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Stable Block and Carriage House Including Walls to the South East, North of Mountains Lodge, Hildenborough

Description: Stable Block and Carriage House Including Walls to the South East, North of Mountains Lodge

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 February 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179613

OS Grid Reference: TQ5616248879
OS Grid Coordinates: 556162, 148879
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2178, 0.2347

Location: Noble Tree Road, Hildenborough, Kent TN11 8ND

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

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Listing Text

TQ 54 NE
5/180 Stable block and carriage
- house including walls to the
south east, north of Mountains


Stable block and carriage house. Probably 1865, contemporary with Mountains
(q.v.) and probably designed by G. Somers Clarke. Carriage house block a
later C19 or early C20 addition. English bond brick with blue diapering, the
clock tower block loft with imitation timber-framing.

Plan: 2 blocks at right angles to one another, forming 2 sides of the stable
yard, the other sides formed by Mountains Lodge (q.v.) to the east and walls.
The stable block to the north is parallel in the road and roofed on an east
west axis, the clock tower block is at right angles, to the south, with later
carriage houses added on the east side, projecting into the yard.

Exterior: 5-bay lofted stable block, the left hand (west) bay gabled to the
south and probably originally used as a tack room. 4 stable doors, door to
the rack room at the left end, sheltered by a carriageway roof. The stables
have 3 gabled attic dormers, the gables framed with ornamental pierced
bargeboards and glazed with original 4-pane casements. The loft door to the
tack room is reached by an ingenious first floor walkway platform from the
clock tower block. 3-bay east elevation to the clock tower block the ground
floor concealed by the carriage house which adjoins it. The deep roof is
hipped with timber finials to the ridge central loft door projecting into the
clock tower gable which is crowned with an elaborate bellcote with a gabled
roof covered with wooden shingles. Loft breathers to left and right of the
loft door. North of the block a carriage entrance with a gabled roof. The
carriage house in front of the clock tower block has a flat roof where it
abuts the block behind and is gabled to the right. 3 late C19 or early C20
paired plank doors with big straphinges; 3-light casement window in the gable.
A C19 cast iron pump survives west of the clock tower block. The stables have
been extended to the west, outside the stable yard, in a sympathetic style.

Interior: Stable block only inspected. This has an arched braced roof, the
braces treated decoratively and springing from stone corbels, the roof boarded
and canted behind the trusses. One original stall partition survives with a
cast iron post. A round-headed brick arch at the west end leads into the tack

An unusually complete example of a well-detailed small-scale High Victorian
stable yard.

Listing NGR: TQ5616248879

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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