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Great Forge Farmhouse, Hildenborough

Description: Great Forge Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 29 January 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179630

OS Grid Reference: TQ5663849473
OS Grid Coordinates: 556638, 149473
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2230, 0.2417

Location: Riding Lane, Hildenborough, Kent TN11 9LH

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

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Listing Text

TQ 54 NE
5/197 Great Forge Farmhouse


Former farmhouse. Early C16 or earlier in origin with late C16/early C17
alterations. Framed construction, the ground floor underbuilt in Flemish bond
brick of different dates; peg-tile roof, stacks with brick shafts.

Plan: The house faces west. The main block may be the remains of a Wealden
type house. It is 3 rooms wide with a through passage to left of centre,
higher end to the right (south) with the hall stack backing on to the passage.
The inner room is jettied. The service room, to the left (north) was
originally unheated and divided into 2. A circa late C16/early C17 rear
service wing to the north east was probably a kitchen and was originally
heated by a smoke bay. A later outshot has been added along the inner (south)
side of the rear wing.

Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3 window front, the roof gabletted at the
left end, gabled at the right. The right (south) end is jettied to the front
and the return, the left (north) end to the front only. C19 gabled porch to
the cross passage to left of centre. Tudor arched inner door to the porch
with moulded cover strips.' C20 3-light casements with diamond leaded panes
except ground floor right which is a circa late C16/early C17 7-light bay
window with a transom and chamfered mullions. The left end stack is probably
C18 or C19; the rear wing has a large projecting stack with a ragstone base
and paired brick shafts.

Interior: Good survival of late C16/early C17 features. The hall has a
chamfered axial beam with canted stops and an open fireplace with one stone
and one brick jamb and an original lintel. The partition between hall and
inner room has been removed. The inner room has a similarly finished beam to
the hall and exposed joists, a trimmer indicates the position of a former
stair in the outer rear corner. The rear wing has a massive kitchen fireplace
with brick jambs and a bread oven. The chamber over the hall has a blocked
fireplace with a chamfered lintel. Some of the first floor wall-framing
survives with rough jowl posts and large tension braces.

Roof: Clasped purlin roof with evidence of a smoke bay to the rear wing.

Listing NGR: TQ5663849473

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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