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Jarvis Brook Rotherfield Hall, Rotherfield

Description: Jarvis Brook Rotherfield Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 26 November 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 296677

OS Grid Reference: TQ5429128983
OS Grid Coordinates: 554291, 128983
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0395, 0.1994

Location: Rotherfield, East Sussex TN6 3RP

Locality: Rotherfield
Local Authority: Wealden District Council
County: East Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: TN6 3RP

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Listing Text

In the entry for:-

(east side, off)
Jarvis Brook, Rotherfield

- II

The entry shall be amended to read:-

(east side, off)
Jarvis Brook Rotherfield


House. Dated 1535, and C17; extended and altered 1897 by Francis Inigo Thomas
for Lindsay Lindsay-Hogg; later alterations. Earlier work in coursed squared
stone, C19 work in middlestone brought to course, all with ashlar dressings;
brick stacks; plain tile roofs. The earlier, northern, half was built up in
stages to form a square plan with central courtyard, the north and east ranges
possibly being the earliest parts; the south half built on in 1897 in matching
style. 2 storeys with attic; 11 bays, the 5 northern bays being the earliest.
Windows have hollow-moulded architraves and cyma-moulded hoodmoulds to those not
set below eaves; stone mullions, transoms to most windows; of 2 or 3 lights to
main elevations. East (entrance) elevation: central full-height gabled porch
dated "L/H/A 1897" having steps up to round-arched, nail-studded, panelled door
below canopy supported by columns and with ball-on-cushion finials; 3-light
window over has tripartite keystone in tympanum of segmental pediment. Bays 3
and 9 have embattled, 2-storey, projecting bays each with a 3-light
Perpendicular-style ground-floor window with decorative panel over, and a gabled
attic dormer, that to bay 9 with date "1669". Mullioned cellar windows to bays
8 and 10. Possibly added external stack between right-hand windows has offset
buttress and old brick chimney; other stacks to ridge, to rear roof line and at
left side. Ball finials to gables. Hipped roof. West (garden) elevation:
central full-height gabled porch with round archway to internal porch; "1535"
datestone and some 1-light windows at left end; at right end a wide opening with
central column to 1st-floor loggia; 2 hipped-roofed dormers. Right return:
three 4-light windows to each floor; blocked 3-light cellar windows to left and
right; 3 buttresses with offsets and stones inscribed: "SS/1666" to left,
"LLH/&/ALH" to centre, and "LH/1891" to right. Left return: on left, 3-bay
hipped-roofed projection with 3 rusticated round-arched openings to ground floor
and 2-columned loggia on 1st floor, the doors and windows with small-paned
glazing. Interior: principal features of interest are in the earlier, northern,
part. Ground floor: rear right-hand room has stone Tudor-arched fireplace with
leafy spandrels, "1535" datestone and similarly-dated moulded wooden cornice,
nail-studded panelled doors with raised lozenges and elaborately-decorated
architraves; similar fireplaces in hall and in front right-hand room, which also
has C16-style panelling; rear range at left end has old inglenook fireplace
(with panelled surround of 1908); C19 stair in C17 style. 1st floor: front
range has jewelled wall posts supporting large-scantling cross-beams with
stepped, cyma stops; right range has moulded stone Tudor-arched fireplate to
rear room; rear range has large-scantling chamfered beams with pyramidal, cyma
stops; left range has a corniced hollow-moulded 1-light window in formerly
external wall. Roof: collared principal rafter trusses; bridle-jointed rafters;
chamfered butt purlins staggered in right range, left end of rear range formerly
hipped; rafters formerly between rear range and left range removed, indicating
different building phases. The original house was built for the Fowles family,
who made their wealth in the iron industry. The architectural design of the
house is carried on in its garden setting also designed by Inigo Thomas, and
listed Grade II* in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special
Interest. Country Lift Vol 26 (August 14th 1909), pp. 228-236.
Architectural Review, Vol 34 (1913), pp 19-20.


In the entry for;

(east side, off)

20/257 Jarvis Brook,
Rotherfield Hall


The grade shall be amended to II* (star)


Jarvis Brook
Rotherfield Hall
TQ 52 NW 20/257 26.11.53
The north half of the house is dated 1535. The south half was copied from
it and was added by Inigo Thomas in 1897. Two storeys and attic. Ten windows.
Three gabled dormers. Stone. Tiled roof. Casement windows with stone mullions
and transoms. Three gables with kneelers and ball caps over these and over
the apex. Attic windows in gables. Below the outer gable bays built out on
ground and first floors with castellated parapets over. Modern porch below
central gable. Entrance front dates wholly from 1897 and has this date on

Listing NGR: TQ5429128983

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Source: English Heritage

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