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Nettlestead Place, the Gatehouse, Nettlestead

Description: Nettlestead Place, the Gatehouse

Grade: I
Date Listed: 25 July 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 174808

OS Grid Reference: TQ6843552066
OS Grid Coordinates: 568435, 152066
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2429, 0.4117

Location: Maidstone Road, Nettlestead, Kent ME18 5HA

Locality: Nettlestead
Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: ME18 5HA

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Listing Text

TQ 65 SE
(East side)
1/8 Nettlestead Place/
25-7-52 The Gatehouse

Gatehouse. Early C14. Ground floor roughly coursed ragstone, first floor
timber framed with rendered infilling. Plain tile roof. 2 storeys, ground
floor tall. West side (towards road) jettied, with brackets flanking
carriage entrance only. First floor apparently subdivided by principal
posts into three timber-framed bays, each with central stud and pair of
tension braces (except west side of north bay, which has one brace).
Broadly-spaced studding and arch braces to gable ends. Steeply-pitched
hipped roof with gablets. Early C14 two-light first-floor window under
eaves to centre of west side, one light each side of central stud, each
light with tracery of mouchettes which suggests former subdivision into two
almost ogee-headed lights. Tall carriage entrance occupies south half of
ground floor, the west side of it having moulded ashlar jambs each with
broach stop, chamfered plinth, and corbelled head supporting wooden
bressumer. Hinges for double doors immediately behind jambs. At east
end, north jamb is of unchamfered dressed stone, and south jamb is formed
by buttress kith single offset. Similar buttress to north-east end of
gatehouse. Under carriage entrance, set towards centre of north wall, a
low and very narrow chamfered stone doorway with Caernavon-arched head
gives access to ground-floor room. Interior: not inspected. Ground-
floor room subsequently subdivided into two storeys, with two-light north
window. Carriage entrance has plain-chamfered axial beam of heavy scantling
and broad close-set joists; this arrangement appears to be continued to
north end of gatehouse, providing floor for single first-floor room. Roof
said to have two octagonal crown posts, each with square, scroll-moulded
capital. Mid-to-late C15 barn of eight timber-framed bays adjoined south
end of gatehouse until burnt down in 1962. (S.E. Rigold, Some Major Kentish
Timber Barns, in Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. LXXXI, 1966. Country Life
16th October 1958.)

Listing NGR: TQ6854552056

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Source: English Heritage

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