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A Grade II Listed Building in Tonbridge, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1489 / 51°8'56"N

Longitude: 0.3576 / 0°21'27"E

OS Eastings: 564995

OS Northings: 141490

OS Grid: TQ649414

Mapcode National: GBR NR1.TGX

Mapcode Global: VHJMX.4DX3

Plus Code: 9F3249X5+H3

Entry Name: Foxella

Listing Date: 24 August 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1248960

English Heritage Legacy ID: 430798

Location: Brenchley, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN12

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Brenchley

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Matfield St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text


5/36 Foxella


House. C16 or earlier origins, remodelled and extended in the circa mid C17.
Framed construction, the ground floor of the front elevation underbuilt in
brick, the first floor tile-hung; the rear outshut weatherboarded on brick
footings, the right return weatherboarded. Peg-tile roof; brick stack.

Plan: The house faces east. The original plan was a 2-cell lobby entrance
arrangement, probably with a framed stack or smoke bay, larger room to the
left (south) with a probably unheated service room to the north. In the C16 a
brick stack was inserted. In the circa mid C17 the house was extended by a
one-room plan parlour addition at the south end heated by an end stack and the
roof was raised by about half a metre. A high quality heated chamber was
provided over the centre room. The rear outshut may have been added at the
same time. The house was divided into 3 cottages at one time. The present
entrance is into the outshut at the left (south) end.

Exterior: 2 storeys and attic. Gable-ended roof, axial stack to right of
centre with staggered shafts. Asymmetrical 6-window front, the brick
underbuilding in 3 different sections with straight joints. Various 2-, 3-
and 5-light casement windows, C19 and C20, the right hand first floor window
set well below the eaves, is probably in an original C16 embrasure. Gabled
attic dormer. The rear outshut has C20 small-pane casements. Recessed porch
on left (south) return with a C20 timber front door.

Interior: Well-preserved carpentry, with exposed crossbeams and joists to the
centre and left hand room, the details of a different character. The left
hand room has runout stops to the main beam, an open fireplace, a C17 ledged
door, and preserves the evidence of a 2-light mullioned window (now internal)
on the rear wall. Evidence of a former stair rising against the party wall
with the centre room. The centre room has a massive chamfered step-stopped
crossbeam and a large open fireplace with brick jambs and an oak chamfered and
step-stopped lintel. The small right hand (north) room has exposed joists,
most of them appear to be re-used. The wall framing is intact down to the
sole plate of the rear wall, the wall posts with flared jowls. The wall posts
to the left (south) end room are taller and more smoothly-finished and are
about half a metre above the others, which have been extended to the level of
the C17 wall plate by a series of posts. The C17 wall plate is chamfered and
scroll-stopped on either side of the tie beams. Blocked mullioned window of
3-lights on the rear (west) wall. The chamber over the centre room has an
intersecting beam ceiling that extends the full width of the house. The room
has been reduced in size by the introduction of a first floor passage on the
long axis. The chamber has a good C17 fireplace with a chamfered lintel and
C17 wall cupboards, the doors constructed out of large planks. Evidence of a
former frame immediately north of the stack and mortises for former joists in
the attic floor suggest that the stack is an insertion.

Roof: Tie-beam, queen strut and clasped purlin, some of the struts removed;
with intermediate birdsmouth ties. The roof over the south end room is of
similar design but with more slender timbers and is at a higher level.

Listing NGR: TQ6499541490

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

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