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Fairthorne House

A Grade II Listed Building in Pembury, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1642 / 51°9'51"N

Longitude: 0.307 / 0°18'25"E

OS Eastings: 561397

OS Northings: 143081

OS Grid: TQ613430

Mapcode National: GBR NQS.SJF

Mapcode Global: VHHQ7.8ZMW

Entry Name: Fairthorne House

Listing Date: 14 October 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1074936

English Heritage Legacy ID: 438491

Location: Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN11

County: Kent

District: Tunbridge Wells

Civil Parish: Pembury

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Pembury St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text


5/426 Fairthorne House

Former farmhouse. C17 and C18, some C19 and C20 modernisation. Timber-
framed. Ground floor is underbuilt with painted brick. Exposed framing above
but tile-hung to rear. Secondary rear block is red brick with tile-hung
framing at first floor level. Main stack has coursed sandstone base, brick
above with brick chimneyshaft. Peg-tile roof.

Plan: Basically an L-plan house. Main block faces north and has a 3-room
plan. The left (east) end room is recessed from the main front. The main
parlour at the right end has a projecting rear lateral stack. Front entrance
between centre and right rooms. Probably C19 one-room plan rear block behind
left end with stack on inner (western) side. The main house appears to be
mostly the result of a large scale C18 rebuild of a C17 house, part of which
remains in the centre and right room section.

Main block is 2 storyes with attics in the roofspace.

Exterior: Irregular front with 2 first floor windows and 3 ground floor
windows, all C20 casements with glazing bars. Front doorway is right of
centre behind a C20 porch containing a C20 plank door under a half-hipped
roof. Left end bay is recessed from the main front. Framing is exposed at
first floor level, 4 uneven bays overall. The timbers are of relatively
slender scantling and includes straight tension braces. It appears to be C18.
Roof is half-hipped both ends and contains 2 probably C19 gabled dormer

Interior: Was not available for inspection at the time of this survey
although the 1987 list description describes C17 features. The main fireplace
is sandstone with a chamfered and scroll-stopped oak lintel and includes a
spice cupboard. Rooms have chamfered and scroll-stopped axial beams. C17
jowled wall posts were reported but no mention made of the roof construction.
Some C17 plank doors. A C18 brick-lined well is now incorporated into the C20

Listing NGR: TQ6139743081

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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