Yesterday evening a Peugeot 206 hit listed Foxgrove House in the Eyhorne Street Conservation Area. Fortunately nobody was hurt but Kent Police have been advised of the accident. The incident occurred just hours after a four week redecoration project on the outside of the house had been completed.
The car appears to have come down Eyhorne Street where it mounted the pavement before crossing a private forecourt and hitting the ragstone base of the period property. A parked car on the forecourt was narrowly missed. The owner of the house is awaiting advice from the insurers involved with regard to the repairs to the ragstone base and a cellar door which appear to have moved following the impact which disturbed local residents.
Foxgrove House was formerly Oxley’s village shop and the car hit the house below what was once the haberdashery department which local lore suggests was called the Bonnet Room. Other properties in Eyhorne Street were once associated with the shop including Oxley’s cottage which was a warehouse and The Old China Shop where china and ironmongery were sold. The horse and cart for local deliveries around Hollingbourne were kept in the adjoining Stable Cottage.
Pictured below is the damage to Foxgrove House.