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Latitude: 51.18 / 51°10'47"N
Longitude: 0.3379 / 0°20'16"E
OS Eastings: 563503
OS Northings: 144904
OS Grid: TQ635449
Mapcode National: GBR NQM.VNC
Mapcode Global: VHHQ7.SLZS
Entry Name: The George and Dragon Public House
Listing Date: 24 August 1990
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1251348
English Heritage Legacy ID: 434002
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
5/257 The George and Dragon Public
Public house. Early C17, enlarged in the late C19 and another extension circa
1960. The C17 section is timber-framed, the ground floor section underbuilt
with Flemish bond red brick, the first floor level is clad with peg-tile; the
C19 section is timber-framed and clad with weatherboards; the C20 extension is
red brick. All sections have brick stacks and chimneyshafts, and peg-tile
Plan and Development: Irregular building facing north. Basically it has a T-
plan. The main block contains the substantial remains of 2-room plan C17
house. The larger room is to left (east) and before the C20 extension that
end had a gable-end stack. The smaller unheated room to right has been
incorporated into later arrangements with the C19 crosswing that end. The C19
crosswing is now used as bars at the front and service rooms, including
kitchen to rear, both sections have projecting lateral stacks.
The C17 section of the main block is 2 storeys with attics in the roofspace;
the C20 extension is single storey. The front part of the C19 wing is 2
storeys, the rear part is single storey.
Exterior: Irregular front elevation. The C19 wing projects forward with a
C19 ground floor horned 20-pane sash and first floor 16-pane sash. Front
doorway to left up a flight of steps and it contains a C20 part-glazed door
under a shallow flat hood. Roof above is hipped both sides. To left the
ground floor front of the C17 block is mostly hidden by a porch which was
built with the C20 extension but at first floor level there is a C19 18-pane
horizontal sliding sash. The C17 roof is gable-ended to left and hipped to
right as it continues down over the C19 service block. The rear service block
also includes a couple of C19 horizontal sliding sash windows.
Interior: Although much of the ground floor timber framing has been removed
the C17 house is otherwise well-preserved. Evidence for a jettied west end
now shows inside the bar in the C19 section. The heated room has a 4-panel
intersecting beam ceiling, the beams chamfered with scroll stops. The large
brick fireplace has a plain oak lintel. Evidence of the ground floor
crosswall shows in the bar serving area. On the first floor the plan is
intact. The larger room has a 4-panel intersecting beam ceiling similar to
that on the ground floor. The fireplace here is blocked. Alongside the stack
is a probably original winder stair up to the attic. 3-bay roof of tie-beam
trusses with clasped side purlins, diminished principals, queen struts and
some curving windbraces.
According to the older locals the attic was notorious as a cock-fighting venue
earlier in the C20.
Listing NGR: TQ6350344904
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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