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Description: Old Wilsley
Date Listed: 9 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 169149
OS Grid Reference: TQ7796336997
OS Grid Coordinates: 577963, 136997
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1046, 0.5406
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CRANBROOK WILSLEY GREEN
TQ 73 NE
Wealden hall-house and cloth hall, now house. Late C14 an early C15, altered
in C16 and later C17, clad in C19 and altered and extended in early C20.
Timber framed on red brick plinth, with sandstone ground floor under left
gable, plastered elsewhere with exposed close studding in centre. Jettied
over ground and first floors, with dragon-beam to right, under left and right
return gables. Plain tiled hipped roof with bracketed eaves in centre and
lower return gables to left and right. Main stack to right behind ridge
of main roof; also end stacks. 2 storeys with attics in gables. 2 storey
bay window to right of centre recess with windows on both floors. Irregular
fenestration of 7 windows on first floor, 5 windows on ground floor, casements,
those under gables late C17 cross windows, except on ground floor to right,
with bay window. Circa 1600 transom and mullion windows elsewhere. Arched
doorway to left of recess with boarded and ribbed door in Tudor-arched moulded
surround. Main entrance now in left end. Large early C20 extensions to
rear in angle formed by original former kitchen wing and forming small
internal courtyard. Interior: Very substantial timber frame. Dining room:
Mid C20 decorated Tudor-arched fireplace. Heavily moulded ceiling; inserted
over ground floor of former hall. Embattled dais beam with rosette carved
decoration. C16 panelling, including plank and muntin at dais end. C16
doorcase at dais end, carved with atlantes at capital level. Room at lower
end. Fielded panelling with dado railing, painted with landscape scenes,
12 in all including doors; dogs coursing in panels below dado rail. Marbled
wooden bolection mould fire-surround. Kitchen (beyond dais and stair): wide
fireplace with sandstone cheeks and giant bressummer. Late C16 panelling.
C18 mantelshelf. Wheel under eaves on outside wall for dog-powered spit.
Bedroom in upper part of former hall: Crown post collar purlin roof. Moulded
octagonal crown post on hall truss. Very heavily jowled posts. Ovolo
mouldings on frames to windows. Close studding on end walls with curved
braces above. Former solar: Late C16 panelling. Late C17 fireplace. Some
engraved glass. See Country Life, Vol 104, pp 26 and 78.
Listing NGR: TQ7793637082
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Source: English Heritage
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