Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1254300

Date first listed: 24-Aug-1990



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County: Kent

District: Tunbridge Wells (District Authority)

Parish: Pembury

National Grid Reference: TQ 63222 43077


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5/353 The Old Mill


Former farmhouse, once including a mill. Early C17 with mid/late C17 extension, some C19 and C20 modernisation. Timber-framed. Most of the ground floor is underbuilt with brick of various periods, e.g. some C17 English bond brick in the service block, C19 Flemish bond brick on the left (south east) end of the main block and, at the rear of the main block some original framing is exposed and is nogged with C17 stretcher bond brick. Framing above is hung with peg-tile. Brick stack with staggered chimneyshaft; peg-tile roof.

Plan: Basically an L-plan house facing north, east. The main block has a 2- room plan with an axial stack between serving back-to-back fireplaces. The left room was probably the parlour, the other the kitchen. Front lobby entrance now incorporated into a C19 projecting stairblock. Secondary (but still C17) service block projects at right angles in front to the left (south east) end. It has a one-room plan and its front gable-end stack is a C20 addition. This service wing was probably the mill although there is no structural evidence showing for its use as such.

2 storeys with attics in the roofspace and secondary lean-to outshots on the right end of the main block and on the front to right of the stairblock.

Exterior: Doorway in the stairblock. It contains a late C19 4-panel door under a flat hood on raking struts. Window alongside and another above but most windows on the right (south east) end and to rear. Both have irregular 2-window fronts and all windows are C20, a variety of casements with glazing bars. Also C20 French window roughly central in the south east end. Main block roof is half-hipped both ends. Service block or mill and the stairblock roofs are gable-ended.

Interior: C17 carpentry is well-preserved in both blocks. In the main block the left (south eastern) room, the probable parlour, is larger. It and the chamber above have chamfered axial beams, the chamber one with scroll stops. Smaller rooms have plain joists. No carpentry is exposed on the ground floor of the service wing or mill. Wall framing is exposed on the first floor. The main block frame has large curving braces and large scantling wall posts. The service wing or mill frame is of lesser scantling and also includes evidence of ribbon windows round the first floor room. Main block roof is 3 bays of clasped side purlin construction and many common rafters are original. Some have an uneasy relationship with the stack and the right (north west) tie-beam has mortises towards the chimneybreast. These inconsistencies suggest that the stack was originally smaller or maybe was originally timber-framed.

Listing NGR: TQ6322243077


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Legacy System number: 437744

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