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Shorncliffe Lodge

A Grade II Listed Building in Sandgate, Kent

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Latitude: 51.0746 / 51°4'28"N

Longitude: 1.1428 / 1°8'34"E

OS Eastings: 620256

OS Northings: 135290

OS Grid: TR202352

Mapcode National: GBR V0P.FRZ

Mapcode Global: FRA F688.YWH

Plus Code: 9F3334FV+V4

Entry Name: Shorncliffe Lodge

Listing Date: 17 April 1974

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1344161

English Heritage Legacy ID: 175442

Location: Sandgate, Folkestone and Hythe, Kent, CT20

County: Kent

District: Shepway

Civil Parish: Sandgate

Built-Up Area: Folkestone

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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TR 2035 SW

Shorncliffe Lodge


A mid C19 house in a whimsical Gothic style reminiscent of the Regency period. Irregular plan. The front elevation is two to three storeys and basement stuccoed. Central pedimented gable with pierced bargeboards. Lancet-headed windows with dripmoulding. Second floor windows have foliated corbels. First floor windows have eight corbels in the shape of assorted medieval heads. Square porch with round-headed arch and double lancet lights on the sides. To the left of the gabled portion is a portion sub-divided and now known as "The Keyes" with a doorcase having trefoliated heads. The portion to the right is known as 'Woodside' and has a two storey extension to its extreme right. The garden elevation has a central pierced gable, coved eaves cornice and stringcourse. Mainly casement windows on the left hand portion having iron balconettes on the second floor and with dripmoulding to the right hand portion. Two three-light bays to the ground floor and central three-light curved bow to first floor with three Gothic pointed lights and balcony with band of quatrefoils. This is supported on four square columns decorated with trefoliated panels and fan tracery above. Triple trefoliated-headed lights to French windows behind. Later glass conservatory. The garden elevation dominates the hillside above Sandgate and is partly listed for this reason.

Shorncliffe Lodge was purchased by Edward Albert Sassoon, a prominent British merchant banker and politician of the internationally famous Baghdadi Jewish business dynasty, and his wife Aline Caroline de Rothschild, after Sassoon’s election as MP for Hythe, a constituency previously represented by Meyer de Rothschild. The Rothschild family owned property in the area since the early C19, using it as a staging point for couriers and carrier pigeons for their communication system with the Continent.

Listing NGR: TR2025635290

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