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Matfield House Cottages

A Grade II* Listed Building in Tonbridge, Kent

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1524 / 51°9'8"N

Longitude: 0.3703 / 0°22'13"E

OS Eastings: 565868

OS Northings: 141907

OS Grid: TQ658419

Mapcode National: GBR NR1.QFQ

Mapcode Global: VHJMX.C9MF

Plus Code: 9F32592C+X4

Entry Name: Matfield House Cottages

Listing Date: 20 October 1954

Last Amended: 7 January 1991

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1250648

English Heritage Legacy ID: 433097

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: Matfield St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text

In the entries for the following serial numbers ---

14/156, 14/157, 14/158, 14/159, 14/160, 14/161, 14/162, 14/163, 14/164, 14/165
14/166, 14/167, 14/168, 14/169, 14/170, 14/171, 14/172, 14/173, 14/174, 14/175
14/176, 14/177, 14/178, 14/179, in the parish of Brenchley.

The address shall be amended to read---

"THE GREEN, Matfield" in place of "MATFIELD GREEN"

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TQ 65 41 BRENCHLEY MATFIELD GREEN

14/175 Nos 1-3 (inclusive) Matfield
20.10.54 House Cottages

GV II*

Row of 3 cottages in the ownership of Matfield House. Probably circa 1730,
contemporary with Matfield House. Flemish bond brick with blue headers to the
ground floor, first floor tile-hung; peg-tile roof; brick stacks.

Plan: Details of plan unclear at time of survey (1988) as access to interior
unobtainable. Appears to be a single depth range with a rear outshut. Right
end stack, axial stack to left of centre probably serving back-to-back
fireplaces.

Exterior: Extremely attractive south-facing range, overlooking the pond on
Matfield Green. Externally the C18 features are very well-preserved and of
high quality. Corbelled brick cornice at first floor level; moulded eaves
cornice. Roof gabled at right end, half-hipped at left end. Windows and
doors alternate on the ground floor, except where 2 windows are adjacent on
either side of the axial stack. C18 doors with fielded panels and flat porch
hoods. At the left end the door is flanked by C19 or C20 2-light casements.
The other windows are C18 2-light casements, 4 to the ground floor, 5 to the
first floor. These all preserve their original glass in square-headed panes
except for first floor window right, which has been reglazed in the late C20.
The windows have some of the most distinctive and ornamental window furniture
in the parish, which has a remarkable tradition of C17, C18 and C19 hand-made
iron catches and handles, a local residue of the formerly flourishing iron
industry in Brenchley. The window furniture of these cottages includes
quadrant catches at the top of the casements and scrolled bifurcated internal
catches.

Interior: No access at time of survey but known to retain C18 joinery,
including 2-panel doors and exposed beams. The interior may be as well-
preserved as the exterior and the roof construction may also be of interest
and could help to date the cottages more closely. In the event of an
application to alter the building an internal inspection would be recommended
to ensure that historic features are not disturbed.


Listing NGR: TQ6586841907

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

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