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Castle Hill Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Capel, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1691 / 51°10'8"N

Longitude: 0.3023 / 0°18'8"E

OS Eastings: 561057

OS Northings: 143610

OS Grid: TQ610436

Mapcode National: GBR MPF.R80

Mapcode Global: VHHQ7.6W55

Entry Name: Castle Hill Farmhouse

Listing Date: 20 October 1954

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1251205

English Heritage Legacy ID: 433862

Location: Capel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN11

County: Kent

District: Tunbridge Wells

Civil Parish: Capel

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Tudeley cum Capel with Five Oak Green

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text


5/216 Castle Hill Farmhouse

Farmhouse. Mid/late C17 origins, enlarged and modernised through several
phases, notably in the early C18 and mid C19. Main block is timber-framed and
clad with weatherboarding and the front of the older part is underbuilt with
painted brick and end wall is late C17/early C18 English bond brick; rear
blocks and mid C19 parlour block is red brick with some of upper parts
weatherboarded; brick stacks and chimneyshafts; peg-tile roof.

Plan and Development: Farmhouse is set back from the road and it faces east
north east, say east. Main block has a 3-room plan. At the left (south) end
is a parlour with a projecting gable-end stack. Next is a passage from the
front doorway to the main stair in the C19 rear block. The other side of the
passage is the dining room (the present study) and at the right (north) end is
a large kitchen. An axial stack between the kitchen and dining room serves
back-to-back fireplaces. Rear blocks behind each end, the left one containing
the main stair and room behind with gable-end stack and the right one a wash
house/utility room. Lean-to outshots between the 2 rear blocks contains a
corridor and stair. A C19 parlour block is built parallel to the main block
to the rear of the left rear block and projects north. It has a south end
stack. The present layout is that of the C19. The dining room and passage
section of the main block is C17. The rest has been rebuilt or new built
since. Dating of the various parts is not easy although the main block rear
outshot appears to be part of the C18 alterations.

2 storeys with attics in the main block and the northern rear block room is
open to the roof.

Exterior: Regular but not symmetrical 5-window front of mid C19 casements
with glazing bars. Front doorway is left of centre and contains a mid C19
part-glazed 4-panel door behind a contemporary gabled porch clad with diagonal
planks and with wavey bargeboards. Main roof is gable-ended to left and half-
hipped to right and it contains 4 gabled dormer windows.

Interior: C17 fabric shows only in the passage and dining room/study section
of the main block. The room has a chamfered and scroll-stopped crossbeam and
a large kitchen fireplace with a chamfered oak lintel. The bedchamber above
also has chamfered and scroll-stopped crossbeams, these being the tie beams of
a 3-bay clasped purlin roof. Rest of the main block carpentry is of
noticeably more slender scantling. Exposed beams have narrow chamfers and
roof is also of clasped side purlins. Good C18 and C19 joinery throughout the

Listing NGR: TQ6105743610

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

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