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Twyssenden Manor and Wall Projecting, Goudhurst

Description: Twyssenden Manor and Wall Projecting

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 9 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 169625

OS Grid Reference: TQ7136035207
OS Grid Coordinates: 571360, 135207
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0906, 0.4456

Location: Goudhurst, Kent TN17 2RG

Locality: Goudhurst
Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN17 2RG

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Listing Text

TQ 73 NS
5/275 Twyssenden Manor and
wall projecting
House. C15, altered and extended C16 to C17, and restored mid C19. Timber
framed with exposed restored frame with plaster infill, return and rear eleva-
tions tile hung on 1st floor with red brick in English Bond and sandstone on
ground floor, and with central stone tower. Plain tiled roofs. Hall house
origin, with L-shaped additional wings. ------ entrance elevation to old hall
range: 4 framed bay, probable Wealden hall house plan, now 2 storeys on sand-
stone plinth, with hipped roof and stacks to end left, to centre right, to end
right and to rear wings. Three 3 light mullioned and transomed windows on each
floor, those to left with sidelights, with 2 light to centre right, and plank
and stud door to centre right in four centred arched doorway. Basement opening
to right. Projecting wall at right about 3 feet high of sandstone with red
brick repairs, and returned to left to front garden. The additional hipped and
gabled wings to rear form a small open paned courtyard, which formed the early
C17 main entrance, with a central stone tower, lowered and given a hipped tiled
roof C19. Ground floor with crudely executed composition with 4 Ionic
pilasters, the outer bays with round headed niches with pediments in scrolled
brackets, with central stone cross window with label, and boarded round headed
doors in keyed surround in squared frame. Above the doorway the arms of Anthony
Fowle, temp. Charles I. Upper floor with 2 simple single lights. Interior:
crown post roof to earlier range. Fireplace with Anthony Fowle's court of Arms,
early C17 panelling covering wall paintings (Tudor rose pattern and inscription
of the marriage vow). Rich C17 staircase. On restoration (c.1870) trap doors
were discovered leading to 'secret' priests chamber, with altar and painting of
Virgin; a small hidden chapel had already been discovered. The ancient seat of
the Twysden family, of note in Kent; birthplace of Lord Chief Baron of Exchequer
Sir Geoffrey Gilbert (1674-1721). Restored c.1870 by Alexander Bereford-Hope,
acting as his own architect but assisted by advice from Butterfield and Street
(see Goudhurst Coronation Book; F Esam, Manor and Farmhouses of Kent; BOE Kent
I, 1980, 299.

Listing NGR: TQ7136035207

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Source: English Heritage

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