Archaeological Standing Building Recording, Snodland, Kent

Border Archaeology undertook programme of Archaeological Standing Building Recording to (Historic England Level 3) of the former Stable Block at the South East Water Head Offices, Snodland, Kent, to discharge a planning condition with regards to a planning application for the demolition of the building, which was recently used as offices and storerooms.

In Brief

Client: South East Water Sector: Construction Location: Snodland, Kent

Key Points

  • Archaeological Standing Building Recording to (Historic England Level 3)


A detailed drawn, photographic and written record of the building was undertaken, supported by documentary research.  The Stable Block was located to the rear of the former Ivymeath House (now occupied by South East Water Offices) which was originally built in the late 1870s for Colonel Trevenen Holland, a retired Indian Army officer who was appointed as the manager of the nearby Snodland Paper Mill. 

The Stable Block was built at the same time as the adjoining mansion in the late 1870s and originally comprised a Coachman’s House, Carriage House and stabling (including stalls and a loose box). An extension was added to the rear of the main block in the late 19th century and further additions and alterations took place during the early to mid-20th century.

Ivymeath remained as private residence until the Second World War and was subsequently acquired by Mid-Kent Water in 1950 as their headquarters. Extensive alterations were made both to the house and the Stable Block during the mid-late 20th century, with the latter being converted to offices, archives and storerooms, which resulted in alterations both to the exterior and the interior of the building although the exterior of the main twin-gabled range, with its Kentish ragstone facings and bargeboarded gables, remained intact.


The report was approved and the planning condition discharged, allowing development to proceed.