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Exhurst, Staplehurst

Description: Exhurst

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 25 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 174562

OS Grid Reference: TQ7984642963
OS Grid Coordinates: 579846, 142963
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1577, 0.5705

Location: Cradducks Lane, Staplehurst, Kent TN12 0DL

Locality: Staplehurst
Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN12 0DL

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Listing Text

TQ 74 SE (North side)

3/95 Exhurst

Farmhouse, probably also with special function. Now house. Possibly
late C14 or early C15, with alterations and additions of C15 or early
C16, C17, C19 and 1920's. Timber framed. Ground floor rendered to
south wing, red brick to rest. First floor tile-hung. South elevation
weatherboarded to ground floor, with applied close-studding above.
Plain tile roof. South wing of 2 timber-framed bays running east-west,
possibly late C14, and probably the storeyed south end wing of an open
hall. Open hall replaced or curtailed, probably in the later C15, by
a further storeyed wing of 3 or more timber-framed bays, of which
only 2 survive, running east-west about 10 feet north of the C14 wing,
starting a few feet west of the east end of that wing and presently
terminating flush with its west end. Wings linked by a broad north-
south passage, also flush to the west side, and extended with the
insertion of a C17 stack, to become flush with east end of north wing.
Evidence for ground-floor subdivision of both wings. Apparently one
large room to first floor of each wing. 2 storeys. South wing jettied
to east, south and west, (underbuilt to west), with moulded dragon
post to south-east corner and tenoned joists to south-west. Underbuilt
jetty to east gable end of north wing. Eaves of wings same height.
South wing hipped to east and west, west hip returning along infilling
section. North wing hipped to east, returning along infilling section,
and gabled to west with lower ridge. East elevation: (former front?)
multiple red and grey brick stack in front slope of roof, between
wings. Irregular fenestration of 3 casements; one 2-light to gable
end of each wing and one single-light under stack. Glazed door
under stack. Red brick lean-to to west gable of north wing. 2-storey
C20 addition to north, ground floor red brick, first floor with
applied close-studding. Plain tile roof. Interior: exposed framing.
Moulded south end-of-hall beam retained along north side of south
wing. Moulded pointed-arched ground-floor doorway under west end of
beam. 2-bay first-floor room of south wing has double-chamfered
wall-plates and end tie-beams; remaining central post morticed for
large brace. First-floor doorhead (for garderobe?) to west end of
south wall. Collared common rafter roof, formerly with central
crown-post. Central and west end trusses of north wing with moulded
heavy-scantling solid-spandrel arch-braces and tie-beams, moulded
posts with first-floor cushion stops, and moulded octagonal crown-
posts. West end crown-post shows evidence for continuation of wing
to west. Shutter groove to east end of south wall of north wing.
Fireplaces with plain jambs and chamfered bressumers. Moated site.

Listing NGR: TQ7984642963

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Source: English Heritage

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