THE TOWER HOUSE, INCLUDING ATTACHED WALLS AND SERVICE WING

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1253150

Date first listed: 03-May-1993

Statutory Address: THE TOWER HOUSE, INCLUDING ATTACHED WALLS AND SERVICE WING

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: THE TOWER HOUSE, INCLUDING ATTACHED WALLS AND SERVICE WING

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Kent

District: Maidstone (District Authority)

Parish: Leeds

National Grid Reference: TQ 81787 52943

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Details

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LEEDS TQ 85 SW - 3/10000 The Tower House, including attached walls and service wing - II Large detached house. Dated 1886 and 1887. Thought to have been built by John Norton. Gothic style. Red brick in stretcher bond with stone dressings and terracotta details. Tiled roofs with bands of plain and fishscale tiles and clustered moulded brick chimneystacks. Asymmetrical plan with tall tower to rear from which the house takes its name. South or garden elevation is symmetrical of two storeys three windows. Central projecting bay with gable with stone kneelers has 4-light cinquefoil oriel to first floor and 2-centred arched doorcase with sidelights containing stained glass. On either side are projecting gables with 2-light mullioned and transomed windows and 6-light square bay to ground floor with trefoil-headed mullioned and transomed windows. Carved stone balconettes above and band of terracotta panels. West elevation is of two storeys and attics three windows. Large projecting gable to south with double sash to second floor, 3-light oriel to first floor and French window with coloured glazing to ground floor. Wood and brick conservatory, recently restored, retains all the original cast- iron fittings for window adjustment and plant storage. To the north is a projecting chimneystack with four moulded brick chimneystacks flanked by double sashes. East side, also of two storeys and attics three windows, has projecting gable with double sash to attic and two storey six-light square bay below with arched heads (ogee to ground floor) and quatrefoil panel between of terracotta quatrefoils. To the north are 2 double sashes with clustered moulded brick chimneystacks in angle and terracotta cockerel on roof. Terracotta band of leaves and Tudor roses between floors. To left is a 6-panelled door with penticed tiled weather-hood on brackets above. Three steps. One storey service wing with triple sash to left, hipped roof over and attached iron water pump. North elevation has gabled returns and central 5 storey square tower with fretted balcony and octagonal finials at comers. Five pivoting windows to 4th floor, one tripartite mullioned and transomed window to 3rd floor, 2 sashes to 2nd floor, paired mullioned and transomed window to 1st floor and paired sashes to ground floor. Attached brick walls to service yard enclose one storey outbuilding with tiled roof. Attached to south east is a brick wall on stone base with date plaque 1886 and 2 colonnettes with stone moulding and ball caps. Interior features include stained glass panels enamelled with flowers and birds, cast iron grates throughout by Thomas Jekyll for the firm of Bishop and Barnard in Norwich, one depicting exotic birds and a patent ventilation system with zinc plate architectural hoppers in major rooms with adjustable vents linked to an outside air display. Original oak staircase and tiled floor to hall. Drawing Room has fireplace with fluted frieze. Dining Room has dado-panelling. Billiard Room has pink marble pilastered fire surround.

Listing NGR: TQ8178452941

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 436291

Legacy System: LBS

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