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Latitude: 51.1747 / 51°10'28"N
Longitude: 0.2989 / 0°17'55"E
OS Eastings: 560795
OS Northings: 144228
OS Grid: TQ607442
Mapcode National: GBR MPF.BCH
Mapcode Global: VHHQ7.4QCV
Plus Code: 9F3257FX+VG
Entry Name: Top Lodge Including Front Boundary Fence
Listing Date: 24 August 1990
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1262887
English Heritage Legacy ID: 433865
Location: Capel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN11
District: Tunbridge Wells
Town: 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
CASTLE HILL, SOMERHILL PARK
Top Lodge including front boundary fence
Lodge to Somerhill Park. Circa 1880. Ground floor level is coursed sandstone
ashlar, exposed timber-framing above; brick stack with tall diagonally-set
brick chimneyshafts; red tile roof.
Plan: Uneven T-plan house. Main block faces east onto the drive to Somerhill
(q.v.). It has an entrance hall with the stair to right behind a 2-storey
porch and room to left has rear lateral stack which also serves one-room plan
kitchen to rear.
2 storeys with single storey kitchen block.
Exterior: Tudor style. Irregular 1:1-window front. Doorway to right has a
Tudor arch and contains a plain plank door. It is behind a 2 storey porch.
It is open at ground floor level supported on plain posts with Tudor arch.
Room above is jettied and gabled and contains a mullioned canted bay window
with a solid moulded sill. To left the ground floor room has a 3-light
window. The original windows contain rectangular panes of leaded glass and
iron-framed casements. First floor is jettied but contains no window; slender
framing with straight tension braces. Roof is gable-ended and all gables have
original cusped bargeboards. Left (south) is also jettied and the first floor
window is another canted bay like that in the front porch.
Interior: Not inspected.
Narrow front garden is still fenced by original timber railings.
Top Lodge is one of a number of good late C19 buildings built by the Goldsmid
family on the Somerhill Estate.
Listing NGR: TQ6079544228
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