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1620 Grade II Listed
The Old School House
The Square
C = Church of St. Mary the Virgin


Demography
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YearNameAddressRelationConditionGenderAgeOccupationPlace of birth 
1948Douglas J LeckieThe SquareSon M  Elham
1947Leslie James LeckieThe SquareHeadMarriedM38Headmaster of Elham School 
1947Joan Quoran LeckieThe SquareWifeMarriedF32  
1947Jean E LeckieThe SquareDaughter F1 Folkestone District
1939Laura Rose BottenThe Old School House WidowF81Unpaid Domestic Duties 
1939Blanche V WhiteThe Old School House SingleF42Gardener 
1939Kate C WhiteThe Old School House SingleF33Daily Domestic 
1939Dennis A R HowardThe Old School House SingleM16Shop Assistant Grocery 
1911Emma Frances BushThe SquareWifeMarriedF65 Kent Canterbury
1911Edward BushThe SquareHeadMarriedM63Certified SchoolmasterKent Dover
1901Emma Frances BushThe SquareWifeMarriedF55 Canterbury
1901Edward BushThe SquareHeadMarriedM53Certificated SchoolmasterDover
1901Evelina BushThe SquareDaughterSingleF21Book KeeperElham
History
     
 1620

  This house was built in 1620 - possibly with an earlier core - partially rebuilt around 1700 following damage.  Has mid-to-late C18 facade. Front elevation red brick in Flemish bond.  Right gable end older brick in Flemish type bond.  Plain tile roof. 2 storeys. High painted moulded brick plinth - returned along right gable end.  Plat band to right gable end only.  Plain brick eaves band.  Roof continuous with The Old Bakery left - hipped to right.  Multiple brick ridge stack towards left end.  Irregular fenestration of three twenty-pane sashes in open boxes - with splayed rubbed brick voussoirs; one left of stack - and two broadly-spaced to right - all set well below eaves.  Similar windows to ground floor.  Door of six sunk panels under stack.  Doric porch with moulded triangular pediment and slate roof.  Two-storey tile-hung rear-wing to left - with lower ridge than main range - plan tile roof hipped to rear - and stack to long left side.  Rear lean-to to right - brickwork integral with that of gable end.

  When the school moved away, the house was sold, and in recent years it has been admirably restored, and inside it one can still see the large school room with its timbered walls and wide fireplace. Behind the fireplace is a smaller room which was once the Master's sitting room.The roof is of oak, and is original and in excellent condition. One extraordinary feature is that the wall-plates which support the base of the rafters both at the front and at the back of the house are in one piece, each over fifty feet long, and may be more, as they project into the adjoining house. The Georgian style porch has been added in modern times.

  1725 date stone to right gable end is wrong as Sir John Williams' will, made April 1723, says "my house which I bought and rebuilt".  The house was left to the parish in the will - to provide for the education of six local poor boys with land to provide income.

C.P.R.K. Elham - A Village Study 1968
 1907 Edward Bush Derek Boughton
c1929 Old School House Bakery Square Derek Boughton
 1966 Listed by English Heritage
 2006 Old School House The Square Bryan Badham
 2010 Old School House The Square Bryan Badham
Ownership
 YearAddressHouse Name£ PricePurposeNotesOwner 
 1966The SquareElven House   
 2004The SquareThe Old School House505000  
 2006The SquareThe Old School HouseHidden