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Olantigh; Garden Terraces and Stable Block

A Grade II Listed Building in Wye with Hinxhill, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1985 / 51°11'54"N

Longitude: 0.9466 / 0°56'47"E

OS Eastings: 605962

OS Northings: 148489

OS Grid: TR059484

Mapcode National: GBR SXK.S58

Mapcode Global: VHKKH.C49L

Plus Code: 9F325WXW+9J

Entry Name: Olantigh; Garden Terraces and Stable Block

Listing Date: 16 February 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1275362

English Heritage Legacy ID: 412646

Also known as: Olantigh Towers

ID on this website: 101275362

Location: Bilting, Ashford, Kent, TN25

County: Kent

District: Ashford

Civil Parish: Wye with Hinxhill

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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2/282 Olantigh; garden
terraces and
stable block


House. 1910-12 by A. Burnett Brown & E.R. Barrow for W.E. Sawbridge-Erle-
Drax, incorporating portico of 1768. Red brick with ashlar dressing with
plain tiled roof. Two storey main block on plinth with rusticated pilaster-
quoins to modillion eaves cornice to hipped roof with stacks ranged left
to right. Projecting central Ionic pediment, the central intercolumn
space wider, with arms of John Sawbridge, Lord Mayor of London (1775) in
pediment. Seven bay front, the square sashes on 1st floor with lugged
segmentally headed and keyed ashlar surrounds, the ground floor glazing bar
sashes with moulded architraves and cornices on brackets. Central double
panelled door with side lights and traceried segmental fanlight, flanked
by keyed and garlanded niches containing paired sculptures of children,
representing the seasons, one signed A. Xavery, 1711 (an Antwerp sculptor).
Canted bay to left return. Rear wings incorporate remains of C18 mansion
extended mid C19. Interior: central corridor with coved ceiling with
balustraded oval top light, and with fluted Ionic columns. Saloon, with
balustraded balconies from upper corridor, ornate C19 ceiling, with large
Corinthian screen, now overlooking garden, but in 1860's leading to a large
picture gallery (demolished 1960). Balustraded staircase with half-
landing. The House replaced one largely destroyed by fire 1903; the portico
(originally in antis with equi-spaced columns) was some 70 feet to east on
the large 3 storey C18 building. The C19 additions, with towers gave the
name Olantigh Towers to the house. Garden terraces and platforms adjoin the
house. C18 stable block with C19 3 stage tower immediately to west of
main house. The architects were more noted for their surveying and
maintenance work for the Masonic order; this is one of if not their major
complete work. The seat from c.1250 successively of the Kempe family, then
Thornhill (e.c17 to 1708), Sawbridge and Sawbridge. Erle-Drax and now
Loudon families. (See C. Hussey, Country Life, July 24, July 31 and August
7, 1969).

Listing NGR: TR0596248489

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