Twyssenden Manor and wall projecting


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Twyssenden Manor, Twyssenden


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Statutory Address:
Twyssenden Manor, Twyssenden

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Tunbridge Wells (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 71360 35207


TQ 73 NS 5/275 GOUDHURST TWYSSENDEN Twyssenden Manor and wall projecting


GV II* House. C15, altered and extended C16 to C17, and restored mid C19. Timber framed with exposed restored frame with plaster infill, return and rear elevations tile hung on first floor with red brick in English Bond and sandstone on ground floor, and with central stone tower. Plain tiled roofs.

Hall house origin, with L-shaped additional wings. Entrance elevation to old hall range: four framed bay, probable Wealden hall house plan, now two storeys on sandstone plinth, with hipped roof and stacks to end left, to centre right, to end right and to rear wings. Three three-light mullioned and transomed windows on each floor, those to left with sidelights, with two light to centre right, and plank and stud door to centre right in four centred arched doorway. Basement opening to right. Projecting wall at right about three feet high of sandstone with red brick repairs, and returned to left to front garden. The additional hipped and gabled wings to rear form a small open paned courtyard, which formed the early C17 main entrance, with a central stone tower, lowered and given a hipped tiled roof C19. Ground floor with crudely executed composition with four Ionic pilasters, the outer bays with round headed niches with pediments in scrolled brackets, with central stone cross window with label, and boarded round headed doors in keyed surround in squared frame. Above the doorway the arms of Anthony Fowle, temp. Charles I. Upper floor with two simple single lights.

Interior: crown post roof to earlier range. Fireplace with Anthony Fowle's court of Arms, early C17 panelling covering wall paintings (Tudor rose pattern and inscription of the marriage vow). Rich C17 staircase. On restoration (c.1870) trap doors were discovered leading to 'secret' priests chamber, with altar and painting of Virgin; a small hidden chapel had already been discovered. The ancient seat of the Twysden family, of note in Kent; birthplace of Lord Chief Baron of Exchequer Sir Geoffrey Gilbert (1674-1721). Restored c.1870 by Alexander Bereford-Hope, acting as his own architect but assisted by advice from Butterfield and Street

Listing NGR: TQ7136035207


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Books and journals
Esam, F, The Manor and Farmhouses of Kent, (1906)
Newman, J, The Buildings of England: West Kent and the Weald, (1980), 299
Tiffin, W, Goudhurst Coronation Book


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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