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A Grade II Listed Building in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1307 / 51°7'50"N

Longitude: 0.2296 / 0°13'46"E

OS Eastings: 556104

OS Northings: 139189

OS Grid: TQ561391

Mapcode National: GBR MPX.4VK

Mapcode Global: VHHQC.XVR2

Entry Name: Rusthall

Listing Date: 24 August 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1079101

English Heritage Legacy ID: 439519

Location: Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3

County: Kent

District: Tunbridge Wells

Civil Parish: Speldhurst

Built-Up Area: Royal Tunbridge Wells

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Rusthall St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text

8/527 Rusthall


Large house. Probably C17 origins, massively rebuilt circa 1820, various C19
and C20 modernisations, most recently circa 1970 with extensions. Painted
brick with stone ashlar dressings; brick stacks and painted brick
chimneyshafts; peg-tile roof.

Plan: Large house. The main block faces west and has an irregular double
depth plan, front and back room either side of the entrance hall containing
the main stair. Large left (north) room has a rear stack backing onto the
rear room which has an axial stack backing onto a C20 extension at the left
end. Disused axial stack between front and back right rooms. These are the
principal rooms of the 1820 house. Service rooms to rear have been rebuilt
and enlarged.

2 storeys.

Exterior: Attractive nearly symmetrical 3-bay Gothick front. Outer bays
break forward at ground floor level with octagonal corner piers rising above
the parapet with stone caps and finials. Stone cornice below embattled
parapet. Chamfered plinth. Right bay contains one window and left bay
contains 2 windows, all with Tudor style hoodmoulds with the label stops
carved as shields. Single right window is a mullion-and-transom window
without glazing bars whilst 2 windows of the left bay are tripartite sashes
with central 12-pane sashes with top tier of Tudor arch glazing bars with
coloured glass in the spandrels. First floor windows of end bays are round
headed with hoodmoulds and 3-light windows have a lattice pattern of glazing
bars. Large gables over have ornamental open cusped bargeboards with
prominent apex finials and pendants and similar bottom pendants. Central 2-
storey gabled porch with similar bargeboards. Arch-headed plank door with
Gothick pattern of studded cover strips and fanlight has patterned glazing
bars. Stringcourse at first floor level and shield-shaped plaque above.
First floor window has a Tudor arch head and contains a 2-light window with
margin panes. Porch flanked by small arch-headed lancets.

Right south end has double gable end with similar bargeboards and projecting
ground floor bay in the same style as those on the front but here all the
windows are circa 1970 aluminium-framed windows and ground floor ones enlarged
to French windows. Similar C20 windows around the rest of the house except
for a couple of originals, e.g. rear north room of front block has a large
Tudor style oak ovolo-moulded mullion-and-transom window and a flat faced
mullion window, both containing diamond panes of leaded glass and with good

Interior: A mixture of styles. Entrance hall has a conventional Georgian
geometric stair with stick balusters and mahogany handrail. Northern (right
of front) rooms have C17 style with chamfered and scroll stopped beams and
Tudor arch stone fireplaces. They also include some reset genuine Jacobean
panelling. Roof not inspected.

Listing NGR: TQ5610439189

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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