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Royton Manor, Lenham

Description: Royton Manor

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 26 April 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 173927

OS Grid Reference: TQ9038850340
OS Grid Coordinates: 590388, 150340
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2205, 0.7250

Location: Lenham Heath Road, Lenham, Kent ME17 2BJ

Locality: Lenham
Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: ME17 2BJ

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Listing Text

TQ 95 SW (north side)
Lenham Heath

5/192 Royton Manor (formerly listed
26.4.68. as Chapel Farmhouse)

House. 2nd half of C15, first half C16, second half C16, late
C16 or early C17, C18, early and late C19. Timber framed.
Main range: ground floor early C18 red brick in Flemish bond with
occasional grey headers on ground floor and, probably later, at
right end of first floor. Rest of first floor tile-hung.
Left wing: early C19 chequered red and grey brick, first floor
of right side elevation tile-hung. Left side elevation rendered
on ground floor with some close-studding, tile-hung above.
Right wing: brick in Flemish bond to ground floor, English bond
to first floor. Right side elevation roughly coursed galletted
stone to ground floor, tile-hung above. Rear right wing rendered.
Plain tile roofs. Plan: Late C15 open hall of 2 unequal-
length bays and storeyed bay to either end. Left bay originally
jettied to front and left side and possibly also to rear.
Separately framed early (or possibly late) C16 wing 2 bays deep
added to rear of right end bay. Hall floored in late C16 and
wing of 3 long bays added to left end in late C16 or early C17.
Projecting forward slightly from main range. Further wing
added to right end, probably in C19, also projecting slightly to
front. Ceilings of first floor of left wing and hall raised
probably in C19. Rear lean-to added C19. Facade: 2 storeys,
with cellar to left, on brick plinth. Plat band in Flemish bond
to front of left cross wing, and, in English bond, to right
end of main range. Cross-wing roofs hipped, with gablet to left
wing. Multiple brick ridge stacks towards rear of left wing,
to rear to centre of main range and in front slope of roof to
right gable end of original building (formerly projecting and
external). Irregular fenestration of 6 late C19 casements.
Timber-framed porch, with close-studded gable jettied on moulded
bressumer, to right end of hall. Outer door has 4-centred arched
head with moulded jambs and spandrels carved inside and out.
Heavy door, probably original, with multiple vertical roll and
cavetto moulding and circular iron handle pierced with trefoils.
Inner door has 4-centred arched head with carved spandrels, and
architrave with deep multiple roll moulding with large finely-carved
4-tiered pedestals to bases. Heavy boarded C19 door. Interior:
Moulded, brattished dais beam to left end of hall. Remains of
massive moulded central truss post. Principal posts with rebated
jowls to main range and to rear right wing. Door in rear wall of
hall, at left end, with 4-centred arched head, hollow spandrels
and moulded jambs, partly renewed. Stairs in right end probably
in original position. Staircase with solid triangular treads
re-set in right wing. Plain crown-post with 2 upward and 2 curved
downward braces to rear right wing. Inserted hall floor with
heavily moulded beams and joists. Moulded stone fireplace surrounds
on both floors of left cross-wing. Ribbed plaster ceiling to
ground floor front room of left cross-wing. Late C16 or early C17
ovolo-moulded mullion windows in rear right wing, one with
moulded internal cill. Narrow corridor formed along right side of
the wing, walls and window jambs painted with strapwork design
in ochres. Flemish Renaissance overmantle to fireplace in rear
wall of hall and linen-fold panelled door to back door of cross-
passage possibly introduced in C19. C19 square panelling in hall.
Exposed timbers throughout.

Listing NGR: TQ9038850340

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Source: English Heritage

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