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Lenham Court, Lenham

Description: Lenham Court

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 December 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 173955

OS Grid Reference: TQ8841851992
OS Grid Coordinates: 588418, 151992
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2360, 0.6977

Location: Lenham, Kent ME17 2LS

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

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Listing Text

TQ 85 SE
(west side)
4/219 Lenham Court
House. Mid C15, late C16, early C18 and early C20. Timber framed,
with rendered infilling and plain tile roof. Probably a Wealden,
possibly recessed to front and rear. Hall of 2 roughly equal
bays with storeyed end bay to left and early C18 cross-wing to
right 2 bays deep. Early C20 single storey single bay rear wing to
right and early C20 addition to left, doubling length of
frontage. 2 storeys and attics on plinth. Original building:
close studded. Left end bay jettied on moulded dragon post
with eaves higher than hall wall plate and roof hipped. Right
end bay also jettied with early C20 decorated jettied gable
with pendant. Roof hipped to right and continuous with C20 ex-
tension to left. Multiple late C16 brick stack in front slope of
roof off-centre casement to right gable. Irregular fenestration
of 4 early C20 windows with leaded lights; one 3-light casement to
left end bay, one canted 2-storey bay window to left bay of hall,
one 2-light casement over cross-passage and one canted 5-light
oriel to right bay. French doors in original door position at
right end of hall. Early C20 addition: Applied close-studding.
Left gable jettied and decorated to match right end. Loggia with
first floor over to left of this. 6 windows. 2-storey timber-
framed porch to right end against left end of original building.
C20 ribbed door under porch, with C15 4-centred arched door-head
with carved spandrels probably removed from site of French doors.
Interior: Heavily moulded brattished dais beam. Rare moulded
brattished dais spear, not in its original position, near hall
fireplace. Moulded crown post now supporting ground-floor hall ceiling.
Principal posts of central truss moulded, and each with one finely-
carved engaged column with moulded capital and base. Cambered
central truss tie-beam with hollow chamfer and large braces with
solid spandrels, joined across centre by fillet. Back door of cross-
passage"in situ" with 4-centred arched head and carved spandrels.
First floor ceiling of left-hand bay with relatively elaborate
early C17 chamfer-stops and of right end bay with ovolo-moulded
beams. Roof of right cross-wing has clasped purlins with diminishing
principal rafters and small curved windbraces. Other exposed timbers.
Early C20 rear bay probably built for panelling it contains;
elaborately carved rectangular panels with motifs including heads.
Said to have been owned by Elder and Younger Pitt. Owned by Pitt
family until late C20.

Listing NGR: TQ8841851992

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Source: English Heritage

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