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West Range at Sissinghurst Castle, Cranbrook

Description: West Range at Sissinghurst Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 9 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 168877

OS Grid Reference: TQ8077638324
OS Grid Coordinates: 580776, 138324
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1157, 0.5814

Location: Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2JP

Locality: Cranbrook
Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN17 2JP

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Listing Text

TQ 83 NW (north side)
4/26 West Range at
Sissinghurst Castle
9.6.52 (formerly listed as part
of Sissinghurst Castle)

Stable range, now house and 2 flats. Circa 1490, restored and altered C1930-40,
for Sir Harold Nicholson and Vita Sackville-West. Red brick with rubbed red
brick mouldings. Plat band to right of centre and a gabled projections. Plain
tiled roofs, hipped with deep gablet to left, gabled with tumbled parapet to
right. end stack to right, tall ridge stack off-centre to right and circa 1930
stack with projecting buttressed chimney breast to front towards left-hand end.
Return tumble-parapetted gabled projections to left and right of centre, with
single 3-centred arched windows with simple Perpendicular-style brick tracery in
recessed surrounds under brick drip-moulds on first and attic floors. Very
wide 3-centred arched recesses on ground floor with boarded doors in recess.
Two storeys and attics in centre and to right with 4 gabled dormers. Irregular
fenestration of 14 windows on the first floor, including the 2 arched and
traceried windows in the gabled projections and a third, without recess or drip-
mould, 5 windows from the left. Five windows on the ground floor. Wooden case-
ments with diamond lattice glazing in rubbed brick surrounds. Boarded doors
in recesses below gabled projections, as well as to right of centre, and towards
right-hand end with flat hood. Central archway between projections, with 3-
centred arched surround and stone mouldings. Drip-mould and crests in the
spandrels. To the rear, the arch is flanked by buttresses topped by moulded
octagonal brick chimneys with a parapetted gable in between at roof level.
Moulded octagonal pinnacle to gable with round panel below over brick mullioned
window with drip-mould. Similar irregular fenestration as east front, and
boarded doors to left and right ends and to right of centre. This was the
entrance range of a house earlier than that later built to the east by
Sir Richard Baker who inherited in 1558. The coat of arms over the inner arch-
way, dated 1548, was brought from Carnock in Stirlingshire. See N Nicholson,
Sissinghurst Castle, National Trust, 1983.

Listing NGR: TQ8077038394

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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