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Combe Bank

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

Plus Code: 9F3274JC+MG

Entry Name: Combe Bank

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

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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Listing Text

Combe Bank Road
(West Side)

Combe Bank
(Convent of the Holy Child Jesus)
TQ 4855 32/1259 10.9.54.


The original building, 2nd quarter of C18 by Roger Morris. 5-bay Palladian
villa with 2 and a half-storey side bays, under low pyramidal roofs, 2-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 5-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 1879-80 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

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

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