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West Range at Sissinghurst Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Cranbrook, Kent

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1157 / 51°6'56"N

Longitude: 0.5815 / 0°34'53"E

OS Eastings: 580776

OS Northings: 138324

OS Grid: TQ807383

Mapcode National: GBR PT1.XHC

Mapcode Global: VHJN7.1771

Entry Name: West Range at Sissinghurst Castle

Listing Date: 9 June 1952

Last Amended: 19 May 1986

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1346285

English Heritage Legacy ID: 168877

Location: Cranbrook, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN17

County: Kent

District: Tunbridge Wells

Civil Parish: Cranbrook & Sissinghurst

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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Listing Text

CRANBROOK BIDDENDEN ROAD
TQ 83 NW (north side)
Sissinghurst
4/26 West Range at
Sissinghurst Castle
9.6.52 (formerly listed as part
of Sissinghurst Castle)
GV I

Stable range, now house and 2 flats. Circa 1490, restored and altered C1930-40,
for Sir Harold Nicholson and Vita Sackville-West. Red brick with rubbed red
brick mouldings. Plat band to right of centre and a gabled projections. Plain
tiled roofs, hipped with deep gablet to left, gabled with tumbled parapet to
right. end stack to right, tall ridge stack off-centre to right and circa 1930
stack with projecting buttressed chimney breast to front towards left-hand end.
Return tumble-parapetted gabled projections to left and right of centre, with
single 3-centred arched windows with simple Perpendicular-style brick tracery in
recessed surrounds under brick drip-moulds on first and attic floors. Very
wide 3-centred arched recesses on ground floor with boarded doors in recess.
Two storeys and attics in centre and to right with 4 gabled dormers. Irregular
fenestration of 14 windows on the first floor, including the 2 arched and
traceried windows in the gabled projections and a third, without recess or drip-
mould, 5 windows from the left. Five windows on the ground floor. Wooden case-
ments with diamond lattice glazing in rubbed brick surrounds. Boarded doors
in recesses below gabled projections, as well as to right of centre, and towards
right-hand end with flat hood. Central archway between projections, with 3-
centred arched surround and stone mouldings. Drip-mould and crests in the
spandrels. To the rear, the arch is flanked by buttresses topped by moulded
octagonal brick chimneys with a parapetted gable in between at roof level.
Moulded octagonal pinnacle to gable with round panel below over brick mullioned
window with drip-mould. Similar irregular fenestration as east front, and
boarded doors to left and right ends and to right of centre. This was the
entrance range of a house earlier than that later built to the east by
Sir Richard Baker who inherited in 1558. The coat of arms over the inner arch-
way, dated 1548, was brought from Carnock in Stirlingshire. See N Nicholson,
Sissinghurst Castle, National Trust, 1983.


Listing NGR: TQ8077038394

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