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Combe Bank (Convent of the Holy Child Jesus)

A Grade I Listed Building in Sundridge with Ide Hill, Kent

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Latitude: 51.2817 / 51°16'54"N

Longitude: 0.1214 / 0°7'16"E

OS Eastings: 548044

OS Northings: 155756

OS Grid: TQ480557

Mapcode National: GBR LLJ.FJF

Mapcode Global: VHHPR.210R

Entry Name: Combe Bank (Convent of the Holy Child Jesus)

Listing Date: 10 September 1954

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1243769

English Heritage Legacy ID: 448051

Location: Sundridge with Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14

County: Kent

District: Sevenoaks

Civil Parish: Sundridge with Ide Hill

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Sundridge St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Combe Bank (Convent of the Holy Child Jesus)


The original building, second quarter of C18 by Roger Morris. Five bay Palladian villa with two and a half-storey side bays, under low pyramidal roofs, two storey centre with balustraded parapet, pyramidal slated roof and central cupola. Sash windows with glazing bars in moulded architraves, those on ground floor rusticated, and with pediments in side bays. Rendered elevations with stone quoins and dressings. Ground floor porch and Ionic screen added by Norman Shaw circa 1900. Similar five bay left return. Pedimented projecting centre on garden front.

Inside several rooms of modest size retain complete original decorations; ie chimney pieces, panelling and enrichments to doors and windows; and coved ceilings with ornamental plaster work. Graceful wrought iron staircase in late C18 style.

House built for Col John Campbell, afterwards Duke of Argyle. In 1879-1880 it was owned by Dr William Spottiswoode the President of the Royal Society, who had the saloon redecorated by Walter Crane as a library. Very rich, in bronze, silver and gold, with an early C17 Venetian frieze of putti. Fireplace signed and dated 1880, and all completely preserved. North addition of 1807 contains drawing room and ballroom (the latter now a chapel) with convincing Adam style decoration by Walter Cave. The house was the childhood home of Cardinal Manning.

Listing NGR: TQ4803955747

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