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Roadside Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Cranbrook, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1321 / 51°7'55"N

Longitude: 0.5395 / 0°32'22"E

OS Eastings: 577775

OS Northings: 140047

OS Grid: TQ777400

Mapcode National: GBR PSS.Z29

Mapcode Global: VHJN0.9TK0

Entry Name: Roadside Cottage

Listing Date: 19 May 1986

Last Amended: 24 September 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1356155

English Heritage Legacy ID: 169058

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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A house of late C17 or early C18 date. The porch was added in the later C20.


A house of late C17 or early C18 date. The porch was added in the later C20.

MATERIALS: the ground floor is in brown brick in Flemish bond, the upper floors are timber-framed, covered in weather-boarding to the north-west and north-east sides, and tile-hung to the south-east side. The cottage has a half-hipped tiled roof with a central ridge brick chimneystack.

PLAN: a rectangular building of two storeys and attics and three bays with an entrance on the north-east side, a chimneystack in the central bay, and a staircase located behind it.

EXTERIOR: the north-east or entrance front has a central first floor casement window lighting the staircase and a ground floor casement to the sitting room. Most of the ground floor is obscured by a C20 brick porch with a hipped tiled roof, with the entrance flanked by small windows. Both the north-west and south-east sides have a casement window on each floor. The ground floor window on the south-east side is a five bay splayed casement window with a brick base and a hipped tiled roof. The south-west side is attached to Stream Cottage.

INTERIOR: (not inspected 2015) the sitting room has an open fireplace and exposed ceiling beams. The first floor has two bedrooms and there are two further bedrooms on the attic floor.


Roadside Cottage appears to date from the late C17 or early C18. The adjoining Stream Cottage is of earlier date and it is possible that Roadside Cottage was built as a parlour extension to Stream Cottage.

Buildings in this position appear to be shown on Mudge's one inch Ordnance Survey Map of 1801. Roadside Cottage is certainly shown on the 1870 First Edition 25 inch Ordnance Survey map together with the adjoining Stream Cottage and no division is shown on this map between the two. Also on this map an adjoining separate building, which adjoins the stream and partly straddles the mill pond, appears to be Paley Mill, a corn mill, and it is probable that Stream Cottage and the adjoining property, Roadside Cottage were the mill house. The corn mill is still shown on the 1898 second Edition Ordnance Survey map but has been demolished by the 1908 edition.

This property was listed at Grade II in 1986 under its address at the time, 3 Paley Lane.

Reasons for Listing

Roadside Cottage, a late C17 or early C18 cottage, possibly part of a mill house originally, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural interest: a cottage built of vernacular materials - brick and timber-framing - clad in weatherboarding and tile-hanging;
* Degree of survival: the building and its plan form is little altered;
* Group value: it is attached to Stream Cottage which is listed at Grade II, and both properties may have formerly been the mill house to Paley Mill.

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