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Description: Ranges Round the Stable Yard West of Hadlow Tower, Hadlow Castle
Date Listed: 19 February 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179521
OS Grid Reference: TQ6345349654
OS Grid Coordinates: 563453, 149654
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2227, 0.3393
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HADLOW HIGH STREET (south side)
TQ 63 49
7/85 Ranges round the stable yard
west of Hadlow Tower, Hadlow
Former stables, service building and walls around the stable courtyard north
east of Hadlow Tower, the buildings converted to housing. Along with Hadlow
Tower these buildings are the remains of Hadlow Castle, a large Gothick house
of late C18 origins, dismantled in 1951. Early/mid C19, one of the buildings
dated 1856, with C20 alterations. Cement-rendered brick, matching Hadlow
Tower, roof behind embattled parapets. Gothick.
Plan: Approximately rectangular courtyard with ranges of buildings on the
north, west and east sides, walls on the south side adjoin Hadlow Tower (q.v.)
which is sited in the south west corner of the courtyard. The house lay to
the west of the courtyard and part of its west end wall, now freestanding,
links Hadlow Tower to the west courtyard range. There is an archway into the
courtyard through the north range and a second archway through the east range.
Exterior: The outer elevations of the buildings have been substantially
altered in the course of conversion to houses, the elevations facing the
courtyard are less altered but have a number of C20 windows and doors and
almost certainly include re-used early C19 features. The courtyard elevation
of the north range is asymmetrical and embattled with an approximately central
archway below a gable decorated with fleurons. To the left of the archway an
early C20 door with Gothick panelling and 2 traceried windows, C20 first floor
windows. To the right the elevation is symmetrical, broken forward in the
centre, with tall 2-light Gothick traceried windows to either side. The 2-
centred east range archway has a stepped gable, carved spandrels and a date of
1856. The east range is also embattled with a 2-storey tower to the right of
the archway with an embattled first floor oriel with a timber traceried
window; tall 2-light Gothick traceried window to the left of the archway. The
west range is picturesquely irregular and incorporates a 4-storey and 2-storey
tower to left of centre. Asymmetrical 1:1:1:1:4 window front, the left hand
window in a section of gabled wall that was part of the main house. This
contains a large 3-light Gothick window with an ogee hoodmould, the window
filled with stained glass. To its right an embattled block with a C20 flat-
roofed porch. Adjoining this on the right a 4-storey tower with 4 Gothick
windows with hoodmoulds, the ground floor window preserving early C19 tracery.
A 2-storey tower to the right has a stepped gable and a 2 tier embattled
projection on the front with 2-light C19 Gothick windows. A lower 4-bay block
to the right is buttressed, with C19 Gothick windows and a C20 door. Early
C19 walls to the east and south sides of the courtyard are included in the
listing. The outer elevations of the ranges have suffered some severe
alterations but preserve some C19 features including windows and buttresses
and the west range, in particular, forms a good asymmetrical group at the base
of Hadlow Tower.
Starred for contribution to the setting of an outstanding Grade I building.
Listing NGR: TQ6345349654
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