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Archway About 15 Metres East of Brenchley Manor

A Grade II* Listed Building in Tonbridge, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1536 / 51°9'12"N

Longitude: 0.3955 / 0°23'43"E

OS Eastings: 567623

OS Northings: 142095

OS Grid: TQ676420

Mapcode National: GBR NR2.QS9

Mapcode Global: VHJMX.S8XJ

Plus Code: 9F32593W+C5

Entry Name: Archway About 15 Metres East of Brenchley Manor

Listing Date: 24 August 1990

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1249084

English Heritage Legacy ID: 430801

Location: Brenchley, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN12

County: Kent

District: Tunbridge Wells

Civil Parish: Brenchley

Built-Up Area: Brenchley

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Brenchley All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text


6/39 Archway about 15m east of
Brenchley Manor


Archway. 1577 (datestone). Freestone. Rustic Renaissance. Described as
"Serlian classicism" by Pevsner, who reads the date as 1592, West Kent and the
Weald (1976 edn.). Probably erected for Elizabeth Fane, whose coat of arms is
carved in the pediment. A round-headed pedimented archway opposite the front
door and north of Brenchley Manor. There has been some debate about whether
it has been moved from some other location in the grounds of the manor
(Oswald). A round-headed arch with a keystone springs from worn imposts, one
of which retains a lozenge-carved capital. Flanking the arch sturdy pilasters
support an entablature with a pediment, crowned by an idiosyncratic carved
ornament, with similar ornaments to left and right of the pediment. The
pilasters have deep rusticated bases with lozenge-carved banding, similar
banding to the reeded pilasters. The entablature has a frieze similar to a
triglyph frieze but with 4 mouldings, with guttae below. Pediment carved with
Elizabeth Fane's arms in relief and a date of 1577 (often misread for 1522).
The 3 ornaments crowning the archway are unexpectedly large and eccentric.
Each one consists of a squat flat-faced baluster, carved with crude scrolls
and topped with a depressed ball finial. The archway has a pair of probably
early C20 wrought iron gates.

Source Oswald, A., 'Brenchley, Kent. 2', Country Life, June 7, 1946.

Listing NGR: TQ6759542105

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