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Cloth Hall, Headcorn

Description: Cloth Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 20 October 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 174316

OS Grid Reference: TQ8329544254
OS Grid Coordinates: 583295, 144254
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1682, 0.6204

Location: A274, Headcorn, Kent TN27 9NT

Locality: Headcorn
Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN27 9NT

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Listing Text

TQ 8344 (West side)

10/89 Cloth Hall (Formerly
listed as Church Walk
20.10.52 Nos. 1-4 and The
North Street Bakery)


Special purpose building, probably a cloth hall, now shop row and dwelling.
Late C15 or early C16 with C17, C19 and C20 alterations. Timber framed. Exposed
framing with plaster infilling to first floor of front elevation and painted
brick infilling to ground floor. Left gable end tile-hung to first floor and
attic. Plain tile roof. 7 roughly equal-length timber-framed bays forming 3
intercommunicating rooms on each floor:- one of 3 bays to left end, and two of
2 bays each. 2 storeys and garret. First floor close-studded. First floor of
left gable end formerly jettied. Moulded fillet half way up first floor,
truncated across right end bay, discontinued across second bay from left and
re-appearing at lower level at left end. Similarly discontinuous moulded fillet
to base of coving. Moulded shaft between the 2 fillets to left end principal
post. Coved, jettied eaves to front elevation and left gable end, with solid-
spandrel brackets to apparent tie-beam ends protruding above each principal and
intermediate post. Lower eaves plates and "tie-beam" ends to left end bay.
Plain dragon-post to corner with solid bracket immediately each side of it.
Moulded gable-end eaves bressumer. Hipped roof, with gablet to right. Central
brick ridge stack in front slope of roof. Irregular fenestration of 4 leaded
casements; one 4-light to third bay from left, one 4-light ogee-moulded mullion
window with round-headed lights between fourth and fifth bays, another 4-light
window to sixth bay and one single-light to right end bay. Mortices for 4-
light oriel window to left gable end. Bowed shop windows in reeded architraves
to ground floor. Three C20 half-glazed shop doors. Interior: only partly
inspected. Exposed framing. Moulded beams to 3 left ground-floor bays. Plain-
chamfered beams to remaining 4 bays. Principal posts of open trusses moulded on
both floors, except between 2 right bays. Moulded crown-posts and tie-beams to
open trusses, some with carved spandrels. Moulded 4-centred arched doorways
with hollow spandrels to ground floor and plain 4-centred arched doorways to
first floor. Broad C17 staircase from first floor to attic. Said to be rear
stair turret. See also Church Walk Nos 1-4, Munks Cottage and Oak Cottage.
[H.S. Cowper, Two Headcorn Cloth Halls, Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. XXXI, 19153.

Listing NGR: TQ8329544254

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Source: English Heritage

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