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Latitude: 51.147 / 51°8'49"N
Longitude: 0.3433 / 0°20'35"E
OS Eastings: 563997
OS Northings: 141246
OS Grid: TQ639412
Mapcode National: GBR NR6.3LR
Mapcode Global: VHHQF.WFVK
Entry Name: Romford Farmhouse
Listing Date: 24 August 1990
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1074934
English Heritage Legacy ID: 438489
Location: Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2
District: Tunbridge Wells
Civil Parish: Pembury
Built-Up Area: Pembury
Traditional County: Kent
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent
Church of England Parish: Pembury St Peter
Church of England Diocese: Rochester
TQ 64 SW PEMBURY ROMFORD ROAD
5/424 Romford Farmhouse
Former farmhouse. Late C16/early C17 (possibly earlier origins) later C17
extension, some C19 and C20 modernisations. Timber-framed, the earlier
section is mostly underbuilt with Flemish bond red brick in more than one
phase. Brick stacks and chimneyshafts, the earliest-stack probably has a
stone base and is built inside a timbr-framed smoke bay; peg-tile roof.
Plan: 4-room plan house facing south east. Both end rooms have end stacks,
the right one projecting. There is a central axial stack serving the room
left of centre and it backs onto the present entrance hall. The left hand
(south western) 2-room seciton is the original house. The left end room was
originally an unheated service room with the hall/living room to right and
heated by a smoke bay. Blackened rafters over the hall/living room may suggest
late medieval origins as an open hall house but these could not be examined in
detail and the sooting may have been caused by a leaking smoke bay. The right
hand section appears to be late C19 or early C20 but the outer walls have
mid/late C17 timber frames. However there is no evidence of C17 flooring.
Maybe it was a barn or agricultural building that was brought into domestic
use in the late C19/early C20.
2 storeys with secondary lean-to outshots on the left end and across the rear.
Exterior: The original section has exposed framing at first floor level, 3
uneven bays with large curving tension braces. The addition on the right is
clad with false framing. Irregular 4-window front of various C19 and C20
casements, all have glazing bars except the latest which has leaded
rectangular pane effect. Front doorway is just right of centre and contains a
C20 part-glazed plank door behind a contemporary gabled porch. Main roof is
gable-ended to right and hipped to left.
Interior: The structure of the original house is well-preserved. The framing
of the original end wall behind the fireplace survives intact right down to
the sill. Beams, including the bressummer of the smoke bay, are chamfered
with step stops. 3-bay roof (including the smoke bay) carried on closed tie-
beam trusses with clasped side purlins and queen struts. The fireplace in the
smoke bay is of uncertain date; its sides are plastered and it has a plain oak
lintel. Roof over the extension is also of clasped side purlin construction
but the timbers are of slender scantling. It was probably put up in the C19.
Listing NGR: TQ6399741246
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