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Downs Farm House, Yalding

Description: Downs Farm House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 23 May 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 175006

OS Grid Reference: TQ6991250359
OS Grid Coordinates: 569912, 150359
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2271, 0.4321

Location: Yalding Hill, Yalding, Kent ME18 6AL

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

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Listing Text

TQ 6950
(west side)
6/190 Downs Farm House

Farmhouse, now house. C14 or early C15, with C16 or early C17 alterations, restored
in 1930s. Timber framed. Ground floor red brick in Flemish bond to end bays, red
and grey brick to hall. First floor rendered, possibly in 1930s, with plain strips
indicating two panels to the storey, and with herringbone combing to the panels.
Plain tile roof. Wealden, with open hall of two roughly equal-length bays, and
storeyed end bays. 2 storeys. Underbuilt jetties to storeyed end bays, with evidence
for both jetties returning along gable ends. Solid spandrel bracket to left end of
flying wallplate, and brace under central tie-beam. Steeply pitched hipped roof.
Projecting brick gable end stack to left and red and grey brick stack in front slope
of roof to left end of right hall bay. Irregular fenestration of three wooden casements;
none to left end bay, one five-light to left hall bay, one two-light to right hall bay,
and one three-light to right end bay. Blocked pointed-arched wooden doorway with feet
on jetty bressumer and head under eaves, to left end of left bay. Boarded door with
lean-to hood to left end of hall. Shallow later additions to rear wall. Long low
single-storey C19 brick service wing to rear to right, with external lead water
pump. Interior: some exposed framing. Left gable end jetty internally exposed,
with ground-floor tension brace under it. Dragon beam to front of right end bay.
Evidence for pair of pointed-arched service doorheads and for rear doorhead to'right
end of hall; part of one head in situ. Unmoulded end-of-hall beams, with two arch-
braced panels above each. Lond, shaped, rebated jowls to chamfered principal posts.
Partly extant plain-chamfered hall cornice beam. Moulded octagonal central-truss
crown post on chambered tie-beam;formerly deeply arched-braced. Chamfer-stopped
end-of-hall crown posts. Chambered chamfered arch-braced cross tie-beam to each end
bay, that to left with doubly plain-chamfered posts under. Rafters replaced after
1930 fire. Two-light diamond mullion first-floor window to rear of left end bay.
Deep head of hall window across front of left hall bay. Chamfered cross and axial
beams to inserted hall floor. Brick fireplace with wooden bressumer.

Listing NGR: TQ7053251378

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Source: English Heritage

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