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Tunbridge Wells (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 63778 44482



Church Farmhouse 5/240 II GV

Farmhouse divided into 2 cottages. Late C17, late C19 parlour crosswing and circa 1970 extension. Ground floor level is brick; timber-framed above clad with peg-tile; brick stacks and chimneyshafts; peg-tile roof. The brickwork varies from phase to phase. The late C17 brick is Flemish bond red brick with decorative burnt headers, the late C19 crosswing is Flemish bond red brick and C20 additions are red brick.

Plan and Development: Farmhouse faces north west. The main block has a 3- room lobby entrance plan. The left end room has an end stack. It is a C20 addition but, according to the farmer, there was a ciderhouse here before, probably the service room of the old farmhouse. Next is the kitchen then the parlour. An axial stack between serves rear corner diagonal fireplaces. Lobby entrance and original staircase in front of the stack. House was enlarged in the late C19 by the parlour crosswing at the right (south west) end. It projects very slightly forward. At this time the old house was relegated to service use. A new front doorway was provided on the front end of the crosswing on the left side. It leads into an entrance hall containing the late C19 stair. The 2 principal rooms of the crosswing have an axial stack between serving back-to-back fireplaces. Lean-to outshots across the back of the main block include a late C19 bakehouse behind the original parlour. Its rear lateral stack contains a large oven. House is 2 storeys and attic rooms in the main block roofspace.

Exterior: Regular but not symmetrical 5:1-window front. In the main block most windows are C19 and C20 casements with glazing bars and at the left end a C20 bay window with leaded glass. Original lobby entrance doorway is roughly central to the main block. It contains a late C19 part-glazed 4-panel door in the original solid doorframe with beaded surround and contemporary pedimented hood with panelled soffit and recessed front fielded panel under a moulded pediment. Main block roof is half-hipped to left and carried down over the rear outshots. The doorway in front of the crosswing contains a C20 4-panel door behind a C20 brick porch with monopitch roof. Windows here are late C19 horned 6-pane sashes and similar 2-window front on the side of the crosswing. The crosswing roof is gable-ended. Gables are exposed framing with roughcast panels and have wavey bargeboards.

Interior: The original structure of the kitchen and parlour section of the main block is well-preserved. Both ground and first floor rooms have plain chamfered beams. The ground floor fireplaces have oak-framed fronts which have been somewhat altered and some of the timbers renewed. In the chamber over the former parlour the wall plates are ovolo-moulded with fillets. Some outside framing is exposed on the first floor; relatively slight scantling with straight braces. 3-bay roof over this section carried on tie-beam trusses with clasped side purlins and high curving collars. Also some good original joinery like the winder stair and plank doors with strap hinges. Late C19 crosswing is very well-preserved with original joinery and other detail such as the staircase, panelled doors, moulded plaster cornices and chimneypieces.

Church Farmhouse is one of a good group of listed buildings in the vicinity of the Church of St Thomas A becket (q.v.).

Listing NGR: TQ6377844482


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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: 06 Oct 1999
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