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Keepers Cottage, Hildenborough

Description: Keepers Cottage

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 February 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179605

OS Grid Reference: TQ5451650052
OS Grid Coordinates: 554516, 150052
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2287, 0.2116

Location: Nizels Lane, Hildenborough, Kent TN11 8NU

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

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Listing Text

TQ 55 SW
1/172 Keepers Cottage

Cottage, probably a fragment of a larger house. Circa early/mid C17 or
earlier, with a probably C18 or C19 outshut and extensive C19 underbuilding.
Framed construction, thoroughly underbuilt in brick; tile-hung to the first -
floor with bands of ornamental tiles; peg-tile roof; ragstone rubble stack
with a very tall handmade brick shaft.

Plan: The house faces approximately north. 2-cell cottage with a later
outshut, possibly originally the inner room and buttery of a larger house,
truncated at the left (east) end. The left hand room is heated from a massive
projecting stack and has high quality carpentry. The smaller right hand room
is unheated with a stair rising in the rear right (south west), corner. The
partition between the 2 rooms has been removed.

Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 2-window front with a probably C20 gabled
porch in the centre. 2 first floor and one ground floor 2-light C19 or C20
casement windows with small panes.

Interior: The principal room preserves high status C17 carpentry: an
intersecting beam ceiling, the beams chamfered and stopped with exposed
joists, some chamfered on one side only. The main crossbeam projects into the
outshut with a mortise for a post. The fireplace has a chamfered oak lintel.
On the first floor some of the rear wall frame is exposed with large tension
braces. An unglazed 3-light rear left mullioned window on the first floor now
overlooks the outshut.

Roof: Concealed behindplasterboard although pre-C19 rafters are visible.

Listing NGR: TQ5451650052

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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