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Barn at Boxley Abbey, Boxley

Description: Barn at Boxley Abbey

Grade: I
Date Listed: 20 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 173556

OS Grid Reference: TQ7602358641
OS Grid Coordinates: 576023, 158641
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2997, 0.5236

Location: Grange Lane, Boxley, Kent ME14 3BT

Locality: Boxley
Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: ME14 3BT

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Listing Text


5/49 Barn at Boxley Abbey
20.10.52 (formerly listed as Tithe Barn
at Abbey Court Farm)
G.V. I

Hospitium to Boxley Abbey (Cistercian). Late C13 or early C14.
Ragstone with plain tile roof, 186 feet long. Gable end walls
recessed above tie-beam. Each wall has very small irregularly
placed rectangular ventilation holes. All original windows are
morticed in sides and tops for rectangular bars and have chamfered
reveals. Some of the windows and doors are now blocked. West
gable has 3 lancet-type pointed windows above, and 3 below the tie-
beam, the central one in each case stepped above the lower 2.
Small later window punched through coping at left end. South
side:fenestration changes towards centre of building. Left section
has 5 regularly-spaced oblong windows under the eaves. On the
ground floor, below the middle 3 and stepped slightly to the
left are 3 taller, narrower oblong windows. At the left end,
immediately below the cill level of the upper windows is a small
inserted window with a wooden frame and below the left original
first-floor window are 2 superimposed inserted windows, also
in wood frames. One pointed window on ground floor to right of
last first-floor window. Central quarter of wall blank save for
one pointed window will cill immediately above level of tops of
ground floor windows. Right section has 4 regularly spaced
narrow oblong windows well below the eaves with similar windows on
the ground floor below. Inserted barn doors with wooden archi-
traves below 2 central first-floor windows. East gable: has one
pointed window in the centre above the tie-beam and 2 oblong
windows, much larger than any others in the building, under the
tie-beam towards the centre of the wall, with 2 immediately
beneath on the ground floor. North side: fenestration highly
irregular. Left section has tall narrow oblong first floor windows
well below the eaves, similar to those on the south side; one at
the left end opposite the end window in the south wall and
2 much further towards the centre of the building, aligned to the
right of the 2 counterparts in the south wall. One similar
window on the ground floor below the second first-floor window
from the left. On the ground floor, 2 arched doorheads, one to
left of the left first-floor window and one beneath the first-
floor window at the right end; that to left has stone voussoirs
and chamfered stone jambs with broach stops. Slightly projecting
rectangular stone stack on first floor, on brick relieving arch
between the left first-floor window and the full-height barn
doors. Full-height inserted barn doors opposite the doors on
the south side. Central quarter blank save for inserted wooden
doors on each floor. Right section:inserted wooden doors on
each floor to right of those in central quarter, the top door
obscuring an original oblong window. Then 2 smaller oblong
windows immediately below eaves, opposite those on south side,
with a pointed window on the ground floor below that to left and
a blocked oblong window below that to right. Large long oblong
opening under eaves to right of these with wall-plate as head
and with broach stops to chamfered stone jambs and a plain cill;
not morticed for iron bars, and possibly a first-floor door.

Listing NGR: TQ7610358681

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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