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The Bull Public House

A Grade II Listed Building in Brenchley, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1506 / 51°9'2"N

Longitude: 0.3996 / 0°23'58"E

OS Eastings: 567924

OS Northings: 141772

OS Grid: TQ679417

Mapcode National: GBR NR2.ZSM

Mapcode Global: VHJMX.WB3T

Plus Code: 9F32592X+6R

Entry Name: The Bull Public House

Listing Date: 24 August 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1250068

English Heritage Legacy ID: 432301

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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(south side)
15/132 The Bull Public House


Public House. 1880s, built on the site of the 'Old Bull' which burnt down.
Yellow brick with red brick dressings; peg-tile roofs; brick stacks with
rendered shafts. Eclectic High Victorian.

Plan: Facing north, directly on to the High Street. Asymmetrical plan,
formerly 3 rooms wide plus a one-room plan block at the right (west) end.

Exterior: The lively and very intact Victorian brick exterior is an important
foil to the pre 1700 tile-hung and framed buildings in the centre of the
village. 2 storeys and attic. The front elevation has red brick quoins and
red brick segmental arches to the recessed ground floor windows and doors, the
arches continued across the front as bands of brick moulded in a guilloche
ornament with a nail-head moulding below. Moulded red brick corbel table
below the eaves above a frieze decorated with roundels. The front gable has a
red brick toothed banding to the verges. Terra-cotta finials to the gables.
Original windows throughout with moulded timber mullions, high transoms and
segmental-headed mullioned lights above the transom. Asymmetrical 3-window
front, plus one window to the single-storey block at the far right end. One-
window block at the left end, gabled to the front, the 2-window block,
slightly set back at the right had a large half-hipped attic dormer. 2
original half-glazed doors into the right hand block of the main range,
flanking a 3-light window. Similar 3-light window to ground floor left and 2
to the single-storey block at the far right end. Similar 2- and 3-light
windows to the first floor and the attic gable and dormer. The single-storey
block has a large ventilator on the ridge. The right (west) return of the
main range is also very complete.

Interior: The crosswalls between the 3 rooms have been partly removed.
Carved chimney-piece to the left end stack. Original joinery survives
including a stair and doors.

A circa 1884 photograph, reproduced in A Victorian Pictorial Record of
Brenchley and Matfield (n.d., c.1988) shows the newly-built Bull advertising
"Good Stables and Coach House".

Listing NGR: TQ6792241776

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