His­toric town­house now at risk

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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.

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