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Church House

A Grade II Listed Building in Brenchley, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1508 / 51°9'2"N

Longitude: 0.4001 / 0°24'0"E

OS Eastings: 567960

OS Northings: 141802

OS Grid: TQ679418

Mapcode National: GBR NR3.S01

Mapcode Global: VHJMX.WBDM

Plus Code: 9F325C22+83

Entry Name: Church House

Listing Date: 20 October 1954

Last Amended: 24 August 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1249607

English Heritage Legacy ID: 431805

Location: Brenchley, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN12

County: Kent

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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(north side)
15/95 Church House
20.10.54 (previously listed as Church
House and Church Cottage)

House, incorporating a cottage which was formerly a separate property. Circa
early/mid C17 origins, re-fronted in the early C18 with some C20 internal
alterations. Main block framed construction, the front elevation clad in
weatherboarding, chamfered and grooved in imitation of rusticated stone, the
right return tile-hung. The adjoining cottage is brick on the ground floor,
first floor tile-hung over framing. Peg-tile roofs; stacks with brick shafts.

Plan: The main block faces south, directly on to the road, the cottage forms
a rear right (north east) wing, fronting Windmill Hill giving an overall L-
plan. The main block is 3-rooms wide, the 2 left hand rooms heated from back-
to-back fireplaces in an axial stack, the right end room unheated. It
probably originally had a lobby entrance facing the stack. The C18 re-
fronting involved moving the front door to right of centre, directly into the
right hand heated room. A C20 stair rises from the rear of this room, within
the rear right cottage wing. Flat-roofed single-storey C20 addition to the
rear left (north west) of the main block. The cottage is probably C18 or
earlier in origin with 2 axial stacks, it may have functioned as the service
wing to the C18 house.

Exterior: 2 storeys and attic. Handsome asymmetrical 4-bay front with a
parapet on paired brackets. C18 front door with 4 fielded panels in the first
bay from the right (east) with a fanlight with spoke glazing bars and a gabled
porch hood on moulded brackets. Disused panelled door at the extreme left
end. 3 ground floor tripartite horned sashes in C18 openings, 6 panes over
one in the centre, 2 over one in the outer lights. 3 first floor 16-pane
horned sashes with a 12-pane horned sash above the front door. All the
windows have moulded architraves. The roof is half-hipped, the axial stack
has a moulded cornice. The right return of the main block, overlooking
Windmill Hill, has one attic window, a probably C18 3-light casement with
square leaded panes and a first floor 12-pane sash. Beyond the main block the
cottage wing has 2 ground floor windows, one 3-light C20 casement and one
probably C18 3-light casement with square leaded panes and a large first floor
circa early C20 gabled dormer with a 3-tier window.

Interior: Exposed carpentry with evidence of repair and re-use of timbers.
The left hand heated room has a C17 fireplace with jambs of large sandstone
blocks and a chamfered lintel. Exposed carpentry in most of the first floor
rooms of the main block. Circa early C19 stick baluster stair to the attic.

Roof: Timbers concealed by plaster.

Church House occupies a crucial position in an outstanding village, sited
opposite the church and on a prominent corner site.

Listing NGR: TQ6796241806

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