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Lower Street Farmhouse, Hildenborough

Description: Lower Street Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 February 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179580

OS Grid Reference: TQ5457148176
OS Grid Coordinates: 554571, 148176
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2119, 0.2116

Location: Lower Street, Hildenborough, Kent TN11 8PT

Locality: Hildenborough
Local Authority: Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN11 8PT

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Listing Text

TQ 54 NW
4/144 Lower Street Farmhouse

Former farmhouse. Late C17 with C18 alteration and a C19 rear addition.
Framed construction, the main range underbuilt on the ground floor in Flemish
bond brick with blue headers, a moulded fascia board at first floor level and
the upper storey tile-hung with bands of scalloped tiles. Rear wing nogged
with brick to the ground floor, C19 addition tile-hung on the first floor with
brown shaped tiles; peg-tile roof; brick stacks.

Plan: Sited end on to the road, facing east. The framed building is L plan,
the main block 2-rooms wide with an entrance into a central passage containing
the stair, parlour to the left (south) kitchen to the right, with an unheated
rear right service room. In the C18 the house was refurbished, re-windowed
and may have been partly underbuilt in brick at the same time. In the C19 the
house was extended by a heated kitchen wing filling in the rear left corner,
roofed on a north south axis and effectively giving the house a double depth
plan and involving the re-use of the old kitchen as a second parlour.

Exterior: 2 storeys, attic and cellar. Roof hipped at right (north) end of
the main range, gabled at the left, gabled at the rear of the service wing;
massive projecting right end double stack, serving the old kitchen fireplace.
Slightly asymmetrical 3-window front with steps up to an almost central C18 6-
panel front door with an overlight and flat porch hood on brackets. 2 ground
floor tripartite sash windows, possibly C18 in origin but reglazed with C19 4-
pane sashes. The 3 first-floor windows have C18 moulded architraves and are
glazed with C19 4-pane sashes. 3 first floor attic dormers with hipped roofs
and probably C19 2-light casements with glazing bars. The rear elevation has
C20 windows.

Interior: Chamfered stopped ceiling beam to the 2 ground floor rooms, the
right (north) room in the main range has a massive kitchen fireplace, almost
the whole width of the room, with an oak lintel and a brick strainer arch in
the chimney breast. C19 dog-leg stair. Jowled wall posts to the wall-framing
visible upstairs. Some C18 joinery survives on the first floor including 2-
panel doors and a fitted wall cupboard.

Roof: Inaccessible at time of survey (1988) but the rear wing retains old

Lower Street is said to have been the home of the Children family, one of the
most successful yeoman families of the district, from at least the C13
('Dachurst Manor and Selby's Farm', text of a talk by J.M. Edwards to the
Leigh Historical Society, 21.2.86).

Group value with listed farmbuildings on the site.

Listing NGR: TQ5458948148

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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