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Description: James House Including Garden Walls Adjoining to Rear
Date Listed: 20 October 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 179527
OS Grid Reference: TQ6360050252
OS Grid Coordinates: 563600, 150252
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2280, 0.3417
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HADLOW MAIDSTONE ROAD
TQ 65 SW
3/91 James House including garden
walls adjoining to rear
House. Late C17, with some C19 and C20 modernisation. White-washed Flemish
bond brick on sandstone footings; brick stacks and chimneyshafts; peg-tile
Plan: Double depth plan house facing west north west, say west. 2 rooms wide
and 2 rooms deep. Larger main rooms to front have end stacks (kitchen to
right and parlour to left) with unheated service rooms to rear. Central front
entrance now directly into former kitchen (present entrance hall). Originally
there was probably a passage through the house to the staircase which projects
to rear. Second passage behind parlour from left (north) doorway to the foot
of the stairs. Partition between former kitchen/entrance hall and rear
service room has been removed. Each end of the front are single storey one-
room plan extensions. The right (southern) one is larger with an end stack
and is now used as a kitchen.
Main house is 2 storeys with attics in the roofspace and additions are single
Exterior: Main house has a symmetrical 3-window front of C19 12-pane sashes
under flat brick arches. Central doorway up one stone step contains original
bead-moulded doorframe under a flat-roofed hood on shaped timber brackets.
C19 8-panel door. Flat brick band at first floor level. Plain deep eaves and
tall roof is hipped both ends. It contains 2 flat-roofed dormers with 9-pane
sash windows. Extensions each side of the front contain, to left, a single
C19 16-pane sash and, to right, 2 C20 mullion-and-transom windows. Both have
hipped roofs. Left end extension is a porch and contains a doorway with side
lights and hood similar in style to the front doorway. Rear elevation is less
regular but looks more original containing flat-faced mullion-and-transom
windows with rectangular panes of leaded glass. Most are replacements from
the early C20 but a couple are probably original; the dormers certainly are.
Stair block contains an early C20 door from the garden terrace onto the first
half landing. Its roof is hipped.
Interior: Has been modernised in the C19 and C20 but most of the structure is
thought to be original. Some is exposed. Former kitchen crossbeam is
chamfered with runout stops and some of the framing'of the ground floor
partitions is exposed. Roof of collared tie-beam trusses with staggered butt
purlins. Some original joinery survives includingabox cornice in the
parlour and a good dogleg stair; moulded boards over the closed string, square
newel posts with moulded pendants, moulded flat handrail and turned balusters.
The fireplaces have been blocked or altered and most of the joinery is C19 or
The garden wall to rear of the left (north) end includes several builds. The
section nearest the house is probably late C17, flying bond red brick with
decorative burnt headers. The rest is probably earlier than the house. It is
built of ragstone blocks laid to rough courses and the (southern) garden side
is faced with Flemish bond small red bricks. Top courses similar to the other
Listing NGR: TQ6360050252
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Source: English Heritage
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