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Latitude: 51.1803 / 51°10'49"N
Longitude: 0.3387 / 0°20'19"E
OS Eastings: 563556
OS Northings: 144945
OS Grid: TQ635449
Mapcode National: GBR NQM.VVP
Mapcode Global: VHHQ7.TLDH
Entry Name: George and Dragon Cottage
Listing Date: 24 August 1990
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1251321
English Heritage Legacy ID: 434003
Location: Capel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN11
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
TQ 64 SW CAPEL FIVE OAK GREEN ROAD
5/258 George and Dragon Cottage
House. Late C15/early C16 origins, some late C16 or early C17 alterations,
massively refurbished circa 1920-30. Timber-framed, the ground floor level is
underbuilt with Flemish bond red brick, and the first floor level is
weatherboarded; brick stack and chimneyshaft built inside a former smoke bay;
Plan: 3-room plan house facing north north west, say north. The right (west)
end room has a C20 end stack. Next to it is the entrance lobby containing the
C20 stair and has opposing front and back doorways. In the centre is the main
room, the medieval hall, with an axial stack backing onto the entrance lobby.
The left (east) end room is unheated. It is now a woodshed and is cut off
from the main house with its own back door.
The present layout is mainly the result of the C20 renovation. The right end
room is an addition of C19 or early C20 date. There is a medieval roof over
the rest of the house and this indicates that the central room was the hall,
open to the roof and heated by an open hearth fire. In the late C16 or early
C17 the hall was floored over and given a smoke bay at its western end. The
stack inside is C20.
House is 2 storeys.
Exterior: Regular but not symmetrical 4-window front of C20 casements with
glazing bars. The front doorway is right of centre up a short flight of brick
steps and it contains a C20 part-glazed door. Roof is hipped both ends and
the stack has a Tudor style star-shaped chimneyshaft.
Interior: Largely the result of the C20 renovation. Early structural
carpentry is exposed only in the central ground floor room below roof level.
The room has late C16/early C17 axial joists which are chamfered with step
stops. The fireplace is C20. There is a beam across the chimneybreast which
is the bressummer of the smoke bay hood. In the roofspace the framed
crosswalls each side of the smoke bay are heavily sooted on their inner faces.
The roof was altered during the C20 renovation. It seems that the original
trusses were replaced but the common rafter couples were left in situ. They
are smoke blackened from the original open hearth fire and there remains the
original hip constructions at each end. (The roof was later extended
Listing NGR: TQ6355644945
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