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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1071304



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

County: Kent

District: Ashford

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Chilham

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 13-Oct-1952

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 181415

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TR 0653-0753 CHILHAM

7/43 Chilham Castle 13.10.52 GV I

House. 1616 for Sir Dudley Digges, addtions and alterations by David Brandon 1861 - 3, and Sir Herbert Baker, 1922. Red brick and ashlar dressings and plain tile roof. Built as an hexagon open to the south, with C19 and C20 service wing extending to the west. Entrance front: 2 storeys and basement, with string courses to first and second floors and battlements, 3 groups of tall chimneys; 3 storey corner turrets with ogee cupolas, and central 3 storey gabled porch. Regular fenestration of 4 mullioned cross-windows, with single lights in the turrets, and curving oriel (1922) in porch. Oak board doorway in ashlared surround with flanking pilasters and frieze over inscribed "The Lord is my House of Defence and my Castle. Dudley Digges, A.D. 1616, Mary Kempe." The garden and other fronts are of similar design. Interior: restored panelled hall entered in centre of one long side, an unusual overmantel. Much linenfold and C18 panelling elsewhere. Staircase original, of 3 flights, with arcades at main levels; flights running up open wells, with Tuscan columns below and Ionic above, with turned balusters. Some important Bethersden marble chimney pieces in situ. The Banqueting Hall in the wing by Baker was originally a swimming pool, a copy of Caligula's baths at Carrara. (See B.O.E. Kent. II, 27405, and C.L. Vol. 55, 1939).

Listing NGR: TR0669553487

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Newman, J, The Buildings of England: North East and East Kent, (1969)
'Country Life' in Country Life, , Vol. 55, (1939)
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 24 Kent,

National Grid Reference: TR 06687 53479


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