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Description: Combwell Priory and Walled Garden
Date Listed: 9 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 169560
OS Grid Reference: TQ7056733331
OS Grid Coordinates: 570567, 133331
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0740, 0.4334
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GOUDHURST LONDON ROAD
TQ 73 SW (north side)
Combwell Priory and
9.6.52 walled garden
House. Circa 1930 and late C20 on C12 site and reusing medieval materials.
Dressed stone and plain tiled roof, with red brick, timber frame and tile hung
extensions. Main range 2 storeys, with plinth, string course and 2 storey and
attic cross-wing projecting at right with shaped kneelered parapet gable. Main
range with hipped roof, with stacks to left and at end right. Attic 3 light
stone mullioned window, with 3 light mullioned and transomed windows on each
floor of cross-wing, main range with 2 three light mullioned and transomed
windows on each floor, with 2 light to centre of 1st floor, with central plank
and stud door with side lights set in depressed-arched moulded surround with
crudely voluted Ionic pilasters in parapeted porch. Extended to right by
smaller shaped gabled range (with looped cross) fronted by large mullioned bay
window. Plain rectangular block at end right (right return timber and glazed
modern style elevation). Set in the left return of the cross-wing is a
pinnacled and crocketed ogee headed niche with a stumpy statuette of an armoured
knight. Set in the rear elevation (on earlier foundations) is a worn medieval
figure blowing a horn. Attached to the rear wing is ared and blue brick C18
wall, connected to a C18 walled garden, about 50 yards by 100 yards in extent,
and including red brick stable block on stone base. Robert de Thurnham founded
a Premonstrakusian Abbey here (tempus Henry II), in 1220 it became an
Augustinian Priory. After the Reformation it became the mansion house of
branches of the Culpepper and later Campion families, after 1657 little remained
of either the abbey or the later house.
Listing NGR: TQ7056733331
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Source: English Heritage
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