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Forge House, Lenham

Description: Forge House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 20 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 173952

OS Grid Reference: TQ8996152155
OS Grid Coordinates: 589961, 152155
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2369, 0.7198

Location: Old Ashford Road, Lenham, Kent ME17 2PX

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

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Listing Text

TQ 8952
(south side)
10/216 Forge House

House, once house and forge, now house. Mid C15 with late C16
C18 and C19 alterations. Timber framed with plaster infilling and
plain tile roof. Wealden with single-bay hall, broad storeyed bay
to right and storeyed bay to left. Integral rear wing to right of
one bay with corridor along left side. Left end bay replaced,
probably in C18, by forge projecting to front. Late C19 addition
to rear of right wing. Forge largely rebuilt in late C19.

2 storeys. First floor close-studded; studding continued across
recess in C16. Arch-braces to former flying wall-plate. Right
end bay jetty continues round right side elevation on moulded dragon
post. Jetty made continuous in C16. Roof hipped to right, returning
round rear wing. 2 brick ridge stacks; one, C18 or later towards
left and one off-centre to right. Irregular fenestration of two 4-
light ovolo-moulded mullion windows. Broad ribbed door with 4-
centred arched head with hollow spandrels beneath stack to right.
Forge: timber-framed with weatherboarded front gable and close
studded right side elevation, plain tile roof. 2-storey height but
without internal floor. Rear lean-to. Interior: Heavily moulded
end-of-hall beam and chamfered post. Ogee first-floor braces.
Remains of cross tie-beam to original left end bay. Large late
C16 fireplace with elongated four-centred arched wooden bressumer with
finely-carved spandrels to hall, and smaller moulded stone fire-place
surround with hollow chamfers to right end bay. Remains of clasped
purlins in front gable of forge. Exposed beams and posts.

Listing NGR: TQ8996152148

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Source: English Heritage

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