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Babbs Farmhouse, Benenden

Description: Babbs Farmhouse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 20 June 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 170109

OS Grid Reference: TQ7913932948
OS Grid Coordinates: 579139, 132948
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0679, 0.5554

Location: Babb's Lane, Benenden, Kent TN17 4LH

Locality: Benenden
Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN17 4LH

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Listing Text

1350-0/2/1 Babbs Farmhouse

House. c1603 house with integral parlour wing refaced in C18
and refenestrated in C20. Timber framed building with
close-studding with plaster infill visible in the west face of
the west wing but remainder refaced in red brick on ground
floor and tile hung above. Tiled roof with large external
brick chimney stack and large crow-stepped brick external
stack to rear. 2 storeys 4 windows facing west, 3 windows
facing south. C20 casements. C20 dormers with 6 panelled door.
Interior has fine Jacobean staircase with solid treads and
newel posts with finials. Hall has screen with linenfold
panelling, roll moulded ceiling and open fireplace with wooden
roll moulded bressumer with spandrels. Parlour ceiling is also
roll moulded with stone 4 centred arched fireplace with
overmantel with volutes. Series of fine panelled doors. In the
early C18 this was the house of the infamous Kitty Fisher a
lady at court about whom the nursery rhyme about Lucy Locket
and Kitty Fisher was devised.

Listing NGR: TQ7913932948

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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