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The Bell Public House, Hadlow

Description: The Bell Public House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 29 January 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179544

OS Grid Reference: TQ6374148290
OS Grid Coordinates: 563741, 148290
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2103, 0.3428

Location: Bourne Park, Hadlow, Kent TN11 0BD

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

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Listing Text

TQ 64 NW
The Bell PH

- II

Inn C15 former 2 bay open hall house with service end ceiling over and chimney
stack inserted in late C16 or early C17, refronted in brickwork c1798 when
stabling added and with L-shaped mid C18 additions to present front which was
originally the rear of the building. Street front mid C19 of red brick with
grey headers (the right side painted) with slate roof with pierced bargeboards.
2 storeys, 3 windows, the left side bay projecting the windows were originally
sashes, the left hand bay tripartite, but are now C20 aluminium. Sashes with
glazing bars between the double glazing. The C15 timber framed rear range is
clad in weatherboarding to one gable end painted brick to other and the rear is
of red brick with grey headers in English board with renewed tiled roof and 2
brick chimneystacks. 2 storeys 4 windows. C20 aluminium-framed sash in
original cambered surrounds. Late C18 panelled door with cambered head.
Attached at each end are early c19 1 storey brick wings, one former stables with
asbestos sheeted roof, one service with tiled roof. Interior has fine C15
moulded octagonal crown post with 4 head brace and collars, arched braces to
ends of former open hall and remains of wattle and daub. 1st floor room under-
neath crown post has chamfered arched tie beam with plain spandrel to one side
with part sawn off (the other side missing). Other end room has arched down
braces and mid c19 plank panelling with beading. Old oak floorboards. 1st
floor has series of early to mid c19 4-panelled doors. Ground floor has late
C16 or early C17 chamfered ceiling beams below former open hall and restaurant
has exposed ceiling beams of square profile probably the original C15 beams.
Stone cellar with slate shelves. In 1853 the Hartlake disaster occurred nearby
when a bridge collapsed and 35 people were killed. The inquest was held in the
pub and the stables were used as a morgue.

Listing NGR: TQ6374148290

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Source: English Heritage

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