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Description: Ratling Court
Date Listed: 11 October 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 177866
OS Grid Reference: TR2398153690
OS Grid Coordinates: 623981, 153690
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2384, 1.2074
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TR 25 SW
2/5 Ratling Court
House. Circa 1320, extended late C15 and 1637 and clad C18. Timber framed
and part exposed ( especially to rear and to right return) close studded
with plaster infill, largely clad with painted brick with plain tiled roof.
Aisled hall with cross wing plan. Two storey wings flank central 1 storey
and attic range, with jetty to right on dragon posts, hipped roofs with stacks
at end left and to centre and 2 central hipped semi-dormers. Two glazing bar
slashes on first floors and 1 tripartite and 3 single glazing bar sashes on
ground floor. Central door of 6 raised and fielded panels in segmentally
headed surround. Catslide outshot and hipped wing to rear. Interior; at
least 1 aisle post survives intact and visible upstairs supporting the western
(rear) aisle plate; the other aisle plate also clearly survives. King post
roof over central hall (one of the very few such roofs in Kent), the base
of one post truncated, with doubled lapped collars with short stemmed crown
posts supporting central bays with moulded bases and capitals. North wing (C15)
with octagonal moulded crown post on hollow chamfered knee braced tie beam
and plain section crown post downbraced to tie beam to rear. Smoke blackened
roof timbers throughout in hall and cross wing. Mid C17 wing with clasped
purlin roof. Plain dado panelling with cornice to ceiling with fillet and
ovolo moulded ceiling joists with small mid C18 room to rear with raised and
fielded panelled dado and moulded wooden fire surround. Quirk and tongue stop
chamfered beams elsewhere. Stair landing with mid C18 rail with turned balusters.
William Cowper (Bart, 1642) for long lived at Ratling and is said to have
planned additions and the ceiling in of the hall, the southern wing was dated
1637 but the date is now lost. The house, originally built for the de Ratling
family long remained a possession of the Earls Cowper.(See B.O.E. Kent II,
1983, 127; see also H.B.A.C. report August 1985;see also Hasted,X,252;see
also E.W.Parkin, AC ,XCII, 1976)
Listing NGR: TR2398153690
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Source: English Heritage
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