32 Earl Street
- 24 Jun 2000
- 32 Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1PS
- Photograph (Digital)
This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.
MAIDSTONE Earl Street TQ 755 NE 1/388 No. 32 GV II
Club premises. Dated 1883. Ashlar, painted on front of ground floor. Roof concealed behind parapet appears to have clerestory lights to central span.
Plan not investigated - entrance to right to front. Italiante style.
Exterior: 3 storeys and basement. Symmetrical 4-bay front. The ground floor has rusticated round-headed doorway to right with human mask in the keystone.
Panelled double doors and fanlight and 3 windows to left, the bays divided by pilasters with large fluted consoles to the dentilled cornice above which supports a balcony with an ornate wrought iron balustrade to first floor. The first and second storey has 1:2:1 bay front with a moulded string course at second floor level breaking forward around the pilasters which divide the bays; and crowned by a dentilled cornice with a balustraded parapet and pedimental centrepiece, the tympanum of the pediment carved in stone with 2 shields surrounded by trailing foilage. The tall first floor windows are round-headed with moulded architraves, keystones and imposts. The ground and second floor windows are C19 sashes without glazing bars and the first floor are French casements. The Centre pier between the first floor windows has a stone inscribed "This stone was laid February 9th 1983 by ......" (view of name obscured by balustrade).
Interior: not inspected but might contain some of the club fixtures and other original features.
According to Kelly's Directory 1927 this was the premises of the Mid-Kent Conservative Club.
Listing NGR: TQ7596155890
© Mr John Vigar. Source: Historic England Archive
This photograph was taken for the Images of England project
Photographer: Vigar, John
Rights Holder: Vigar, John
Ashlar, Victorian Club, Recreational, Political Club