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The Plough Inn, Hildenborough

Description: The Plough Inn

Grade: II
Date Listed: 24 June 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 179621

OS Grid Reference: TQ5676146897
OS Grid Coordinates: 556761, 146897
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1998, 0.2424

Location: Leigh Road, Hildenborough, Kent TN11 9AH

Locality: Hildenborough
Local Authority: Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN11 9AH

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Listing Text

TQ 54 NE
5/188 The Plough Inn


Public house. Probably late C15/early C16, remodelled and extended in the
C17, internal alterations of the C20. Framed construction, plastered to the
ground floor, the first floor tile-hung; peg-tile roof; brick stacks.

Plan and Development: Overall T plan. The main block faces east with a rear
wing at right angles. The internal plan has been very altered in the C20
including the removal of internal partitions. The north end of the main block
is the earlier part of the building and was probably a late medieval open hall
with a smoke bay added at the right (north) end, eventually replaced by a
stack, which also serves the north end outshut. The south end of the main
block is probably a C17 remodelling or rebuilding with an C18 or C19 end
stack. The heated rear wing also appears to be C17.

Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3-window front with outshuts at either
end. 2 C20 timber front doors to the main block, doors to the outshuts
planked by one-light C20 windows. 2-, 3- and 4-light C19 cast iron casements
with sexagonal panes. Roof gabled at ends. The right end stack has a
handmade brick triple shaft with a corbelled cornice.

Interior: The ground floor of the main block is now one room. The south end
has a chamfered stopped crossbeam, exposed joists and a probably C17 plank
door in the rear (west) wall with strap hinges. The ceiling carpentry to the
north of this room is different in character with a step-stopped longitudinal
beam and exposed joists. Joists of massive scantling flank the north end
stack on the east side.

Roof: Crown post and tie-beam roof construction over the north end of the
main block, the crown post plain and braced once to the collar purlin and once
to the tie-beam. Evidence of a smoke bay into which the north end stack has
been inserted. The roof over the south end is of the clasped purlin type.
Roof construction of the rear wing inaccessible on survey (1988) but jowled
wall posts are visible.

A complex evolved building which would repay more detailed investigation.
Group value with the barn to the south.

Listing NGR: TQ5676146897

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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