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Tower and Walls 30 Yards East of the West Range at Sissinghurst Castle, Cranbrook

Description: Tower and Walls 30 Yards East of the West Range at Sissinghurst Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 9 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 168878

OS Grid Reference: TQ8080538315
OS Grid Coordinates: 580805, 138315
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1156, 0.5819

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
4/27 Sissinghurst
9.6.52 Tower and Walls 30 yards
east of the west range
at Sissinghurst Castle
(formerly listed as part
of Sissinghurst Castle)

Tower and walls. Circa 1570 for Sir Richard Baker. Red brick with red brick,
stone and some cemented dressings, and bands between first and second and over
third floors in centre. Coped parapet in centre and modillion cornices to
shingled roofs with weather-vanes over towers. Central rectangular tower with
flanking octagonal stair-turrets, that to north only containing staircase.
Four storeys in centre with 3 windows on east and west sides of each stain-
turret. Six-light transom and mullion window on third floor of centre, 8-light
window on second floor with drip-mould over and large 8-light window in
pilastered surround with entablature over on first floor. Bases of first floor
pilasters rest directly on top of entablature and pilasters of the round-arched
entrance surround. To north and south of the tower the remains of the enclosing
walls of the courtyard, about 25 yards long, of the circa 1570 house extend,
that to the south returning to the west some 40 yards, and including the remains
of windows and a doorway. These have been rebuilt but rest on earlier parts
below. Vita Sackville-West customarily wrote in the first floor room of the

Listing NGR: TQ8084338316

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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