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Capel County Primary School, Including Boundary Wall to the South

A Grade II Listed Building in Capel, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1818 / 51°10'54"N

Longitude: 0.3439 / 0°20'38"E

OS Eastings: 563919

OS Northings: 145118

OS Grid: TQ639451

Mapcode National: GBR NQM.XCZ

Mapcode Global: VHHQ7.XK5D

Plus Code: 9F3258JV+PH

Entry Name: Capel County Primary School, Including Boundary Wall to the South

Listing Date: 24 August 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1262836

English Heritage Legacy ID: 433994

Location: Capel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN12

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Capel

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Tudeley cum Capel with Five Oak Green

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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(north side)
1/250 Capel County Primary School,
including boundary wall to
the south

School and former masters house. Circa 1870-80. Flemish bond brick with
decorative bands of black brick and buff-coloured sandstone ashlar detail;
brick stacks and chimneyshafts; red tile roof.

Plan: Long block set back from the road and facing south south east, say
south. In the centre the former masters house stands taller than the school
blocks each side. It has a T-plan. The main block has 2 rooms, each with a
gable-end stack backing onto the school blocks beyond. Front doorway to left
with stair rising from the entrance hall. A lower one-room plan parlour block
projects forward at right angles heated by a stack backing onto the main
block. Each side are the school blocks, the left (west) one a little shorter
than the right one. Each has a one-room plan front wing, the left one at the
end but the right one a bay short of that end. Both schools have an axial
stack where the front wing roof meets the main block. Masters house is 2
storeys, the school blocks are single storey and there are various crica 1970
extensions to rear.

Exterior: High Victorian Gothic style. At first glance front appears
symmetrical but it is not really so. 1:2:3:2:1:1-window front. The gable-end
fronts of the front wings each contain a tall stone arch-headed and transomed
window with plate tracery. A stone string course which runs across the whole
front rises to the sill of these windows which also interrupt a band of black
brick. Diagonal buttresses and in the gable the purlins are supported by
shaped timber brackets. The front of each school main block has stone
shoulder headed lights; 2 2-light windows to left of the former masters house
and these separated by a, buttress and 2 3-light windows to right with another
2-light window at the end, beyond the front wing. The doorway to the left
block is next to the master's house, a kind of shouldered pointed arch in
stone. The doorway to the right block is into a lean-to alongside the front
wing that end. All the doorways contain original plank doors with ornate
Gothick-style strap hinges.

The centre bay of the masters house projects forward and has a ground floor
bay window and first floor oriel on shaped timber brackets. Both contain
timber mullion-and-transom window. Gable above has bargeboards supported by
pairs of shaped timber brackets. To left, flush with the main school is the
doorway, a stone shoulder headed arch with slit windows above lighting the
stairs. To right a ground floor shoulder-headed arch contains a mullion-and-
transom window and the first floor casements above is a gabled half dormer.
Eaves cornice of cogged brick (similar cornices to the chimneyshafts). Tall
roof is gable-ended and each end contains tall arch-headed stone windows with
plainer tracery than those at the front. Towards the left end a timber
bellcote rises from the ridge and has a tall spire-like roof.

Interior: Not inspected.

Along the front of the property is a low brick wall with a brick dentil
cornice and weathered coping. It is contemporary with the school. Square
section gate posts in the same style with pyramid caps. The left gate post in
front of the former masters house includes a Victorian post box.

Listing NGR: TQ6391945118

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