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Description: Hadlow Place
Date Listed: 20 October 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 179531
OS Grid Reference: TQ6293748218
OS Grid Coordinates: 562937, 148218
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2099, 0.3313
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HADLOW THREE ELM PLACE, GOLDEN GREEN
TQ 64 NW
6/95 Hadlow Place
Mansion. Early/mid C16 with later C16 and C17 improvements including a major
late C17 refurbishment, thoroughly modernised circa 1970 with new entrance
hall and library wing. The older parts are timber-framed on sandstone
footings but most is plastered, some early English bond brick, late C17 and
C20 Flemish bond brick, the former with occasional burnt headers; brick stacks
and chimneyshafts; peg-tile roof.
Plan and Development: The house faces south west onto the garden, and its
irregular plan has evolved through successive building phases. The front
range has a 3-room plan. Entrance porch left of centre provides direct entry
into left end of hall with rear lateral stack. Parlour at left (north west)
end with rear lateral stack and former kitchen to right in a crosswing.
Kitchen originally projected a short distance forward but circa 1970 was taken
back flush with the main front. It also projects back with a rear end stack.
At the back of the kitchen crosswing is a range parallel to the front range
and projecting both sides of the kitchen. At ground floor level it has
unheated service rooms (now used as the C20 kitchen) and has a stair alongside
(east) of the stack and the first floor was originally a long and narrow room
heated by a fireplace backing onto the kitchen stack. It looks like a small
long gallery and has since been subdivided. Behind the hall is the present
main entrance hall and staircase and behind the parlour a library with a stack
backing onto the entrance hall. Both entrance hall and library were new-built
Much of the evidence of the early house and its development is hidden or has
been removed. Nevertheless it seems that the front range is the historic
core, possibly early/mid C16 3-room-and-through-passage plan hall house.
However most of the exposed carpentry suggests later C16 and early C17 dates.
The gallery block is mid C17. The front was faced with brick in the late C17.
House is 2 storeys with attics in the roofspace.
Exterior: Assymmetrical 2:1:3-window front. All the windows have low
segmental brick arches. The right end 2-window section was rebuilt circa 1970
in the same style as the rest and contains 16-pane sashes. Other windows are
C19 or replacements. The hall (right of the porch) has a large tripartite
sash containing a central 20-pane sash. First floor window above and parlour
window to left have tripartite sashes with central 12-pane sashes and first
floor windows left of porch have 12-pane sashes. First floor porch window a
casement with glazing bars. Front porch doorway is surprisingly small and
contains a C20 Tudor-style door. Flat band across the front at first floor
level. Projecting brick eaves cornice including a frieze of cogged bricks.
Roof is hipped both ends and porch roof is hipped. The right (south eastern)
side wall shows close-studded framing at first floor level. The gallery wing
projects to right with late C16/early C17 brick side wall and hipped roof.
The end has a contemporary oak 4-light ovolo-moulded mullioned window with
central transom, moulded sill and plastered coved brackets. There is another
in the rear wall. The plastered south eastern side of the rear wall also
contains 2 C17 or early C18 first floor windows containing rectangular panes
of old leaded glass. Near the right end a gabled half dormer is jettied and
there are deep overhanging eaves on shaped timber brackets. The rest of the
b;ck is the C20 entrance and library. Doorway has double panelled doors in
Tudor style behind a flat-roofed Tuscan porch. The library is in the same
style as the front with various 12 and 16-pane sashes.
Interior: Although much modernised the structure of the older parts appears
to be largely intact although much of the carpentry is hidden by later
plaster. Parlour and hall have stone Tudor arch fireplaces with moulded
surrounds and carved spandrels including the initials HA. Plainer versions in
the chambers above. Parlour is lined with very high quality oak linenfold
panelling which includes, on the overmantel, expertly carved panels featuring
a coat of arms-, profiles and figures. Hall has chamfered axial beam with bar-
scroll stops and moulded joists, probably early/mid C17. Kitchen firepalce is
blocked and beams here are chamfered with step stops. One of the chambers
above is lined with C17 oak small field panelling. The stair up to the
gallery wing has been mended and rearranged but is basically late C17 with
splat balusters. Gallery features date from first half of C17. Large stone
fireplace with Tudor arch, moulded surround and one of the spandrels is carved
with the initials of Henry Vane. Oak doorways either side have moulded
surrounds with a kind of urn stops and both contain good ancient doors. Broad
moulded oak cornice around the room stepping up over the windows.
Gallery roof structure is plastered over. Kitchen wing roof replaced after a
fire. Roof over the front range is late C17, a series of tie-beam trusses
with curving collars, evidence of raking struts and has butt purlins. Parlour
end truss has a broad straight collar that is moulded on its inside lower
edge; its purpose unknown. The kitchen end truss may be earlier since it has
clasped side purlins.
Hadlow Place is an impressive small mansion with a great deal of good C16 and
C17 craftsmanship. According to the previous list description it was once
moated. It was occupied by the important Vane family through the C16 and C17.
Sources: E. Hasted. History of Kent, Vol. 2 (1798) second edition. pp.182-3.
Listing NGR: TQ6293748218
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Source: English Heritage
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