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Mansers, Hildenborough

Description: Mansers

Grade: II
Date Listed: 26 June 1980
English Heritage Building ID: 179607

OS Grid Reference: TQ5473049525
OS Grid Coordinates: 554730, 149525
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2240, 0.2145

Location: Nizels Lane, Hildenborough, Kent TN11 8NX

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

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Listing Text

TQ 54 NW
4/174 Mansers


House, converted from 3 C17 and C18 farmbuildings in the 1930s by an architect
called Manser (information from the owners). Framed construction with peg-
tile roofs; brick stacks.

Plan and Development: 3 adjoining ranges forming an approximate overall U
plan. The west and east ranges, both on a north south axis, are linked by a
single-storey north range at right angles. The east range is the main part of
the house and originated as a 5-bay threshing barn with opposed doors, the
northern most bay either an addition or a rebuilding. The conversion involved
infilling the doorways with framing and inserting a floor and stack. The 4-
bay north range is said to be a former cow byre and forms an entrance hall.
The west range incorporates a 1930s garage with accommodation over and may
have originated as an C18 hay barn. The conversion has involved some
alterations to the roof construction of the east and west ranges and the
insertion of casement windows throughout.

Exterior: Exposed framing throughout on brick plinths with a set of 1930s
timber casement windows of various different sizes. The north elevation is
the present entrance front with the 4-bay north range in the centre flanked by
the gabled end of the east range to the left and the half-hipped end of the
west range to the right. 1930s plank and cover strip front door into the
north range, recessed behind 1930s curving braces imitating the central bay of
a Wealden House. The end of the east range has a 1930s single-storey porch
addition under a 2-span roof. Pair of 1930s garage doors in the end of the
west range with a segmental arched lintel. The east range (the former
threshing barn) has straight tension braces above the middle rail in the bays
flanking the former full-height threshing doors and retains the massive hinges
from which the doors were hung. The framing of the north end bay is slightly
different and it may be an addition or a rebuilding. The 1930s inserted stack
re-uses old bricks in the shaft. The rear (south) elevation of the north
range is 4-bays, the wall posts with concave braces, the bays perhaps
originally open. There is a 1930s plank and cover strip door with a rounded
head leading into the entrance hall. The 3-bay west range framing is of
slender scantling with straight up braces above the middle rail.

Interior: Good quality 1930s joinery throughout the east range. An unglazed
C17 or C18 window with stanchions and a pegged frame exists on the party wall
between the north and east ranges; it is not necessarily in situ.

Roof: The east range has a butt purlin roof with no ridge board, with
considerable repair and replacement of the timbers. Redundant mortises show
that braces below the tie-beam have been removed on the west side for the
insertion of a first floor axial passage. The west range has a side purlin

An interesting example of a 1930s farmbuilding conversion.

Listing NGR: TQ5473049525

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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