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Tanners Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Capel, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1766 / 51°10'35"N

Longitude: 0.3423 / 0°20'32"E

OS Eastings: 563824

OS Northings: 144536

OS Grid: TQ638445

Mapcode National: GBR NQT.3CX

Mapcode Global: VHHQ7.WPBD

Plus Code: 9F3258GR+JW

Entry Name: Tanners Farmhouse

Listing Date: 24 August 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1262823

English Heritage Legacy ID: 433981

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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Farmhouse, once used as a vicarage. Early/mid C17, possibly earlier origins,
reorganised and refurbished in the late C19. Timber-framed, ground floor
level is underbuilt with C19 brick and front wall is attractive Flemish bond
red brick with decorative burnt headers, chamfered plinth and cogged brick
cornice, sandstone footings are exposed on the south end; framing above first
floor level is clad with red tile, front has a regular pattern of rectangular
and scallop-shaped tile and in the south gable end similar tiles used in a
diaper pattern; brick stacks and chimneyshafts with a good C17 staggered
chimneyshaft at the south end; peg-tile roof.

Plan and Development: 2-room plan house facing west. Through passage with
main stair between the rooms. Kitchen in lean-to outshot behind larger right
(southern) room. Both rooms have gable-end stacks and kitchen stack backs
onto the main block. This layout is the result of the late C19
reorganisation. Before that the main block was one room larger, extending
further to right (south). This missing room was the parlour. The present
right room was the kitchen which included the present passage and the left end
room was an unheated service room. This C17 house may have had a lobby
entrance plan with stairs behind the stack. The chimneyshaft still has 4
flues from the C17 back-to-back fireplaces.

House is 2 storeys with attics in the roofspace and late C19 lean-to outshots
to rear of the right room.

Exterior: Not quite symmetrical late C19 3-window front of attractive
casements containing iron glazing bars with a pattern of hexagonal panes. The
ground floor windows have low segmental brick arches over. Front doorway is a
little left of centre up a couple of concrete steps. It contains a late C19
panelled door under a gabled hood.

Interior: The late C19 modernisation was apparently superficial and although
much of the fabric is hidden behind late C19 plaster it is thought to survive
largely intact. The left ground floor room has a plain chamfered crossbeam
with plain joists. The fireplace is C19, inserted into the C17 service room.
The right room, the C17 kitchen, has a chamfered axial beam with bar scroll
stops and extends across the late C19 stair and passage. The C17 kitchen
fireplace is blocked but its large size is evident from its exposed oak lintel
with Tudor arch head. On the first floor are plain chamfered axial beams.
Roof is carried on collared tie-beam trusses with clasped side purlins and
queen struts.

Tanners Farmhouse is a most attractive house and one of a group of listed
buildings in the vicinity of the Church of St Thomas A Becket (q.v.).

Listing NGR: TQ6382444536

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