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Former Smithy to Old Forge

A Grade II Listed Building in Chiddingstone, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1879 / 51°11'16"N

Longitude: 0.1412 / 0°8'28"E

OS Eastings: 549729

OS Northings: 145367

OS Grid: TQ497453

Mapcode National: GBR LMQ.DHR

Mapcode Global: VHHQ4.DDHP

Plus Code: 9F3254QR+5F

Entry Name: Former Smithy to Old Forge

Listing Date: 21 May 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1244190

English Heritage Legacy ID: 449045

Location: Chiddingstone, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN8

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Chiddingstone

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Chiddingstone St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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5280 CHIDDINGSTONE Former Smithy to
Old Forge (formerly
known as Blue Boar
TQ 54 NW




Forge. South brick building of late C17 to earlier C18; north timber framed building
possibly earlier but with later alterations.
South building: red brick walls with timber framed north gable. Clay-plain tile
roof but with Horsham slabs below the ridge in east pitch. Brick plinth; some
stone quoins. West elevation with central doorway with brick-on-edge head to
ledged door with long smith's hinges. Boarded south gable with weathervane above
cambered brick head to pair of boarded vehicular doors. Rear elevation with small
square window opening with wooden boarded shutter. Interior: two bays stepped
and chamfered beam; roof with pegged rafters and butt purlins.

A timber framed and weatherboarded cross-wing links North and South wings; cross-wing
has pair of ledged doors; C19 roof with internal wooden ridge-piece.

North wing: timber framed and weatherboarded; clay plain tile roof; red brick stack
to forge. Main hipped roof on E-W axis with roof descending low to north over north
later outshut. West elevation: single light window to north outshut; three light
window and pair of ledged doors. Interior: east end of south wall retains frame
with brace, and fenestration; mortises in wall-plate. Framing in east wall of
original wing replaced partly by some English bond brickwork and later fenestration;
studwork removed from original north wall and renewed in west wall; clasped purlin
roof. Brick forge hearth and bellows retained.

The forge is an outbuilding to the house opposite, with date stone of 1745, now known
as Old Forge, and formerly known as Blue Boar Inn; the smithy marked as such on
early C20 O.S. map. North and south wings, without a link wing, and with south
wing on a different axis, shown on Henry Streatfields estate map of 1765 for Manor
Farm in Parish of Chiddingstone.

Listing NGR: TQ4970645348

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