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Little Lucys Cottage, Hildenborough

Description: Little Lucys Cottage

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 February 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179583

OS Grid Reference: TQ5542448190
OS Grid Coordinates: 555424, 148190
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2118, 0.2238

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 NE
5/149 Little Lucy's Cottage

Small house. Probably a late C18 rebuilding of an earlier house with
considerable re-use of C17 timbers. Ground floor English bond brick on a
ragstone rubble plinth; first floor tile-hung; peg-tile roof; brick stacks.

Plan and Development: South-facing single depth plan, 2 rooms wide, with an
entrance into a stair hall to right of centre. The left hand room, which is
slightly larger, was the hall-kitchen and is heated from a massive left end
stack with a bread oven. The right hand end of the house may have been
divided into 2 unheated service rooms, the present right end stack is probably
C20 and is not tied into the end wall. The rear (north) outshut is an
addition, probably of the C19. The house is sited east of and close to Lucy's
Farmhouse (q.v.) and may have been part of the same complex.

Exterior: 2 storeys and attic. Asymmetrical 3-window front, the roof gabled
at ends, the projecting left end stack with tile-hung set-offs, both chimney
shafts with corbelled brick cornices. Steps up to a 6-panel C19 front door,
upper panels glazed, with a flat porch hood. 2 bricks to the door jamb are
dated 1766, with the initials MH and AH. The windows are C19 timber casements
with glazing bars: 3-light to the left (west) of the door, 2-light to the
right with a one-light window above. A blocked opening with a segmental brick
arch to the right of the front door suggests the existence of a cellar; the
front elevation is buttressed at the left end. The ragstone plinth stops
short at the outshut, which has a catslide roof and a C20 porch.

Interior: Extensive C17 carpentry, most of the ceiling beams apparently re-
used. The principal west room has a ceiling of intersecting moulded beams
with scroll stops and hollow-chamfered stopped joists, all apparently
truncated to fit the room. The exposed joists in the east end room also
appear to be re-used, and the crossbeam with redundant mortises for a
partition may also be secondary. The dog-leg stair, which rises to the attic,
is probably late C18 with a moulded handrail. Early joinery includes late
C17-C18 ledged plank doors.

Roof: Tie-beam roof with staggered butt purlins, the construction is
concealed over the left (west) end but appears to be consistent throughout.
The tie beams are supported on wall posts, some with chamfered square-cut

An attractive small traditional house of the region.

Listing NGR: TQ5542448190

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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