Historic townhouse now at risk
A former judges’ lodgings in Maidstone is among 18 historic buildings in the south-east newly identified as at risk of being lost.
The Stone House on Lower Stone Street, is a 15th or 16th century townhouse that was used to accommodate High Court judges.
The property, which became a hotel and, more infamously, a brothel, now has major problems with damp, as well as structural issues, according to Historic England.
The public body, which works to protect the environment by preserving and listing historic buildings, has added it to its Her- itage at Risk programme, which lists sites in danger of being lost as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development.
However, Historic England understands the owners and council chiefs are discussing a proposed new use, though specific details have not yet emerged.