Aymers, Lynsted Street

Aymers is a country house built in the 1860's of red brick with stone detailing which includes stone mullioned windows. this Victorian house is approached through gates, past a lodge house, and along a curving drive. Whilst still rather screened from view with planting, its clustered red brick chimneys can be seen above the enclosing trees.

David Bage tells us: Most of the land around the house no longer belongs to the house which is left with less than an acre. The land associated with the house used to extend as far as, and include, Toll Wood.

The Village Fete has been held in the grounds of Aymers - including the 1953 Royal Pageant Celebration Fete

The Vallance: a series of detached houses set along a winding cul-de-sac is a modern development on the edge of Aymers.

Historically, this is the family home of the Vallance Family in the village. Aymer Vallance is a well known member of that family who was a widely published and nationally recognised local historian.

Kent Historic Environment Record

HER Number: TQ 96 SW 1171


Grade II listed building. Main construction periods 1867 to 1869
Grid Reference: TQ 9445 6058
Listed Building (II) 1268471: AYMERS (INCLUDING THE STABLES)

Full description

2/10001 - Aymers (including The Stables)

House and attached stable courtyard. Built for Captain Thomas Vallance between 1867 and 1869 and subsequently the home of Aymer Vallance (1862-1943). Asymmetrical house of red brick in a mixture of Flemish and English bond with stone dressings, tiled roof and clustered brick chimneystacks. Entrance front has main house of 2 storeys and attics; 5 windows. Irregular two or three light stone mullioned windows. Projecting full-height entrance bay has gabled attic window with double trefoliated window with blank quatrefoil and brick relieving arch. Arched doorcase with blank quatrefoils above. Two other gabled dormers and right side tall arched stone windows with double trefoil mullioned and transomed window through two floors. Parapet with stone coping and plinth. Service wing of one to two storeys with three gables and wooden casements. Attached to north is contemporary 4 bay conservatory with brick and stone plinth and wood and glass superstructure. Wooden cresting and finials. Garden front of main house is of two storeys and attics; four windows. To right is projecting gable with 2 storey 5-light bay. To left is tall triple lancet staircase window. Other windows are mullioned and transomed casements. Service wing of 2 storeys has two gables and two mullioned and transomed stone casements. Attached to south is a 2 storey building with bands of plain and curved tiles to first floor and ladder access leading to former coach house and stables. Coach house retains double doors on ground floors and has three gabled dormers on first floor with sash windows, formerly staff accommodation. Former stables of one storey with pivoting cambered 16-pane sashes and 2 storey projecting central gable with loading door, wooden hoist and cambered arch. Stables retain wooden stall partitions and iron hayrack. Entrance Hall has fine oak well staircase with trefoil heads to balustrading and chamfered corner posts with ball finials. Stained glass heraldic window. Oak fireplace with Minton tiles depicting mounted knights, king with bird of prey and king offering ring. Sitting Room has marble fireplace with two engaged columns to each side and an adjoining room has a similar fireplace in Sienna marble. Panelled Dining Room has stone fireplace and crenellated overmantel with three arches and ceiling with square and octagonal panels. Former service room has stone fireplace with attached marble colonnettes and Minton tiles rescued from the demolished chapel. Service staircase with stick balusters and chamfered newel post with ball finials. Eight panelled doors throughout and some stone fireplaces with cast iron firegrates to upper floors. Aymer Valiance was an important national figure in conservation, being a close associate of William Morris, the restorer of Stoneacre at Otham and editor of Archaeologia Cantiana.
Listing NGR: TQ9445960581

Sources and further reading

--- Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest

Census Records for Aymers

Thomas William Vallance, born 16th April 1829, Sittingbourne. Son of Thomas Tonge & Sarah Vallance.

Married Catherine Richardson __________


  1. James Harcourt Aymer - chr. 27 May 1863, Doddington, Kent
  2. Henry Osborne Aymer - chr. 21st September 1864, St. Mary the Virgin, Dover
    Married Annie Roper Finlay (b. 1878, dau. of Washington Finlay) on19th October 1897 in Linstead.
  3. Kate Julie - chr. 20th June 1866, St. Mary the Virgin, Dover
    Married Thomas Robert Maddison (b1857), 9th October 1890, Linstead, Kent
  4. Mary Florence Violet - chr. 15th April 1872, Linstead, Kent.
    Married Thomas Masters Usborne (31 yrs old, son of Thomas Usborne), on 19th January 1898 in Linstead
1926     Male Female     Occupation Born
AYMERS LODGE                
White William              
Clapson Frederick              
AYMERS LODGE                
White William Head 59 Married     Gardener, Domestic Little Marlow, Buckingham-shire
White Sarah Ann Wife   58 Married 8, living   Wooburn, Buckingham-shire
White Ethel Mary Daughter   23 Single   Elementary Teacher, Kent County Council Lynsted, Kent
White     22   Single   Elementary Teacher, Kent County Council Lynsted, Kent
Vallance Catherine Richardson Head   68 Widow 6 children Private Means Spondon, Derbyshire
Osborne Catherine M Dilano Friend   71 Single   Private Means Hadley, Middlesex
Dartnell James Butler 62   Widower   Butler, Servant Maidstone, Kent
Rutter Rosealine Ruth Cook   22 Single   Servant Bellbroughton, Worcester-shire
Hill Alice House maid   41 Single   Housemaid Devonport, Devon
Whitehead Alice Mary Kitchen maid   20 Single   Kitchenmaid, Servant Conyer, Kent
Thomas Alice Under housemaid   19 Single   Under housemaid, Servant Rodmersham, Kent
Rose Ellen Gertrude Kennel-maid   34 Single   Housmaid, Servant New Brompton
AYMERS (Rooms over Stables)                
Moore G Head 74     3 children Coachman, Domestic Graveney, Kent
Moore Emma Wife   65       Bapchild, Kent
Hollingsbee Frank Boarder 25       Groom, Domestic Sellen, Kent
AYMERS LODGE                
White William Head 48   Married   Gardener, Domestic Marlow, Buckingham-shire
White Sarah Ann Wife   47        
White Herbert J Son 15       Apprentice Carpenter Lynsted, Kent
White Ethel M Daughter   13       Lynsted, Kent
White George A Son 12         Lynsted, Kent
White Ernest H Son 9         Lynsted, Kent
AYMERS (Stables)                
Moore George Head 62       Coachman, Domestic Graveney, Kent
Lee Frank Boarder 22       Groom Cranleigh, Surrey
Vallance Thomas Head 72       Army. Own Means. Magistrate Sittingbourne, Kent
Vallance Catherine Wife   57       Spondon, Derby
Usborne Audrey Grand-daughter   10 month       Lynsted, Kent
D-Osborne Catherine Cousins   60       Hadley, Middlesex
Pettitt Arthur Servant 26       Butler, Domestic Iden, Sussex
Phillips Mary Servant   50     Nurse, Domestic Pembroke, Kent
Hills Alice Servant   31     Housemaid, Domestic Devonport, Devon
Saddleton Jane Servant   22     Housemaid, Domestic Milton, Sittingbourne, Kent
Vigar Ellen Servant   33     Cook, Domestic Redhill, Surrey
Nix Florence Servant   20     Kitchen maids, Domestic Greenstreet, Kent
AYMERS LODGE                
White William Head 38   Married   Gardener, Domestic Little Marlow, Buckingham-shire
White Sarah Ann Wife   37       Woburn, Buckingham-shire
White William J Son   9     Scholar Lynsted, Kent
White Herbert J Son 5       Scholar Lynsted, Kent
White Ethel M Daughter   3       Lynsted, Kent
White George A Son 2         Lynsted, Kent
White Percy Son 8   Scholar     Lynsted, Kent
Vallance Thomas W Head 62       J.P., Farmer, Retired Captain, 5th Lancers Sittingbourne, Kent
Vallance Catherine Richardson Wife   48       Spondon, Derby
Maddison Kate J Daughter   24       Dover, Kent
Vallance Mary F D Daughter   19       Lynsted, Kent
D-Osborne Catherine Visitor   51       Hadley, Middlesex
Wratten Eliza Servant   58     Cook, Domestic Servant Detling, Kent
Bailey Ann Servant   22     Kitchen Maid Servant Chatham, Kent
'Nethley' Sarah Servant   20     House Maid Tillington, Sussex
Marsh Elizabeth Servant   19     House Maid Shorne, Kent
AYMERS Coach House                
Moore George Head 52       Coachman, Servant Graveney, Kent
Moore Emma Wife   45       Bapchild, Kent
Moore Florence Daughter   17       Lynsted, Kent
Moore Arthur Son 14       Gardener, Domestic Servant Lynsted, Kent
Oates William Boarder 15       Groom, Domestic Servant Lynsted, Kent
AYMERS LODGE                
White William Head 28       Gardener, Jobbing Little Marlow, Buckingham-shire
White Sarah Wife   27       Woburn, Buckingham-shire
Spicer George Lodger 31       Gardener, Jobbing Canterbury, Kent
Vallance Thomas Head 48       Banker & Farmer (50 Acres)(3 men, 2 boys) Sittingbourne, Kent
Vallance Catherine Wife   30       Derby
Vallance William Son 19       Scholar Kinsington
Vallance Kate Daughter   14     Scholar Dover, Kent
Vallance Mary Daughter   9     Scholar Lynsted, Kent
Vallance Wilfred Son 4       Scholar Lynsted, Kent
Cock Stephen Servant 38       Butler, Domestic Servant Lydden, Kent
Mannell Mary Servant   40     Cook, Domestic Servant Church Knowlton, Dorset
James Sarah Servant   31     Housemaid Patching, Sussex
Capinan Mary Servant   22     Under housemaid Huish, Somerset
Hughes Kate Servant   18     Kitchen maid, Domestic Maidstone, Kent
Blower Clara Servant   23     Nurse Lapperton, Cirencester
AYMERS LODGE                
Stone Thomas H Head 31       Butler, Domestic Servant Richmond, Surrey
Stone Elizabeth Wife   30     Dressmaker Hereford
Vallance Thomas William Head 37       Banker, Landowner, Retired Captain Cavalry Farringdon, Berks
Vallance Catherine R Wife   28       Derby
Vallance Henry A A Son 6         Dover, Kent
Vallance Kate J Daughter   5       Dover, Kent
D-Osborne Catherine M Visitor   31       Finchley, Middlesex
Hougham Jane Servant   39     Cook Domestic Broadstairs, Kent
Crayden Eliza Servant   22     Housemaid, Domestic Rodmersham, Kent
Brenchley Eliza Servant   19     Nurse, Domestic Sittingbourne, Kent
Roberts Maria Servant   16     Kitchen maid, Domestic Not Known
Vaubis Josephine Servant   22     Children's Maid, Domestic Brussels, Belgium
AYMERS (Stables)                
Moore George   32       Coachman, Domestic Servant Graveney, Kent
Moore Emma     25       Bapchild, Kent
Moore Henry G   5       Scholar Teynham, Kent
Vallance Thomas William Visitor,
Hotel in 53-55 Jermyn St.
28       Captain in 5th Lancers Sittingbourne, Kent

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