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9-12 Vincent Square at Former RAF Biggin Hill

A Grade II Listed Building in Darwin, London

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Latitude: 51.3301 / 51°19'48"N

Longitude: 0.0239 / 0°1'26"E

OS Eastings: 541099

OS Northings: 160946

OS Grid: TQ410609

Mapcode National: GBR M5.YHG

Mapcode Global: VHHP9.CTHQ

Plus Code: 9F3282JF+2H

Entry Name: 9-12 Vincent Square at Former RAF Biggin Hill

Listing Date: 1 December 2005

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391596

English Heritage Legacy ID: 495989

ID on this website: 101391596

Location: Leaves Green, Bromley, London, TN16

County: London

District: Bromley

Electoral Ward/Division: Darwin

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bromley

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Biggin Hill St Mark

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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01-DEC-05 (West side)
9-12 Vincent Square at Former RAF Bigg
in Hill

Terrace of four houses, part of group of 26. Dated 1929, by the Air Ministry's Directorate of Worlds and Buildings. Painted brickwork, cavity walls, slate roofs, lead to bay windows.

PLAN: A short straight terrace in two storeys, hipped roof to right and gable to the left. Each dwelling entered to the right, with living, dining and kitchen ground floor, and three bedrooms; originally with four open fireplaces, two to each floor, on party wall to left. Terrace lies to W side of the Square near the N end.

EXTERIOR: Windows generally plain wooden sash, in half-brick reveals and to concrete sub-sills. At first floor four windows, separated by narrow brick piers, and the outer lights narrower than the centre; below these a canted flat-roofed bay, with brick mullions, large central and smaller side-lights. To the right, on two steps a flush panelled door with square glazed top panel, under a flat concrete hood with roll-mould edge, and on concrete brackets. Large ridge stacks, to the left of each house, and end stack to the left; the stacks have deep stepped cappings.

End returns are plain, and the back has a double sash with brick mullion to the first floor, above a large replacement casement, a door L and a small side light. Datestone with carved date '1929'. Simple eaves to three sides and clipped gable verge to left.

INTERIOR: Not inspected; the houses restored by a Housing Association as part of the renovation of the whole Square.

HISTORY: This forms part of the best preserved group of married quarters, typically designed on Garden City principles, that predate the post-1934 Expansion Period of the RAF and relate to a nationally important historic aviation site. They are dated 1929, six of the houses having been demolished following the 1940 raids but still presenting a group of 26 planned as an elongated square around a central grassed area. Land for the new married quarters had been purchased in 1923-5.

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