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Old Cloth Workers Hall The Old Cloth Hall, Biddenden

Description: Old Cloth Workers Hall The Old Cloth Hall

Grade: I
Date Listed: 4 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 180177

OS Grid Reference: TQ8511138503
OS Grid Coordinates: 585111, 138503
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1159, 0.6434

Locality: Biddenden
Local Authority: Ashford Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN27 8AQ

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Listing Text

5272 (west side)
The Old Cloth Hall or
Old Cloth Workers Hall
TQ 8538 16/73 4.6.52.

This was the dwelling-place and one of the workshops of the cloth workers
who were numerous in Biddenden in the Middle Ages. Later the building was
divided into 8 houses which were separated on the ground and 1st floors but
were inter-connected in the attics. The whole is now one residence. The
main portion is C15. The east end facing the road was added or altered in
the C17. Timber-framed range with plaster infilling, the east end close-studded,
the ground floor mostly rebuilt in brick, now painted: 6 small tile hung gables,
some with carved bargeboards. Tiled roof. Casement windows, mostly with
diamond-shaped leaded panes. At the east end is a bay on the ground and 1st
floors with a window of 2 tiers of 7 lights and wooden mullions and transoms.
On the first floor below the 3 westernmost gables are similar oriel windows
of 5 lights, the westernmost one with 2 wooden brackets beneath it, the others
with a plaster cove beneath. Between the easternmost of the oriel windows
and the bay at the east end is a slight projection on the ground floor with
a sloping tiled roof and a roundheaded recess. Two storeys and attics in
gables: 8 windows facing north. The east front has one window. Its first
floor oversails on a moulded bressumer and brackets. Oversailing gable above
with the date 1672 and the initials E S (Edmund Stede). On the ground floor
is a similar bay of 7 lights and a similar oriel window above with a plaster
cove beneath it. The south front is faced with red brick on the ground floor
and tile hung above: 7 gables, some of them oversailing. Projecting bay on
1st floor beneath the easternmost gable.

Listing NGR: TQ8511738505

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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