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Description: Bournside Farmhouse
Date Listed: 19 February 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179446
OS Grid Reference: TQ6318548952
OS Grid Coordinates: 563185, 148952
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2165, 0.3352
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HADLOW BLACKMANS LANE
TQ 64 NW
6/10 Bournside Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Late 015/early C16, massively rebuilt and enlarged in the late
C16/early C17, extensively modernised in the C19, C20 service additions and
some modernisation. Timber-framed but largely underbuilt and faced up with
white-washed C19 brick; brick stacks and chimneyshafts; peg-tile roof.
Plan and Development: U-plan farmhouse. The main block faces north and has a
4-room plan with central lobby entrances front and back. The centre rooms are
larger and between them a large axial stack serves back-to-back fireplaces.
The left (east) room is the kitchen and at the left end a small C20 service
room and another built at the same time projects to rear. Right of the stack
is the dining room/the former hall which has been enlarged to take in the
small end room. The main stair is C19 and to rear of the dining room. One-
room plan parlour wing projects at right angles to rear of the right (west)
end with outer lateral stack.
The present layout has evolved through several modernisations which have
combined to hide or remove most of the evidence of the late medieval house.
Nevertheless, it seems that the dining room was the original hall, a single
bay probably open to the roof. The stack was inserted into the main block and
the present basic layout created in the late C16/early C17. The rear lobby
entrance was then probably the main doorway. The parlour wing was probably
added at the same time or possibly a little later.
House is 2 storeys with attics in the roofspace.
Exterior: Nearly symmetrical 5-window front. Left and bay is the C20
addition and contains casements with glazing bars. Another similar to kitchen
but rest are C19 16-pane sashes and contemporary French window with glazing
bars to the dining room. central doorway contains C19 4-panel door under flat
hood on shaped brackets. The roof is hipped both ends with gablets. The
star-shaped chimneyshaft was rebuilt after the Great Storm of 1987.
The right end, including the parlour wing, has a C20 central porch under a
monopitch roof and above a shallow double-gabled bay is tile hung. Parlour
wing roof is half-hipped and C20 2-storey bay window projects from the end.
All rear windows are C20 casements, mostly with glazing bars.
Interior: Has work of all the building periods. Only the kitchen fireplace
is exposed and it is still partly blocked and has a replacement lintel of
pine. Exposed joists over the kitchen are of large scantling and may be part
of the late medieval house. The main stair, dining room and end room are the
result of the C19 modernisation and no carpentry is exposed here. The lower
part of the stair has stick balusters and a mahogany handrail. The parlour
and chamber above have 4-panel intersecting beam ceiling, chamfered with bar-
scroll stops on the ground floor, and scroll stops only on the first floor.
The framed crosswall in the right end of the main block is partly exposed at
first floor level; large framing with a wide curving tension brace. Attics
include a couple of late C17/early C18 2-panel doors on H-hinges.
Much of the roof structure is hidden but it is clear that most of the main
block and the parlour wing have a late C16/early C17 structure; some type of
side purlin roof. However, one bay remains of the late C15/early C16 roof
over the former hall/present dining room, Closed tie-beam trusses each end
have plain crown posts with curving down braces and up braces to the crown
purlin. The roofspace is not accessible and therefore it is not known whether
this roof is smoke-blackened.
Listing NGR: TQ6318548952
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Source: English Heritage
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