Wingham Court

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameWingham Court
Alternative Names
Historic CountryKent
Modern AuthorityKent
1974 AuthorityKent
Civil ParishWingham

House. C15, extended 1574, and reclad early C18 and early C19. Timber framed and clad with red brick and rendered to entrance elevation. Plain tiled roof. Two storeys on plinth with boxed eaves to roof with hip to left end, and shaped gable to right, with iron wall ties initialled W:C; projecting stack at end right, and cluster to centre left. Four glazing-bar sashes on first, and 2 tripartite and one single glazing-bar sashes on ground floor. Door of 8 panels to centre left in panelled surround with pediment on engaged Doric columns. Projectiong rear wings to main range also with shaped gables. Extended to left by framed building with painted brick infill, one storey and attic with 3 hipped dormers and stack to rear right. One canted bay with glazing-bar sashes, and one bay to right with large tripartite glazing bar sash. Door of 6 raised and fielded panels, the top 2 glazed, with flat hood on brackets. Wall to right C18, of red brick, swept down twice to about 5 feet and buttressed, and returned to east and south along road front for about 50 yards, terminated by pier with ball finial. Interior: main range originally four framed bays with central left cross-passage. Crown-post roof. Well within south wing. Attached single-storey range with stack dated 1574. Panelled interiors. The house was the manor house of the Archbishop's manor of Wingham, and here they and the great of the time were frequent residents. (Listed Building Report)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceTR241574
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  • Kent County Council, December 2004, Kent Historic Towns Survey (Kent County Council and English Heritage) view online copy
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