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Latitude: 51.2935 / 51°17'36"N
Longitude: 0.4293 / 0°25'45"E
OS Eastings: 569473
OS Northings: 157737
OS Grid: TQ694577
Mapcode National: GBR NPD.TLF
Mapcode Global: VHJM5.DR97
Entry Name: Clare House
Listing Date: 1 August 1952
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1099100
English Heritage Legacy ID: 179326
Location: East Malling and Larkfield, Tonbridge and Malling, Kent, ME19
District: Tonbridge and Malling
Civil Parish: East Malling and Larkfield
Traditional County: Kent
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent
Church of England Parish: East Malling St James
Church of England Diocese: Rochester
EAST MALLING & LARKFIELD CLARE LANE
TQ 65 NE
1.8.52 Clare House
House. 1793 for John Larking by Michael Starles of Blackheath. Stuccoed brick
with wide-spreading boxed eaves to slate roof. Trilobed plan with central
square block flanked by two octagonal bays, fronted by bow with concentric two-
storey loggia. 2 storeys; 3 bays in ends of lobes, single bays in sides of
flanking lobes and in revealed corners of square central box. Glazing bar
sashes windows, with projecting sills on 1st floor, lengthened to ground level
below. 2 doorways with architrave surrounds and shallow flat hoods on brackets
in bays flanking central bow. Bowed loggia on attenuated Tuscan columns carry-
ing entablature and 1st floor loggia. Doubled iron supports with cast-iron sup-
ports with cast-iron railings carrying lead-carved awning with decorated fringe.
Bowed roof above with low stacks at angles behind, in front of lead-carved dome.
Large square block added to rear, circa 1814, including a conservatory project-
ing to left at rear. INTERIOR: Central circular 2-storey top-lit stairwell.
Stair with two-lights and intermediate landing, iron balustrade and wooden hand-
rail, leading up around the rear of the stairwell, anti-clockwise. Drawing-room:
Oval with moulded decorated plaster cornice. Peer glasses inset between windows
with reeded surrounds and swagged tops. Marble pilastered fire surround.
Dining room: Stretched octagon. Decorated moulded plaster cornice. Arched
recesses either side of door with composite columns and gilded capitals. Marble
pilastered fire surround. Library: Moulded plaster cornice. Black marble fire
surround in quasi-Egyptian style. Halls: Moulded decorative plaster cornice.
1st floor: Various moulded decorative plaster cornices and moulded wooden fire
surrounds. Sources: Country Life, CVI, September 16th & 23rd, 1949.
Listing NGR: TQ6945757738
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