Rockvale

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Rockvale, St Lawrence


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Property name

Rockvale

Location

Rue de Haut, St Lawrence

Type of property

19th century rural house

Valuations

Sold for £2.1 million in 2012

Families associated with the property

  • Taverner: In 1941 Madeline Taverner, née Hassell (1908- ) was living here
  • Walker: Tea merchant Joseph John Walker's 1909 will gives his address as Rockvale, St Lawrence. The 1901 census shows him living with his family at Rockmount, apparently next door to Rockvale Farm. He was the founder of the Overseas Trading Sunworks business at First Tower, having taken over the company on the death of its founder, Thomas Cook, in 1890

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building

A well-proportioned 1860s house retaining many high quality original features and character, with unusual Victorian garden gazebo.

Principal house, three-bay, two-storey with attic, with rear wings.

In garden to west is a two-storey octagonal gazebo, with rough cast walls, church tile roof, and seaward facing timber balcony.

The main house retains some quality interior historic fittings. Joinery features of interest are the staircase, with richly carved square newel post with floral panels and fluting, and fluted turned balusters; 4-panel doors; deep room skirtings; moulded dado rails in the hall; panelling and pilasters on the canted bay windows.

Also of particular note is the ornamental plasterwork of the hall ceiling - including rope moulding, rosettes, acanthus rose and an unusual pair of merboys holding oyster shells which 'support' the hall arch.

Notes and references

A 19th century photograph of the house and its grounds by Ernest Baudoux
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