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Tithe Ward Farmhouse, Hadlow

Description: Tithe Ward Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 February 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179534

OS Grid Reference: TQ6338948377
OS Grid Coordinates: 563389, 148377
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2112, 0.3378

Location: Three Elm Lane, Hadlow, Kent TN11 0BN

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

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Listing Text

TQ 64 NW
6/98 Tithe Ward Farmhouse

Former farmhouse. Early C16, much altered and rebuilt in late C16/early C17,
some late C19 alterations, modernised circa 1950. Exposed timber-framing on
red brick footings, framing is nogged with brick at ground floor level; brick
stacks, the main stack chimneyshaft includes some late C16/early C17 brick;
peg-tile roof.

Plan: House is set back from the lane and is end onto it to the south west.
It has a 4-room plan. The rear room section is lower than the rest and was a
former stable brought into domestic use in the C20. The front room section is
probably a late C19 extension. It houses the present kitchen, has a narrow
projecting lateral stack on the left (north west) side and contains the C20
main staircase. The room behind was an unheated service room. Behind it is
the large parlour/living room with an axial stack backing onto the former

Thus, is appears, the late C16/early C17 house had a 2-room plan. The former
stable section however is early C16 and was probably the hall of a late
medieval house. It seems to have been down-graded to agricultural use when
the late C16/early C17 house was built. Original direct entry into the
parlour/living room in the north west side but now main entrance towards front
of right (south east) side. The front room section appears to be late C19
but, if so, was built in the same style as the late C16/early C17 section.

House is 2 storeys with attics in the roofspace of the late C16/early C17
section. Single storey C20 utility room extension on right side.

Exterior: The front gable end has a late C19 canted bay window. The 2 ground
floor windows like the others around the house are C20 casements with a leaded
rectangular-pane effect. The framing has curving tension braces at first
floor level and the gable has late C19 bargeboards cut through with 2 rows of
cusped trefoils. C20 porch projects to right with double sliding glass doors
and.alongside a small window set with c19 leaded glass. The left side (to the
north west) has an irregular 1:4-window front. At the left end the lower 2-
bay section of the former stable/late medieval hall. At the right end the
single bay of the late C19 extension in the same style as the late C16/early
C17 section. It is 3 uneven bays; narrow left bay is the width of the main
stack, the wide bay for the parlour/living room and shorter right bay to the
former service room. All these bays, and the C19 one, have single tension
braces at first floor level on the left side of the wall posts. The main roof
is gable-ended. The lower stable roof is hipped.

Interior: The structure of the late C16/early C17 section is well-preserved.
The service room and chamber above have plain chamfered axial beams with
joists of large scantling. The parlour living room has chamfered and scroll-
stopped axial beams, and the joists are chamfered with stepstops. Chamber
above has a 4-panel intersecting beam ceiling. Large brick fireplace with
chamfered oak lintel includes various small niches and, an oven doorway
through the right cheek. The oven housing has been removed to enable access
through to the end room. Roof over this section carried on collared tie-beam
trusses with clasped side purlins and queen struts. Original common rafters.
The truss in front of the stack has massive wall posts and the rail at first
floor level suggests that it was a closed truss before the fireplace was
built. This may be part of the late medieval house but the stable section/the
former hall was lower and narrower. The roof is rebuilt above tie-beam level.
The cambered tie-beam is arch-braced making a 4-centred arch with chamfered

Listing NGR: TQ6340548328

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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