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Statutory Address:

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

Tunbridge Wells (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 61057 43610



5/216 Castle Hill Farmhouse 20.10.54 II

Farmhouse. Mid/late C17 origins, enlarged and modernised through several phases, notably in the early C18 and mid C19. Main block is timber-framed and clad with weatherboarding and the front of the older part is underbuilt with painted brick and end wall is late C17/early C18 English bond brick; rear blocks and mid C19 parlour block is red brick with some of upper parts weatherboarded; brick stacks and chimneyshafts; peg-tile roof.

Plan and Development: Farmhouse is set back from the road and it faces east north east, say east. Main block has a 3-room plan. At the left (south) end is a parlour with a projecting gable-end stack. Next is a passage from the front doorway to the main stair in the C19 rear block. The other side of the passage is the dining room (the present study) and at the right (north) end is a large kitchen. An axial stack between the kitchen and dining room serves back-to-back fireplaces. Rear blocks behind each end, the left one containing the main stair and room behind with gable-end stack and the right one a wash house/utility room. Lean-to outshots between the 2 rear blocks contains a corridor and stair. A C19 parlour block is built parallel to the main block to the rear of the left rear block and projects north. It has a south end stack. The present layout is that of the C19. The dining room and passage section of the main block is C17. The rest has been rebuilt or new built since. Dating of the various parts is not easy although the main block rear outshot appears to be part of the C18 alterations.

2 storeys with attics in the main block and the northern rear block room is open to the roof.

Exterior: Regular but not symmetrical 5-window front of mid C19 casements with glazing bars. Front doorway is left of centre and contains a mid C19 part-glazed 4-panel door behind a contemporary gabled porch clad with diagonal planks and with wavey bargeboards. Main roof is gable-ended to left and half- hipped to right and it contains 4 gabled dormer windows.

Interior: C17 fabric shows only in the passage and dining room/study section of the main block. The room has a chamfered and scroll-stopped crossbeam and a large kitchen fireplace with a chamfered oak lintel. The bedchamber above also has chamfered and scroll-stopped crossbeams, these being the tie beams of a 3-bay clasped purlin roof. Rest of the main block carpentry is of noticeably more slender scantling. Exposed beams have narrow chamfers and roof is also of clasped side purlins. Good C18 and C19 joinery throughout the house.

Listing NGR: TQ6105743610


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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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Date: 10 Sep 1999
Reference: IOE01/00683/35
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