Fantastic Fireplace

The fantastic fireplace in the Great Hall at Godinton House has a surround made of Bethersden marble, which is a limestone quarried from the Weald Clay around the village of Bethersden, situated approximately 4 miles from Godinton. The stone is made up of the shells of freshwater snails and winkles, which leave a clear outline within the stone. It is referred to as marble as it polishes well, but it is not a true marble in geological terms as it has not been subject to metamorphism. This 17th-century fireplace was installed by Nicholas Roundell Toke, who succeeded to the estate on his father’s death in 1819.

Great Hall fantastic fireplace
Fireplace showing Bethersden marble