Ceschi Paramour Grange
Lindsay Sharp, Property Specialist, reflects on a recent transaction, very special Property and the significance of a Building being categorised as Listed.
Lindsay says ‘ I have been most fortunate to have been involved in the purchase of this property, almost a decade ago, to see the owners restore and emphasize its history and beauty and now to transfer it to new owners who no doubt will enjoy and further cherish this unique buildings and spectacular gardens. Most of all it has been a pleasure to have had such wonderful loyal clients who have allowed me to share their passion for this Property and I wish them all the very best for the future with their new ventures’.
Paramour Grange, Ash, Kent
Paramour Grange may appear to be like any other country house, but behind the front door is an incredible array of history.
Paramour Grange and Paramour Street were named after a prominent Kentish family, the Paramours. The earliest recorded member of the Paramour family at Ash was a John Paramour, who was buried in the local churchyard in 1497. The most illustrious member of the family, Paramour, Mayor of Canterbury from around 1607 to 1619, is thought to have been responsible for the exquisite painted room at Paramour Grange.
Large sections of the house were built during the late sixteenth century, when Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne but it is likely that sections of the house actually date back much earlier, to around 1400s when it started life as a Hall house. Brimming with so much history and rare examples of a Jacobean painted room, original Tudor staircase and inglenook fireplaces, it is no surprise that Paramour Grange was designated Grade II* listed in October 1952.
TV Feature - Britain’s Secret Homes
Paramour grange was featured in ITVs series Britain’s Secret Homes. To see the spectacular artwork originating from 1603 commission by Thomas Paramour, Lord Mayor of Canterbury at this time and views of the Grounds and Gardens the relevant sections of the episode can be viewed here:
Listing a property marks and celebrates a building's special architectural and historic importance and being subject to special planning and development considerations it is intended that it will be protected for future generations. Restrictions are there to protect the historic significance of the building. Any change which affects the listed fabric of the building is illegal unless approved by your Local Authority.
There are three categories of Listing:
Grade I. These are buildings of exceptional national importance and 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I
Grade II* These are particularly important buildings of more than special interest and have some national significance. 5.8% of listed buildings are Grade II*
Grade II. These are buildings are of special interest; 91.7% of all listed buildings are in this class and it is the most likely grade of listing for a home owner.
Whilst you may frequently hear people say 'only the outside is Listed' or 'It's only the staircase that's Listed', if a property is listed then the entire building, and anything attached to it is listed. This includes objects or structures fixed to the Building or any object or structure within the curtilage of the building that forms part of the land and has done so since before 1 July 1948.. Some structures like garden walls will be 'Curtilage Listed' - they don't form part of the building, but they are an integral part of the significance of the Listed Asset.
How can I find out if a Building is Listed
To find out if a Building is listed you can search The National Heritage List for England, which is the only official, up to date, register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/
Listed building consent
Listed Buildings may require consent to demolish, alter or extend the building. This is a separate consent from planning permission. It may be required in addition to planning permission or by itself for works, such as internal alterations, that do not constitute development and therefore do not require planning permission.
Listed building consent is required for either of the following:
The total demolition of a listed building.
Alterations or extensions that would affect the listed building's character as a building of special architectural or historic interest.
Listed building consent is not required for routine repairs and maintenance, so long as they are in like for like and use materials sympathetic with the building. For example if, you are to re-point for any reason, you cannot use cement - mortar must be closely matched to the mortar used in the original build.
However, this is a matter of individual judgement and as a result there is scope for differences of opinion between the local planning authority (LPA) and listed building owner. It is therefore always recommended that you seek advice from the Local Authority before carrying out works.
To find out if a Building is listed you can search The National Heritage List for England (NHLE, which is the only official, up to date, register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England
If you are considering purchasing or have a Listed Property and have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Property teams based in Canterbury, Maidstone, Tenterden or London Canary Wharf