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Forge House, Wadhurst

Description: Forge House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 31 December 1982
English Heritage Building ID: 296838

OS Grid Reference: TQ6370032100
OS Grid Coordinates: 563700, 132100
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0649, 0.3349

Location: Green Square, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 6SL

Locality: Wadhurst
Local Authority: Wealden District Council
County: East Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: TN5 6SL

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Listing Text

In the entry for:-


15/410 Forge House
(formerly nos 1 and 2
Forge House)


The description shall be amended to read:-

House, formerly a pair of cottages. Probably late C17 or early C18 remodelling of an
earlier house, extended and converted in to a row of 3 cottages and a forge in C19.
Timber-framed, brick faced on front with tile-hanging above, tile-hung left hand gable
end, but timber-framing exposed at rear with rendered panels. Brick outshut. Plain
tile roof with gabled ends. Brick gable end stacks. Plan: The existing house has a
2-room plan each room heated from gable end stacks, a doorway to right of centre
directly into the right hand room, a straight staircase on the left side of the central
partition and an outshut behind the left hand room with doorway. There is a doorway in
the left hand end into a rear axial passage which was taken out of the left hand room.
3 wall posts, probably of the earlier, pre late Cl7 or early C18 structure have recently
been discovered in the rear wall. They rise to about 1 metre above first floor level
and have been extended apparently when the house was raised to a full 2 storeys in
circa late Cl7 or early C18. The timber frame structure also incorporates reused
timber presumably from this earlier house. The outshut at the back is a circa C19
addition, probably added when the house was converted into a pair of cottages. The
adjoining range to the right (not included in the listing) was a third cottage and forge
which were probably also added in C19. Later in the C19 or early C20 a wing was built -
onto the front of the right hand cottage. Recently the 2 left-hand cottages have
reverted back into one house, 'The Forge' and the right hand cottage with its front wing
and former forge is now a separate property. Exterior: 2 storeys and attic. Asym-
metrical 4-window range. C19 2 and 3-light iron frame casements with small panes.
Small later facsimile 1-light casement on first floor. Doorway to right of centre has
C20 plank door. At the rear a brick outshut on right and exposed timber-framing on left
with rendered panels. Interior: The right hand room has a chamfered axial beam with
cyma stops unchamfered joists and a large brick fireplace with a large timber lintel its
chamfer carved on it later. The left hand room has C20 chamfered ceiling beam. The
first-floor chambers have chamfered axial beams, the right hand with hollow step stops,
the left hand unstopped. Roof: Circa late Cl7 or early C18 common rafter roof incorpora-
ting earlier timbers including screen headbeams used as purlins and a wall plate used as
a principal.


Forge House
(Nos 1 and 2)
TQ 63 SW 15/410
C18. Two storeys. Four windows. Ground floor red brick, above tile-hung.
Tiled roof. Casement windows.

Listing NGR: TQ6370032100

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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