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Description: Battel Hall
Date Listed: 20 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 173812
OS Grid Reference: TQ8276953308
OS Grid Coordinates: 582769, 153308
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2497, 0.6175
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LEEDS BURBERRY LANE
8/79 Battel Hall
Hall. Second quarter C14, with C17 and later alterations, restored
mid C20. Roughly coursed galletted ragstone with stone quoins
and dressings. Left side and front gable end of right wing
stuccoed on ground-floor, weatherboarded above. Plain tile roof.
Open hall, at right-angles to road, with solar and defensible
undercroft to left (towards road) from which garderobe wing
projects to front. C17 wing with C14 core projecting to front at
right end. 2 storeys with hipped roofs. Main range has 3 brick stacks;
one ridge stack towards left end, another towards centre, and one
in front slope of roof at junction with right wing. Left wing has
brick ridge stack at top of hip, right wing has stack in right
slope of roof. Irregular fenestration of one C19 Gothik window
with brick voussoirs to left end of left wing, two 12-pane
sashes in open boxes to right side of left wing. Main range has
2 full-height C15 hall windows with moulded stone jambs and square-
topped hoodmoulds with plain label-stops. Central portion of these
now blocked; first floor of each has a 2-light wood casement and ground
floor retains restored C15 cinquefoiled lights, all with leaded
panes. Right wing has two 16-pane glazing bar sashes, one to left
side elevation and one to gable end. 2-centred arched moulded
stone doorway to right end of main range. Left side elevation:
(to road) has 3 Medieval stone windows to first floor; one
rectangular, with slightly coved architrave, partially blocked, one
round-headed with hollow spandrels in rectangular opening and one
probably restored narrow rectangular light. Three-centred arched
doorway with hollow chamfer and broach stops to wing, towards
junction with main range. Rear elevation: doorway with portcullis
groove and smaller door to right side of it, said to have been
associated with stair turret linking solar and undercroft. Variety
of Medieval and C19 windows Interior: large laver with cusped,
crocketted ogee arch with heads to label stops, slender shafts
and battlemented double-barrelled cistern with Lion's head spouts.
"Nothing like it survives anywhere else in England" (J. Newman, West
Kent and the Weald, 1980). Stone-seated windows. Early C14
Dominican reredos panel, possibly from Dartford. Interior only partly
inspected. Hall probably connected neither with Priory nor with
Castle. (S. Rigold, The Archaelogical Journal Vol. 126, for 1969 pp.
255 and 256).
Listing NGR: TQ8276953308
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Source: English Heritage
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