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Kings School and Cathedral Visitors Centre

A Grade I Listed Building in Rochester, Medway

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Latitude: 51.3884 / 51°23'18"N

Longitude: 0.5038 / 0°30'13"E

OS Eastings: 574311

OS Northings: 168462

OS Grid: TQ743684

Mapcode National: GBR PPN.VLQ

Mapcode Global: VHJLT.PC7H

Plus Code: 9F329GQ3+9G

Entry Name: Kings School and Cathedral Visitors Centre

Listing Date: 24 October 1950

Last Amended: 19 May 1994

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1086421

English Heritage Legacy ID: 173122

Location: Rochester, Medway, ME1

County: Medway

Electoral Ward/Division: Rochester West

Parish: Non Civil Parish

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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The following entry:-
TQ 7468 SW
9/190 King's School
(formerly The Deanery)
24.10.50 and Cathedral visitors'

shall be amended to read:-

9/190 Kings School
(formerly The Deanery)
24.10.50 and Cathedral visitors'


TQ 7468 SW
9/190 King's School
(formerly The
Deanery) and
Former Deanery, now part of the Kings's School. Late-medieval
priory and early C16 work incorporated in a building dating
mainly from 1640 and 1770. Random and coursed ragstone and
clunch rubble; Kent tile and Welsh slate roofs. Given limited
access and much late-C20 internal re-ordering, the plan and
development of this building, together with its significance, are
difficult to determine at present. Front: 3 storeys; symmetrical
late-C18 2:3:2: bay house with centre bays projecting under brick
pediment; renewed brick parapet with cornice band and stone
coping. 12-pane hornless sash windows with red brick dressings
throughout. At rear, the E wall of the (now ruined) Chapter
House is incorporated into 3 parallel wings under hipped roofs,
with a large central stack. To the S of the Chapter House (on
the side of the monastic dorter), a brick and ragstone service
wing shows evidence of C16 rectangular brick dressed window
openings. Mid-C19 brick entrance porch at NE angle. Note that
the C20 brick extension to the S is of no special interest.
Interior: access to main staircase not available. One ground-
floor room with late C18 fire surround. 1st floor has 2 large
C16 chambers with C17 and C18 details; 3 central bays of 1st
floor has stile and muntin panelling with C18 marble fire
surround, pilastered overmantel in 'artisan mannerist' style (but
possibly a C19 replica). 2-bay room to S, has 4-centred moulded
brick fireplace, probably early C16. Early to mid C17 panelling
(presumably c.1640), with 2 fielded and raised panels, deep,
coved cornice, pilasters and plinths with 2 strap work panels at
base and primitive Doric capitals. This was previously listed
as The Deanery.

Listing NGR: TQ7431068459

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