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Latitude: 51.1302 / 51°7'48"N
Longitude: 0.1532 / 0°9'11"E
OS Eastings: 550761
OS Northings: 138977
OS Grid: TQ507389
Mapcode National: GBR LNH.3JV
Mapcode Global: VHHQB.LVWF
Entry Name: Orchard Cottages
Listing Date: 24 August 1990
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1067582
English Heritage Legacy ID: 438496
Location: Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3
District: Tunbridge Wells
Civil Parish: Speldhurst
Traditional County: Kent
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent
Church of England Parish: Speldhurst St Mary the Virgin
Church of England Diocese: Rochester
TQ 53 NW SPELDHURST ASHURST HILL, ASHURST
7/431 Nos 1, 2 and 3 Orchard
3 cottages. Circa 1890-1900 by unknown architect, small addition of circa
1970. Roughcast brick; brick walls with roughcast chimneyshafts; peg-tile
Plan: Originally built as a row of 4 contemporary cottages built down the
hillslope and facing south south west, say south. They number 1-3 from left
(downhill) to right. No 1 occupies 2 of the original cottages. Each is one-
room wide and 2 rooms deep. The left southern cottage has an axial stack to
right backing onto the adjoining cottage. The next one has a stack in a
similar position. An axial stack between the other 2 cottages serves back-to-
back fireplaces. Centre cottages had front doorways and the end ones have
doorways in the end walls. No 1 now has a 2-storey porch extension on the
left end set back from the front.
Exterior: Vernacular Revival style in the manner of Voysey. Irregular 3-
window front of timber casements with glazing bars. A raking buttress
projects from the centre. To right the front doorway of No 2 and right of it
a window. To left 3 windows, the centre one blocking an original front
doorway. Continuous hoodmould over the windows and doorway interrupted by the
buttress. Hoodmould made by the roughcast lipping outwards onto tiles.
Similar hoodmoulds over the first floor windows which are gabled half dormers
with plain bargeboards. There is one to No 2 and 2 to No 1, that is to say
one to each of the original, cottages. Doorway to No 2 contains original top
glazed plank door. Irregular roof with a higher section to right (uphill).
It is half-hipped to right and, in the centre hips down to the lower ridge and
is hipped to left. Right end wall is flanked by raking buttresses and has a
2-window front in the same style as the front with a doorway toward the rear
containing a door like that in No 3. At the left end of the front wall it
returns round the end with a broad curving corner. Doorway this end replaced
by circa 1970 porch.
Interior: Not inspected.
This is an attractive row of Vernacular Revival cottages.
Listing NGR: TQ5075438975
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