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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)
Brenchley and Matfield
National Grid Reference:
TQ 65729 43485



6/326 Crittenden House 11.5.88 II

Farmhouse. Early C17 with C19 and early. C20 alterations. Framed construction, the ground floor underbuilt in brick, the first floor tile-hung; peg-tile roof; brick stacks.

Plan: The house faces south. 3 room lobby entrance plan, the 2 right hand (east) rooms heated from back-to-back fireplaces in an axial stack, the left hand room heated from an end stack. Rear outshut and late C19 or C20 rear addition.

Exterior: 2 storeys and attic. Asymmetrical 4-window front with a C20 plank door to right of centre with an open gabled porch on chamfered timber posts. 4 C20 3- and 4-light timber casements with leaded panes. The right return is weatherboarded with a C20 single-storey lean-to addition. Left side entrance with a C20 gabled porch on timber posts. Plank door and elaborate iron hinges. The rear elevation has a gabled late C17 staircase projection, a brick outshut and 2 C20 dormer windows to the upper part of the outshut. Roof half-hipped at ends; tall brick shaft to the axial stack, date panel thought to read 1608; projecting left end stack with ribbed decoration.

Interior: Not inspected on survey of 1989 but said to be unchanged since the 1988 listing where it is described as follows: "Dining room with large wooden fireplace bressummer with the carved initials GP and IA, 2 gabled alcoves and a 2-panelled wooden cupboard with butterfly hinges. C20 chamfered ceiling joists. Lounge has iron fireback depicting Adam and Eve and the tree of Knowledge said to have been removed from a demolished mansion. Study has a fireback of 1592 with a 2 headed eagle and crowns and a curved brick fireplace with wooden bressummer and coved hood. Staircase bay has pegged rafters with no ridge piece and an oak dogleg staircase. First floor has gunstock jowled posts and some curved tension braces visible. Bathroom has a chamfered beam with lambs tongue stop. Old floorboards. Attic has very wide oak floorboards and 3 original C17 3-plank doors. Elsewhere in the house there are good copies of these made in the 1920s".

Roof: Not inspected but list description of 1988 records a staggered butt purlin roof.

Listing NGR: TQ6784344787


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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: 30 Aug 1999
Reference: IOE01/00438/11
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Laurie Jonas. Source Historic England Archive
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