Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1070423

Date first listed: 19-Feb-1990



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County: Kent

District: Tonbridge and Malling (District Authority)

Parish: Hildenborough

National Grid Reference: TQ 57143 49214


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HILDENBOROUGH COLDHARBOUR LANE (west side) TQ 54 NE 5/111 St Raphael Medical Centre - II

Country house, converted to a private medical centre. Circa 1860s, possibly a remodelling of an earlier C19 house, with Edwardian alterations. The main block is in an early C17 French Mannerist style. Stuccoed with slate roofs; stacks with rendered shafts.

Plan: Built on a north south axis, entrance on the east side, garden front to the west. Approximately T plan with the main block, containing the principal rooms, to the south with an east wing at right angles at its north end. Long service block to the north. The principal rooms open off the entrance hall with the main stair to the north.

Exterior: Main block 2 storeys and attic with a deep Mansard roof; east wing single-storey; 3-storey service block. Asymmetrical 8-bay east front to the main range, the centre 5 bays broken forward with rusticated quoins. Moulded string course at first floor level and deep moulded eaves cornice. A small projecting bay forms the porch. This has horizontal rustication and a glazed pent roof in front on cast iron brackets with pierced spandrels. The porch bay has a C19 ornamental cast iron vernadah. Late C19 or C20 2-leaf half- glazed front door with an overlight, flanked by transomed windows. French windows to the ground floor with reeded architraves and cornices on brackets, glazed with transomed lights. The first floor windows have moulded architraves, pediments on console brackets and are glazed with sashes. The attic windows in the Mansard roof are round-headed with keyblocks, moulded architraves and shaped brackets to the left and right. They are glazed with probably 1860s 2-pane sashes. The north elevation of the east wing is asymmetrical with 2 windows, the right end bay bowed in the north, the left hand block 3 bays and broken forward in the centre. The wing has rusticated quoins, a parapet above a moulded cornice and a projecting east end stack with a rusticated shaft, mouldings and moulded coping. Doorway to the left (west); large Venetian window alongside to the right and a 2.light window to the bow with composite columns dividing the lights. The garden (west) elevation has 7:7 bays in all, 7 to the service block to the left (north). The main block continues the style of the east elevation with similar windows. The 3 centre bays are canted out and the 3 left-hand ground floor windows are in a single storey canted rusticated bay. The south return of the main block has an Edwardian bay window and circa 1930s conservatory. The service block to the left also has rusticated detail but plainer architraves to the windows, which are mostly 4-pane sashes.

Interior: Some of the principal rooms retain C19 features which look rather early for the 1860s, including doorcases, panelled shutters, panelling with reeded friezes and decorated plasterwork to the ceilings. The main stair, in a C17 manner, has a heavy balustrade and moulded newel post. The principal room in the east wing has a decorated plaster ceiling and deep cornice.

A substantial Victorian house in a style more usually associated with hotel architecture.

Listing NGR: TQ5714349214


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Legacy System number: 179548

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