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St Mary's Gatehouse Including Attached Steps, Seat, Lamp, Drinking Fountain and Letterbox

A Grade II Listed Building in Sevenoaks, Kent

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Latitude: 51.2701 / 51°16'12"N

Longitude: 0.1817 / 0°10'54"E

OS Eastings: 552292

OS Northings: 154583

OS Grid: TQ522545

Mapcode National: GBR MN3.BRP

Mapcode Global: VHHPS.3BFQ

Plus Code: 9F3275CJ+2M

Entry Name: St Mary's Gatehouse Including Attached Steps, Seat, Lamp, Drinking Fountain and Letterbox

Listing Date: 18 April 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1272475

English Heritage Legacy ID: 449177

Location: Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Sevenoaks

Built-Up Area: Sevenoaks

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Kippington St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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TO 55 SW
No 64 St Mary's
Gatehouse including
attached Steps, Seat,
Lamp, Drinking Fountain
and Letterbox
- II

House with attached steps, seat, street lamp, drinking fountain and letterbox.
1915. Built by Charles W Bowles FRIBA for Henry Percy Thompson as a memorial to
his parents. House is in Tudor style, timber-framed with plaster infilling on
sandstone base. Peg-tiled roof with 2 paired diagonally-set brick chimney stacks
to ridge and large external brick and stone chimneystack with paired diagonal
shafts to sides. 2 storeys: 3 windows. Each end has projecting gable with cusped
barge-boards and pendants, close-studding with crenellated tie beams and quatre-
foil ornaments. Central bay has 4-light mullioned casements with leaded lights,
other windows are 2-light. Ground floor front has filled in Tudor arch flanked by
cinquefoil-headed sidelights, probably original the main entrance, which is now in
a porch on the right hand side elevation. To the left is an open passageway lead-
ing to St Mary's Church (also endowed by Henry Percy Thompson). This has a moulded
bressummer, 4 centred arch flanked by cinquefoil headed lights and rows of cinque-
foil headed lights to side. Plastered ceiling with fleur-de-lys and shield
motifs and lead plaque with inscription to the donor's parents. The rear
elevation is close-studded and has a projecting gable with attached glazed stair-
case. Interior has a staircase with splat balusters, wooden fireplace with Delft
tiles. Attached to the house is a section of curved walling of stone, brick and
tiles with a series of stone steps, which divides in the middle to enclose a
triangular wooden seat with an Art Nouveau lamp standard comprising square wooden
pier with square glass and iron lantern surmounted by finial. Attached to the
left-hand side is a stone wall incorporating a metal drinking fountain and a
Victorian wall letter box. Behind the house the flight of curved stone steps
continues, terminating in 2 brick piers with stone cornices.
The rent from letting the house was designed to serve as part of the benefice

Listing NGR: TQ5229254583

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