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Description: New Biddenden Stores
The Maydes Restaurant
Ye Ancient House
Date Listed: 4 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 180154
OS Grid Reference: TQ8506538392
OS Grid Coordinates: 585065, 138392
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1149, 0.6427
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BIDDENDEN HIGH STREET
5272 (south side)
No 5 (Ye Ancient House)
Nos 7, 9 and 11 (The Maydes
No 13 (New Biddenden Stores)
TQ 8538 16/51 4.6.52.
This timber-framed range, with a slightly curved front is reputed to have
been one of the workshops of the weavers who were numerous in Biddenden in
the Middle Ages. The 1st floor was one continuous workroom where the looms
were fixed. C16 or earlier. Two storeys and attics timber framed with painted
brick infilling. Tiled roof. Thirteen windows and 9 hipped dormers in all.
Casement windows with diamond-shaped or small square leaded panes. No 3 has
2 small bays on the ground floor and a continuous tiled canopy over them.
Nos 5 and 7 each have one oriel window on the 1st floor of 2 tiers of 7 lights
with wooden mullions and transoms and 3 brackets below each. Two obtusely-pointed
doorways below with 'Tate Door' inscribed over these and above this a carved
and painted head of a bearded man, said to have been taken from a wrecked
ship of the Spanish Armada, the whole now covered by a tiled canopy, Nos 11
and 13 have similar oriel windows of 8 lights each. Nos 9 and 15 have slightly
projecting windows of 4 lights without brackets. Two-thirds of No 15 is stuccoed
with a good modern shop window on the ground floor complete with glazing bars
and one sash window with glazing bars above, also an iron bracket supporting
a lantern. No 17 has 2 oriel windows, one of 7 lights and one of 6 lights,
and 2 modern shop windows with a continuous tiled canopy above these. Contemporary
paving of Bethersden marble forms footpath in front and extending to south
east about 12 yards.
Listing NGR: TQ8508938380
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Source: English Heritage
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