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The City of Brighton and Hove (Unitary Authority)
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TQ 31306 04440



TQ3104SW MARLBOROUGH PLACE 577-1/40/495 (West side) 19/03/97 Nos.14, 15 AND 16 The King and Queen Hotel


Public house. Dated 1931 on rainwater head to upper dormers. By Clayton and Black. Red brick in English bond to the main part of the building, with dressings of stone to ground floor and applied half-timber and plaster to the upper floors, weatherboarding to dormers, roof of tiles. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys with attics plus a lower wing to the north, of 2 storeys with attics. Built in the Neo-Tudor style and composed of the most popular and picturesque features of C16 domestic architecture. Tudor-arched entrance to centre of main part, with a massive timber lintel; one flat-arched entrance to right with hoodmould and panelled door with grille, one further flat-arched entrance under the right-hand gable with a Tudor- arched moulding and panelled double doors with grilles; immediately to the left of the right-hand gable is a stone-faced staircase bay with a pair of Tudor-arched windows with one transom under a single hoodmould. The rest of the front of the main block is so complex that it is best described by a summary of the main parts: a broad central bay, 2 outer bays, and one bay in between. To the left is a 3-storey gabled bay, the first 2 storeys canted and having elaborate carving over the mullioned and transomed windows and to the angles of the bay; the second floor is jettied out with pendants and Henry VIII and one of his queens modelled in coloured plaster either side of a flat-arched window; decorative barge boards to gable. The central bay has 2 more figures of Henry VIII and a queen bracketed out at first floor level in front of a 4-light window; above that a slightly projecting 3-light window with grotesques to the corbels and a run of 4 'toplights' to either side; bressumer decorated with leaf-carving and elaborately carved bargeboards. The right-hand bay is of plaster from the first floor upwards with flat-arched windows to first and second floor linked by a decorative balustrade; the particular feature of this bay is that the face of the gable is divided into lozenge patterns filled with emblems in coloured plaster; decorative barge boards; set back behind the gable is an embattled tower with heads of sheep projecting on either side, and a further half-timbered gable above and behind that. Lead gutters on wrought iron brackets decorated with modelled emblems. The roof between the principal bays has gabled [?] dormers at second-floor level on the right, with paired gabled dormers above with weatherboarding, and a single gabled dormer to the left. Stone stack with brick shafts next to tower. The lower wing to the north has a broad carriage entrance with curved braces, pedestrian entrances to either side, and a shop front in the northernmost bay; bays on the ground floor created by circular brick columns with stone abaci carrying timber beams; the first floor is faced with half-timber infilled with brick and has 4 flat-arched windows; the carriage entrance has a mock portcullis and the side entrances have open-framed doors with fearsome wrought-iron embellishments; lead guttering on wrought-iron brackets with modelled emblems; 2 gabled dormers in the lower wing and one stone side stack with brick shafts. The beams in the archways leading from the street to a courtyard are decorated with oversized bands of grapes modelled in plaster. To the courtyard this wing presents a balustraded and gabled range of brick and half-timber, flanked by half-timbered chamfered bays, which are of 2 storeys to the left and first-floor-only to the right, both elaborately carved at the angles and surmounted by carved figures of knights, monks et al. The west side of the courtyard has a timber-framed verandah with pantiled roof, and the north side a 2-storey open galleried range of timber and brick with tiled roof, conical at the corner. INTERIOR: public bar. This was originally divided into 3 spaces, and alterations were made in 1967; but important features remain: original bar front of plank construction with wrought-iron foot rail, and late C20 superstructure; east gallery to north end, with elaborately carved bressumer and open splats to balustrade, the upper part now glazed; timber-framing to first floor at south end with bracketed canted oriel with elaborate carving at angles; original fireplaces at either end; 4-sided settle with carved uprights and bands at south end; 2 settles with linenfold panelling to sides at north end; quasi-heraldic glass to windows in west and south walls, some replacement; central curved stair to first floor inserted, probably in 1967; panelled billiard room at south-west corner with flat-arched fireplace with Dutch tiles under a carved mantelshelf, and some window-panes decorated with designs in yellow stain. Staircase to gallery and function room with ornate square newels, open splats to balustrade and carved string; stained-glass panels to staircase window depicting a Spenserian knight and a damsel with a hawk in a more pictorial style than the rest. Gallery, now restaurant. Tudor-arched fireplace with painted shields over; some window-panes decorated with emblems in yellow stain, and quasi-heraldic and emblematic designs to toplights. Function Room. Flat-arched hearth with bracketed mantelshelf, the brackets in the form of carved heads and the shelf carved with interlaced foliage and beasts; painted emblems on chimney breast; barrel-vaulted ceiling apart from one bay to south; panelled doors with grilles to south. (Carder T: The Encyclopaedia of Brighton: Lewes: 1990-).

Listing NGR: TQ3130604440


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Carder, T, Encyclopaedia of Brighton, (1990)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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