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Latitude: 51.1836 / 51°11'1"N
Longitude: 0.3544 / 0°21'15"E
OS Eastings: 564646
OS Northings: 145344
OS Grid: TQ646453
Mapcode National: GBR NQN.LFZ
Mapcode Global: VHJMQ.3H6Z
Plus Code: 9F3259M3+CQ
Entry Name: St Nortons Cottages
Listing Date: 26 November 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1262837
English Heritage Legacy ID: 433998
Location: Capel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN12
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
TQ 64 NW CAPEL FIVE OAK GREEN ROAD
1/253 Nos 1 and 2 St Nortons Cottages
2 cottages, formerly a farmhouse. Mid/late C16 with some early/mid C17
alterations, refurbished circa 1970. Timber-framed, the ground floor largely
underbuilt with C19 Flemish bond red brick, framing is exposed above first
floor level; brick stack and early/mid C17 brick chimneyshaft; peg-tile roof.
Plan: 2 cottages made by dividing a 3-room plan farmhouse set back from the
road and facing south south east, say south. Its original layout was a 3-
room-and-through-passage plan. At the left (west) end is an unheated inner
room. Next to it is the hall with an axial stack at the lower end, originally
backing onto a through passage. The hall was floored from the beginning and
the mid/late C16 stack served fireplaces to the hall and the chamber above.
The right end room, the original service end room was unheated. However in
the early/mid C17 it was converted to a kitchen and a new fireplace was built
in the original passage backing onto the hall fireplace. The house thus
assumed a lobby entrance plan. It was probably divided into cottages in the
mid/late C19. No 1 occupies the former inner room and hall section whilst No
2 occupies the C17 kitchen and a probably C19 outshot to rear.
House is 2 storeys with attics in the roofspace and lean-to outshot to rear of
Exterior: Front and back first floor frames of 4 uneven bays articulating the
layout. Only some of the posts have curving tension braces. Irregular 5-
window front of various casement and fixed pane windows, variously plain,
glazing bars and diamond or rectangular panes of leaded glass. All are C20
but the 3 smaller first floor windows have original plain frames and a couple
have original diamond mullions (there are more in the other walls). Original
front doorway was blocked up when the ground floor level was underbuilt
although the right (No 2) cottage doorway is close by to right. The doorway
to No 1 is left of centre, into the upper end of the former hall. Both
contain C20 plank doors with strap hinges. Tall roof is gable-ended.
Interior: Original structural carpentry is well-preserved. Most of the rooms
have plain chamfered axial beams and a couple (e.g. the hall chamber) have
scroll stops. Plain joists are mostly exposed. Hall has brick fireplace with
sandstone ashlar jambs and chamfered oak lintel; smaller version for the
chamber above. Inserted C17 kitchen fireplace is large, brick with chamfered
oak lintel. Rail across the kitchen chimneybreast has disused mortises along
its soffit proving that it was once the lower passage partition. 4-bay roof
of collared tie-beam trusses with clasped side purlins, diminished principals,
queen struts and small curving windbraces. Most of the joinery is C20.
This is an attractive and well-preserved small C16 farmhouse of modest status.
Listing NGR: TQ6464645344
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