British Listed Buildings

History in Structure

If you log in, you can comment on buildings, submit new photos or update photos that you've already submitted.

We need to upgrade the server that this website runs on. Can you spare a quid to help?.

Benover House, Yalding

Description: Benover House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 23 May 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 174867

OS Grid Reference: TQ7046048245
OS Grid Coordinates: 570460, 148245
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2080, 0.4389

Location: B2162, Yalding, Kent ME18 6AS

Locality: Yalding
Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: ME18 6AS

Incorrect location/postcode? Submit a correction!

Explore more of the area around Yalding, Kent at Explore Britain.

Listing Text

TO 74 NW
(South-west side)
Benover House

Farmhouse, now house. Early-to-mid C16, with later C16, C17 and late C18
or early C19 alterations, restored 1986. Timber framed, with rendered
infilling. Gable ends red and grey brick in Flemish bond to ground floor,
weatherboarded above. Plain tile roof. 4 timber-framed bays; single-
bay open hall with storeyed end bay to left, storeyed bay to right
incorporating undershot cross-passage, and a further storeyed bay to
right of that which was partly rebuilt at a later date. Open hall probably
floored later in C16, and jettied to front with gable over. 2 storeys and
garret on rendered plinth. Broadly-spaced studding to left end bay, two
right bays, and ground floor of left-central bay (open hall), with inserted
studs giving impression of close-studding. First floor and gable of left-
central bay close-studded, first floor jettied on solid-spandrel brackets,
with roll-moulded bressumer higher than midrails of left end and right-
central bays. Lower midrail to right end bay. Underbuilt gable end
jetties to left and right. Pair of arch braces to each of left end and
right-central bays, and single straighter brace to right end. Roof hipped
to left with gablet, half-hipped to right. Half-hipped gable with moulded
bargeboards to left-central bay (mortices suggest originally fully gabled
and jettied like first floor). Large projecting red and grey brick stack
in English bond, with offsets and two corniced flues, on ragstone base, to
left gable end. Large projecting stack to rear of left-central bay, of
galleted ragstone, with stone slab shoulders and red and grey brick flue.
Irregular fenestration of 5 paned casements; one three-light to each end
bay, one four-light to left-central bay, and one two-light to right-
central bay. Ribbed door to left end of right-central bay. Rear lean-to
to two right bays. Single-storey 1970's weatherboarded addition with
end stack and half-hipped plain tile roof, to rear of right gable end.
Interior: exposed framing. Roll-moulded left end-of-hall beam and
chamfered right beam, each with chamfered plank-and-muntin partition under
it. Possible evidence for moulded spear towards front end of left partition.
Broad plank door towards centre of right partition. Roll-moulded midrail
to right end of rear hall wall. Right-central bay subdivided. Deep
pegged doorhead to front of central stud and mortices for another adjacent
towards rear, in right wall of cross-passage. Left and right end ground-
floor rooms have chamfered axial joists, those to right end plainer.
Gunstock-jowled principal posts. Plain crown posts, to each end of hall
and between two right bays. Morticed collars. Right end bay is separately
framed from main range, with lower first and attic floors, but roof
structure (excluding wallplates) is continuous except for rebuilt half hip.
Moulded axial beam and hollow-chamfered joists to inserted hall floor.
C16 or early C17 stone fireplace with stone kerb and moulded jambs and
bressumer, to first floor left end room. Large stone fireplace with
moulded stone jambs and (renewed?) bressumer to rear of hall on ground floor.
Smaller, more simply moulded stone fireplace with four-centred-arched stone
head with hollow spandrels, and elliptical brick back, to first floor above.
Chamfered axial beams to inserted attic floor. Shutter groove to right
gable end on first floor. Three-light hollow-chamfered mullion window to
right of ground-floor hall fireplace.

Listing NGR: TQ7046048245

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.