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George Vaults

A Grade II* Listed Building in Rochester West, Medway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3904 / 51°23'25"N

Longitude: 0.5033 / 0°30'11"E

OS Eastings: 574267

OS Northings: 168684

OS Grid: TQ742686

Mapcode National: GBR PPN.N37

Mapcode Global: VHJLT.N9YY

Entry Name: George Vaults

Listing Date: 24 October 1950

Last Amended: 2 December 1991

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1186209

English Heritage Legacy ID: 173039

Location: Medway, ME1

County: Medway

Electoral Ward/Division: Rochester West

Built-Up Area: Rochester

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Rochester St Peter Parish Centre

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text

ROCHESTER HIGH STREET
TQ 7468 NW
7/109 No 35 (George
Vaults) (formerly
24.10.50 listed as George
Inn)
GV II*
Public house. Late C18 and C19, built over early C14 (c.1320-5)
vaulted undercroft. Brick; hipped tile roof. 3 storeys; regular
3-window range. Brick parapet with stone coping and cornice
band. 2nd floor: 4-pane horned sash windows under flat rubbed
brick arches. 1st floor: large Venetian window with 2:4:2 horned
sashes. Late Victorian pub front with glazed brick plinth,
central half-glazed double door with rectangular overlight; large
side windows and blocked side doors. C18 rainwater head between
this and No 37. Left return with fragmentary dentilled cornice.
Modern boiler stack and some hornless sash windows. The building
is notable for its early C14 undercroft (which gives Geroge
Vaults its starred listing grade). Chalk ashlar and rubble; 4
bays; quadrapartite vaults with longitudinal rib; chamfered ribs
with rubble infill; foliated bosses with various creatures.
Moulded capitals to shaft with foliated necks and pyramid stops.
The decorative detailing is much eroded. One pointed arch
doorway (blocked) to E; other openings, also blocked, set high
to W. Further arched doorways to the S (street-side) are
obscured from view. The undercroft measures 54 feet x 16 ft
8½ ins and is 11 ft high. Drawings of the undercroft with
details appear in George Payne, 'Medieval Crypts at Rochester'.
Archaeolooia Cantiana XXIV (1900), 220-4.


Listing NGR: TQ7427268688

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