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Chittenden House

A Grade II Listed Building in Hever, Kent

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Latitude: 51.2237 / 51°13'25"N

Longitude: 0.1198 / 0°7'11"E

OS Eastings: 548122

OS Northings: 149307

OS Grid: TQ481493

Mapcode National: GBR LM9.73D

Mapcode Global: VHHPY.1H6Q

Plus Code: 9F3264F9+FW

Entry Name: Chittenden House

Listing Date: 23 September 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1244194

English Heritage Legacy ID: 449055

Location: Hever, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN8

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Hever

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Four Elms St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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49/2001 Chittenden House


House, formerly farmhouse but perhaps originally a special purpose building such
as a hunting lodge. Late C16 timber framed building, reclad and extended in early
C18 and further extended & refenestrated in C19. Right hand part is late C16. Ground
floor of red brick with some black brick headers, upper part tile hung. Tiled roof.
2 storeys and attics, originally L-shaped but made square in early C18. Front has
gable, slightly projecting, with later bargeboards. 1:2 .1 late Victorian case-
ments. Later tiled porch on wooden piers. Right side elevation has massive ragstone
external chimney stack with moulded plinth tumbling in with late C16 brickwork and
2 diagonally placed flues. To the left of this is a probably late C16, 2-light
wooden mullioned window with ovolo mouldings. Rear elevation has 1 storey C19
extension. Left hand part is an early C18 addition of lower elevation. Red brick
in flemish bond with some vitrified headers. Tiled roof with end brick chimneystack.
2 storeys 2 windows. These are 3 light casements with cambered head linings to
ground floor Original central doorcase now a window and original right hand window
removed for small C19 extension. Left side has an attached 1 storey C18 dairy/
brewhouse or bakehouse in matching materials. This has one 3 light iron casement
with pintle hinges. Catslide roof to rear. Wall plate has some exposed C18 framing
with diagonal braces. C19 gabled extension to left of rear elevation, also brick
and tile hung. Interior contains a fire brick open fireplace with deep oak bressumer
with 1 inch chamfer and run out steps. 2 bread ovens were removed to right hand
side. The ceiling beams in this room have 2 inch chamfers. 1st floor has a panelled
room with late C16 plank and muntin panelling. Attic storey has a good C19 iron
fire grate. Unusual double queen post roof with curved windbraces. C18 wing has
through purlin roof. The original part of the building seems to have had very few
rooms for a farmhouse and because of evidence of blocked in windows and weathered
timbers does not seem to have been part of a larger structure. This taken together
with the high quality framing suggests a special purpose building and there is a
tradition that at some stage it was used as a hunting lodge to the nearby Boons

Listing NGR: TQ4444145504

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