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Tonbridge and Malling (District Authority)
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TQ 64 NW 6/98



Former farmhouse. Early C16, much altered and rebuilt in late C16/early C17, some late C19 alterations, modernised circa 1950. Exposed timber-framing on red brick footings, framing is nogged with brick at ground floor level; brick stacks, the main stack chimneyshaft includes some late C16/early C17 brick; peg-tile roof.

Plan: House is set back from the lane and is end onto it to the south west. It has a 4-room plan. The rear room section is lower than the rest and was a former stable brought into domestic use in the C20. The front room section is probably a late C19 extension. It houses the present kitchen, has a narrow projecting lateral stack on the left (north west) side and contains the C20 main staircase. The room behind was an unheated service room. Behind it is the large parlour/living room with an axial stack backing onto the former stable.

Thus, is appears, the late C16/early C17 house had a 2-room plan. The former stable section however is early C16 and was probably the hall of a late medieval house. It seems to have been down-graded to agricultural use when the late C16/early C17 house was built. Original direct entry into the parlour/living room in the north west side but now main entrance towards front of right (south east) side. The front room section appears to be late C19 but, if so, was built in the same style as the late C16/early C17 section.

House is 2 storeys with attics in the roofspace of the late C16/early C17 section. Single storey C20 utility room extension on right side.

Exterior: The front gable end has a late C19 canted bay window. The 2 ground floor windows like the others around the house are C20 casements with a leaded rectangular-pane effect. The framing has curving tension braces at first floor level and the gable has late C19 bargeboards cut through with 2 rows of cusped trefoils. C20 porch projects to right with double sliding glass doors and.alongside a small window set with c19 leaded glass. The left side (to the north west) has an irregular 1:4-window front. At the left end the lower 2- bay section of the former stable/late medieval hall. At the right end the single bay of the late C19 extension in the same style as the late C16/early C17 section. It is 3 uneven bays; narrow left bay is the width of the main stack, the wide bay for the parlour/living room and shorter right bay to the former service room. All these bays, and the C19 one, have single tension braces at first floor level on the left side of the wall posts. The main roof is gable-ended. The lower stable roof is hipped.

Interior: The structure of the late C16/early C17 section is well-preserved. The service room and chamber above have plain chamfered axial beams with joists of large scantling. The parlour living room has chamfered and scroll- stopped axial beams, and the joists are chamfered with stepstops. Chamber above has a 4-panel intersecting beam ceiling. Large brick fireplace with chamfered oak lintel includes various small niches and, an oven doorway through the right cheek. The oven housing has been removed to enable access through to the end room. Roof over this section carried on collared tie-beam trusses with clasped side purlins and queen struts. Original common rafters. The truss in front of the stack has massive wall posts and the rail at first floor level suggests that it was a closed truss before the fireplace was built. This may be part of the late medieval house but the stable section/the former hall was lower and narrower. The roof is rebuilt above tie-beam level. The cambered tie-beam is arch-braced making a 4-centred arch with chamfered edges.

Listing NGR: TQ6338948377


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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