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Stream Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Five Oak Green, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1826 / 51°10'57"N

Longitude: 0.3518 / 0°21'6"E

OS Eastings: 564466

OS Northings: 145226

OS Grid: TQ644452

Mapcode National: GBR NQM.ZQ0

Mapcode Global: VHJMQ.1JTS

Plus Code: 9F3259M2+2P

Entry Name: Stream Cottage

Listing Date: 24 August 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1253173

English Heritage Legacy ID: 436310

ID on this website: 101253173

Location: Five Oak Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN12

County: Kent

District: Tunbridge Wells

Civil Parish: Capel

Built-Up Area: Five Oak Green

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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Cottage, once part of a larger farmhouse. Probably early C16, some late
C16/early C17 alterations possibly associated with its conversion to a
cottage, modernised more than once in the C20. Timber-framed, ground floor
level is underbuilt with C19 red brick and first floor level is clad with peg-
tile; brick stack and chimneyshaft; peg-tile roof.

Plan: 2-room lobby entrance plan cottage set back from the road and facing
north north west, say north. The unheated room to right (west) is now used as
a kitchen. The left (east) room is heated by a central axial stack. This
layout is probably the result of the late C16/early C17 alterations. However
the basic structure is earlier and the present stack was built inside an
original smoke bay. That earlier building was probably larger than the
present cottage. 2 storeys.

Exterior: Not really symmetrical 3-window front of C20 casements with leaded
diamond pane effect. Central doorway with sidelight. C19 door was put there
circa 1970 and the owners reckon it came from Hadlow Castle. C20 porch with
monopitch roof. Main roof is tall, steeply pitched and is hipped both ends.

Interior: The exposed carpentry is mostly early C16. Both rooms have
ceilings of plain joists of large scantling. The fireplace is plastered and
has a chamfered oak lintel with a segmental arch. It was inserted into the
original smoke bay. Tie-beam across the front of the chimneybreast is the
bressummer of the smoke bay. The other side, between the stack and present
kitchen, appears to be a full height framed crosswall, the back of the smoke
bay. Above are 2 closed trusses, both tie-beam trusses with crown post super
structures. The faces of the trusses into the smoke bay are heavily sooted,
so too is the crown purlin as it passes across the smoke bay. The parlour
side of the eastern truss is clean and the cob plaster infil has a combed
pattern on it. The original roof survives this end. It is clean and the
collars of the A-frames are lap-jointed to the rafters. The western truss of
the smoke bay is not complete and the rest of the roof was rebuilt in the C20.

Stream Cottage is an interesting small cottage containing the extensive
remains of its early C16 origins.

Listing NGR: TQ6446645226

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