Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1254296

Date first listed: 24-Aug-1990



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County: Kent

District: Tunbridge Wells (District Authority)

Parish: Paddock Wood

National Grid Reference: TQ 69593 43302


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6/345 Pearsons Farmhouse


House. Circa mid/late C17 origins, perhaps a remodelling of an earlier house; alterations and extension of the late C19. C17 phase timber-framed, the ground floor underbuilt in brick, the first floor tile-hung. C19 addition brick to the ground floor, first floor tile-hung with a cogged brick cornice at first floor level; peg-tile roofs; brick stacks.

Plan: The house faces east north east, say east. The main block originated as a C17 3 room lobby entrance plan, the hall and parlour to the right (north) heated by back-to-back fireplaces in an axial stack. The left hand (south) room unheated and originally divided into 2 service rooms, probably buttery and pantry. In the circa mid C19 a rear left kitchen wing was added at right angles to the old service end, heated by a west end stack. A little later, in the circa 1880s, a front right wing at right angles was added containing a principal room and a new stair. Probably at the same time a farm office was built to the rear of the house, connected to the C19 kitchen by a series of outbuildings which have now been absorbed into domestic use. This gives a rear courtyard behind the house. A one-room plan detached block immediately north of the house is said to have been used as hoppers' accommodation: it may have been the C19 carriage house.

Exterior: 2 storeys and attic. Asymmetrical 2:1 window front, the one window to the C19 wing. Roof half-hipped at the left end, hipped at the right end, gabled to the front of the wing where it has deep eaves and open timberwork in the gable. Axial stack with a C19 or C20 brick shaft. Deep C19 gabled porch in the angle between the main block and the wing, the detail in the gable matching the wing gable; C19 panelled outer door. Probably late C19 2- and 3- light casements to the main block. The wing has a late C19 4-pane plate glass sash to the first floor. The ground floor has a canted bay with a hipped roof containing a French window with margin glazing flanked by 2-pane plate glass sashes. Outbuilding immediately right (north) in handmade brick to the ground floor, first floor tile-hung. Paired plank carriage doors to the left, first floor casement to the right with square leaded panes. The farm office has a gabled peg-tile roof, a rear lateral chimney stack, a C19 door and tripartite plate glass sash window on the east side.

Interior: The C17 hall has a large cross beam close to the fireplace and chamfered stopped joists. The joist arrangement in front of the fireplace suggests that there may have been a framed stack pre-dating the existing chimney. The partition dividing the service end has been removed. The old parlour has renewed ceiling beams and a rebuilt fireplace. On the first floor the chamber over the hall has jewel scroll stops. The posts of the wall framing with formed jowls survive to sole plate level in places. The first floor includes several C18 2-panel doors. The C19 single storey kitchen has an exposed clasped purlin and queen strut roof and a massive fireplace with a timber lintel. There was formerly a bread oven associated with the fireplace. The room in the C19 wing has a good original Devon marble chimney-piece with a pretty tiled surround and a shelf for displaying ornaments fixed to the walls below the ceiling. Circa 1880s stair with turned balusters.

Roof: Not thoroughly inspected but appears to be a staggered butt purlin arrangement.

Listing NGR: TQ6961543414


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Legacy System number: 437738

Legacy System: LBS

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