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Church Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Capel, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1761 / 51°10'34"N

Longitude: 0.3416 / 0°20'29"E

OS Eastings: 563778

OS Northings: 144482

OS Grid: TQ637444

Mapcode National: GBR NQT.95H

Mapcode Global: VHHQ7.VPYR

Plus Code: 9F3258GR+CJ

Entry Name: Church Farmhouse

Listing Date: 24 August 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1251254

English Heritage Legacy ID: 433913

Location: Capel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN12

County: Kent

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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Church Farmhouse

Farmhouse divided into 2 cottages. Late C17, late C19 parlour crosswing and
circa 1970 extension. Ground floor level is brick; timber-framed above clad
with peg-tile; brick stacks and chimneyshafts; peg-tile roof. The brickwork
varies from phase to phase. The late C17 brick is Flemish bond red brick with
decorative burnt headers, the late C19 crosswing is Flemish bond red brick and
C20 additions are red brick.

Plan and Development: Farmhouse faces north west. The main block has a 3-
room lobby entrance plan. The left end room has an end stack. It is a C20
addition but, according to the farmer, there was a ciderhouse here before,
probably the service room of the old farmhouse. Next is the kitchen then the
parlour. An axial stack between serves rear corner diagonal fireplaces.
Lobby entrance and original staircase in front of the stack. House was
enlarged in the late C19 by the parlour crosswing at the right (south west)
end. It projects very slightly forward. At this time the old house was
relegated to service use. A new front doorway was provided on the front end
of the crosswing on the left side. It leads into an entrance hall containing
the late C19 stair. The 2 principal rooms of the crosswing have an axial
stack between serving back-to-back fireplaces. Lean-to outshots across the
back of the main block include a late C19 bakehouse behind the original
parlour. Its rear lateral stack contains a large oven. House is 2 storeys
and attic rooms in the main block roofspace.

Exterior: Regular but not symmetrical 5:1-window front. In the main block
most windows are C19 and C20 casements with glazing bars and at the left end a
C20 bay window with leaded glass. Original lobby entrance doorway is roughly
central to the main block. It contains a late C19 part-glazed 4-panel door in
the original solid doorframe with beaded surround and contemporary pedimented
hood with panelled soffit and recessed front fielded panel under a moulded
pediment. Main block roof is half-hipped to left and carried down over the
rear outshots. The doorway in front of the crosswing contains a C20 4-panel
door behind a C20 brick porch with monopitch roof. Windows here are late C19
horned 6-pane sashes and similar 2-window front on the side of the crosswing.
The crosswing roof is gable-ended. Gables are exposed framing with roughcast
panels and have wavey bargeboards.

Interior: The original structure of the kitchen and parlour section of the
main block is well-preserved. Both ground and first floor rooms have plain
chamfered beams. The ground floor fireplaces have oak-framed fronts which
have been somewhat altered and some of the timbers renewed. In the chamber
over the former parlour the wall plates are ovolo-moulded with fillets. Some
outside framing is exposed on the first floor; relatively slight scantling
with straight braces. 3-bay roof over this section carried on tie-beam
trusses with clasped side purlins and high curving collars. Also some good
original joinery like the winder stair and plank doors with strap hinges.
Late C19 crosswing is very well-preserved with original joinery and other
detail such as the staircase, panelled doors, moulded plaster cornices and

Church Farmhouse is one of a good group of listed buildings in the vicinity of
the Church of St Thomas A becket (q.v.).

Listing NGR: TQ6377844482

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