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Costens Park End Cottages, Hadlow

Description: Costens Park End Cottages

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 February 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179451

OS Grid Reference: TQ6292150947
OS Grid Coordinates: 562921, 150947
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2345, 0.3323

Location: Carpenter's Lane, Hadlow, Kent TN11 0EY

Locality: Hadlow
Local Authority: Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN11 0EY

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Listing Text

TQ 65 SW
3/15 Costens (Park End Cottages
on O.S.) )

House, formerly 2 cottages. Probably late C16/early C17 origins, massively
rebuilt in early C18, the 2 cottages were knocked together and modernised
circa 1980. Blocks of ragstone laid to rough courses with red brick
dressings, each gable end is English bond red brick above first floor level;
brick stacks and chimneyshafts; peg-tile roof.

Plan: Formerly a pair of mirror-plan cottages facing south east. Each
central front doorway was direct entry into the larger outer room with a
gable-end stack. Originally stairs rose behind the front doors; they no
longer remain. Inner service rooms formerly shared a C19 rear lateral stack
with was demolished circa 1980. Present stair was built circa 1980 in right
service room and rises from secondary rear outshots. The roof structure
suggests late C16/early C17 origins. Maybe the timbers are reused but they
may suggest earlier origins. House is 2 storey with lean-to single-storey
outshots to rear.

Exterior: Overall 4-window front of replacement C20 casements with glazing
bars. Each former cottage has a symmetrical 2-window arrangement about a
central doorway, both containing C20 glazed doors. Doorways and ground floor
windows have low segmental arches. Doorways and all the windows have brick
quoins and brick quoins to each end corner. Brick flat band at first floor
level and brick eaves cornice including cogged bricks. Roof is gable-ended.
Rear dormer windows of circa 1980.

Interior: Modernised circa 1970 but circa 1700 structure is essentially
intact. The end rooms have brick fireplaces with plain oak lintels (the left
one replaced) and both once had ovens. Both rooms have chamfered crossbeams,
the lefcone with step stops. Throughout the house there is a great deal of
reused timber from a late C16/early 17 house. The roof is carried on 6
collared tie-beam trusses with clasped side purlins and queen struts. These
are probably reused but may indicate that the cottages included part of the
shell of an earlier timber-framed house. _

Listing NGR: TQ6279251063

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

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