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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1115575



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

County: Kent

District: Ashford

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Hothfield

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 10-Oct-1980

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 180994

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1. 5272 HOTHFIELD SWINFORD Swinford Manor School TQ 94 SE 15/13 II* 2. The centre portion is a late C15 to early C16 Wealden hall-house of 2 bays, which was a Dower House of Godinton. Timber-framed, refaced with red brick on the ground floor and tile-hung above. The 1st floor of its end window bays originally oversailed but has been underbuilt. The eaves between overhang on massive curved braces and a central bracket. Steeply-pitched hipped tiled roof with 3 gabled dormers. Casement windows. C19 porch with shaped Dutch gable containing a cartouche of the Toke family, formerly of Godinton. The interior contains a moulded beam at the solar end of the hall and dragon beam. At the south end is a portion added in 1884 and at the north end a portion added in 1901. The east front also dates from the C19. This is faced with ashlar with 5 shaped Dutch gables; the window bay of the north gable projecting, of the south one deeply recessed and of the centre one projecting with a porch on the ground floor, 7 windows. Alfred Austin (1835-1913), who was Poet Laureate from 1896-1913, rented the house from the Toke family and occupied it from 1867 until his death on the 2nd June 1913. Several of his works refer to the house, particularly the prose work "The Garden that I Love" published in 1894.

Listing NGR: TQ9759643680

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Austin, A, The Garden that I Love, (1894)

National Grid Reference: TQ 97515 43725


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