: 460646, 87283
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6821, -1.1429

Location: 4 Quay Lane, Brading PO36 0DQ

Locality: Brading
County: Isle of Wight
Country: England
Postcode: PO36 0DQ

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Listing Text

In the entry for

SZ 60 88
1352-0/6/82 46 (even) Part of Osborne
18/01/67 Smith's Wax Museum
(formerly listed as: part
of 1-2 The Old Cottage
part of Kings Towne

The grade and the description shall be amended to read

1352-0/6/82 46 (even) Part of Osborne
18/01/67 Smith's Wax Museum
(formerly listed as: part
of 1-2 The Old Cottage
part of Kings Towne

House, later subdivided, now part of wax museum. C16; restored
C20. Close-studded timber frame with herringbone brick nogging
(now painted); stone rubble at rear. Thatched 2-span roof with
gabled front and back. Large C20 stone rubble lateral stack on
left side.

PLAN: Rectangular plan with large ground floor room heated from
restored stack on left side and with 2 chambers above, open to
the roof, jettied out at front. Originally there may have been
service rooms at the back. The bay set back on the right (W) is
a C20 rebuilding of a later extension and the gables, the close-
studding on the ground floor and the large stack on the left (E)
side are all the result of a 1960s restoration.

EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. 2-gabled bays jettied out on first floor
on moulded bressumer on brackets and with moulded mid-rail above;
close-studding; tension braces on left and right returns. The
gables on brackets are C20. C20 4-light mullion - transom ground
floor windows and 3-light first windows with leaded panes and
shutters. C20 arched doorway to right of centre. Set back on
right rebuilt extension with glazed ground floor and oriel above.
Left-hand (E) return large C20 stone rubble stack with set-offs.
Stone rubble at rear with rebuilt gables and C20 stairs to
gallery under pentice.

INTERIOR; Ground floor left moulded bridging beam, moulded
joints and C20 fireplace with timber bressumer. Two 2-bay roofs
over chambers above, each with chamfered arch brace truss, the
braces corbelled at feet, the principals with renewed threaded
purlins and curved wind-braces.

NOTE: Said originally to have been the rectory which became the
town house of the oglander family, and later an inn, called The
Crown in the C17. Also said to be situated on an ancient site
with traces of Anglo-Saxon occupation. The skeleton exhumed here
is thought to be the remains of Louis de Rochefort the French spy
murdered in 1640 when it was The Crown Inn. Reputedly the only
close-studded town house on the Isle of Wight.


1352-0/6/82 46 (Even)
18/01/67 Part of Osborne Smith's Wax Museum
Formerly Listed as: part of
1-2 The Old Cottage part of Kings
Towne Museum

Wax museum, originally rectory then town house of Oglander
family, Inn, called Crown in C17, later 2 cottages. Early C16
restored C20. Timber-framed building, the front close-studded
with midrails and herringbone brick infill now colourwashed,
the side and rear elevations stone rubble. Thatched roof.
External stepped stone chimney stack to left-hand side. 2
storeys and attics 2 bays with 2 overhanging gables on
brackets and further 1 bay set back. 1st floor has two 3-light
mullioned windows with leaded lights, the right-hand having
original wooden mullions. Roll-moulded bressumer between
floors. Ground floor has two 4-light mullioned windows with
leaded lights and pilasters with carved tops. Doorcase has
spandrels and 2 centred arch with mouldings. To right hand 1st
floor square wooden mullions. Ground floor has cambered former
carriage entrance, now glazed. Ground floor left side room has
early C16 roll-moulded spine beam and joists. Wooden bressumer
and herringbone brick to fireplace and fireback. Flagstones.
Exposed close-studding with diagonal braces. Roof has upper
cruck construction with collar beam and some arched tension
braces, no ridge piece and through purlins. An ancient site
with traces of Anglo Saxon occupation. In 1640 when the
building was the Crown Inn French spy Louis de Rochefort was
murdered here. The only close-studded town house on the Isle
of Wight. Modern extension to rear including Chamber of
Horrors not of special interest

Listing NGR: SZ6064687283

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Source: English Heritage

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