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Brishing Court, Boughton Monchelsea

Description: Brishing Court

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 25 July 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 174466

OS Grid Reference: TQ7778551451
OS Grid Coordinates: 577785, 151451
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2345, 0.5452

Location: Brishing Lane, Boughton Monchelsea ME17 4NG

Locality: Boughton Monchelsea
Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: ME17 4NG

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Listing Text

TQ 75 SE (North-West side)

1/6 Brishing Court

Farmhouse. C15, (probably early C15), with C16 and C17 alterations. Timber
framed with rendered infilling. Plain tile roof. Wealden, with open hall of
2 unequal-length bays and storeyed end bays. Right end bay longer than left,
incorporating undershot cross-passage. Left hall bay and left half of right
hall bay floored in C16. Smoke-bay, possibly with enclosed hearth, formed
in front three-quarters of right half of right hall bay, leaving passage to
rear on ground floor and partitioned void on first floor. C17 stack inserted
in smoke bay. 2 storeys and attic on stone plinth. End bays jettied on
filleted solid-spandrel brackets, jetties returning to rear, that to left on
moulded dragon post, that to right on plain. Broadly-spaced studding. Cross-
passage delineated by principal posts. Ogee tension brace to left end bay, to
right hall bay (on both floors) and to right end bay. Arch brace over cross-
passage. Short spur, with solid-spandrel bracket under, protrudes from central
truss post just above midrail, carrying a post jowled towards the house to butt
under the central tie-beam , and supporting the flying wall-plate on the side
away from the house (c.f. also Synyards at Otham). Ogee arch-braces to flying
wall-plate to right hall bay, and formerly also to left. Below the flying
wall-plate another bracketed spur protrudes forward from the jowled post,
supporting an outer wall-plate at the same level as the flying wall-plate.
This outer wall-plate runs right round the house supported on short spurs
protruding from principal posts, and is an unusual feature (cf. also the
Cloth Hall, North Street, Headcorn). Roof hipped, with gablet to left.
Multiple brick stack in front slope of roof, to right hall bay. Hipped 2-
light dormer. Irregular fenestration of 3 leaded mullioned and transomed
windows; one 4-light with pegged cill to left end bay, one 8-light to left
hall bay and one 8-light to right end bay. Deep short pegged cill towards
centre of left end bay on ground floor. Blocked doorway to cross-passage to
left end of right end bay. Later blocked doorway to left end of hall. Lean-
to to right gable end with stone ground floor and rendered gable, incorporating
door in right gable end. Single-storey rear addition to right, with stack.
Interior: exposed framing. Most members chamfered. Moulded and brattished
left end-of-hall beam, with ogee braces to partition above. Broad cill of
rear window of left hall bay. Plain-chamfered central truss posts, with
cambered tie-beam, morticed for braces meeting towards centre. Chamfered
crown-post on chamfered base, braced to collar purlin and to long sous-laces.
Plain crown-posts to ends of hall, with foot braces, and to truss to right
side of cross-passage. Ashlar pieces. Smoke-blackened straw-daub walls of
smoke-bay survive in roof. Mortice evidence for smoke-bay below. Stone
fireplace with plain-chamfered jambs to left side of stack. (E.R. Swain,
Divided and Galleried Hall-Houses, in Medieval Archaeology Vol. XII, 1968).

Listing NGR: TQ7778551451

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Source: English Heritage

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