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Description: Lime Tree House
Date Listed: 20 October 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 179508
OS Grid Reference: TQ6338049803
OS Grid Coordinates: 563380, 149803
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2240, 0.3383
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HADLOW HIGH STREET (north side)
TQ 63 49
7/72 Lime Tree House (formerly
listed as Nos 2 and 4 The
House and shop, formerly a pair of houses. Late C17/early C18 with some C19
and C20 modernisation. Flemish bond red brick, end walls are timber-framed
clad with peg-tile above first floor level, rear kitchen block is English bond
brick at ground floor level, timber-framed above clad with peg-tile and
painted weatherboards; brick stacks and chimneyshafts; peg-tile roof.
Plan and Development: Main block is built parallel to the street and faces
south east. It has a 4-room plan, 2 rooms each side of the central axial
stack with serves back-to-back fireplaces. It is now one property but was
built as a pair of small mirror-plan houses, one each side of the stack.
Integral rear outshots include a stair block to rear of the right heated room
although trimmers in the joists over the left heated room suggests that there
was once a stair inside the room there. One-room plan kitchen block projects
at right angles to rear near the right end. It has a gable-end stack. It may
be an earlier C17 building incorporated into the late C17/early C18 house.
Another rear block projects at right angles and overlaps the left end. It has
a one-room plan and has an outer lateral stack. It too appears to be an
earlier C17 building but was refurbished in the C19. 2 storeys and main block
has attics in the roofspace.
Exterior: Regular 4-window front was probably symmetrical originally and is
nearly so now. The ground floor has 2 C20 shops, each has a central door with
large windows each side containing glazing bars. Second doorway each end
containing C20 doors. C20 casements to first floor and hipped-roof attic
dormers in original openings. Flat brick band projects at first floor level.
Plain eaves. Roof is half-hipped each end and part of the shaped chimneyshaft
is late C17/early C18. Both rear blocks are gable-ended and contain C20
casements with glazing bars. The outer side of the left rear block (onto
School Lane) includes a C19 doorway with loading hatch doorway above.
Interior: The rear blocks probably contain the oldest fabric but most is
hidden behind plaster. The left rear block is said to include timber-framed
walls of large scantling with curving tension braces. The ground floor of the
right rear block has a 4-panel intersecting beam ceiling, chamfered crossbeams
but the main axial beam is boxed in. The fireplace is blocked and the owner
reported that its lintel had burnt through. Above is the tie-beam of a
formerly closed truss but the roofspace here and in the left rear block is
In the main block all the rooms have axial beams. Most are plain chamfered
but that in the left heated room has step stops and that in the right end
first floor chamber has scroll stops. Large ground floor fireplaces are brick
with oak lintels. First floor right fireplace has a probably late C17/early
C18 chimneypiece. First floor includes a great deal of late C17/early C18
joinery detail including 2-panel doors, plank doors with strap hinges and
cupboards. Straight flight stair is broken through towards the bottom but
this lower newel post is original, square section with a carved monster
finial. Stair has a closed string with moulded handrail and turned bulbous
balusters. Main block roof of A-frame trusses with staggered butt purlins.
Lime Tree House is one of a good group of varied listed buildings in the
centre of Hadlow.
Listing NGR: TQ6338049803
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Source: English Heritage
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