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Latitude: 51.3837 / 51°23'1"N
Longitude: 0.5958 / 0°35'45"E
OS Eastings: 580730
OS Northings: 168158
OS Grid: TQ807681
Mapcode National: GBR QR9.1HB
Mapcode Global: VHJLW.8HV3
Plus Code: 9F329HMW+F8
Entry Name: The Black House
Listing Date: 14 February 1994
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1267773
English Heritage Legacy ID: 462596
Location: Rainham, Medway, ME7
Electoral Ward/Division: Rainham North
Traditional County: Kent
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent
Church of England Parish: Rainham St Margaret
Church of England Diocese: Rochester
TQ86NW LOWER RAINHAM ROAD, Lower Rainham
686-1/8/78 (North side)
14/02/94 The Black House
Farmhouse, worker's cottage, converted and derelict at time of
survey. Early-mid C17 with mid C19 windows. Timber-frame clad
in weatherboarding with brick end wall, and corrugated-iron
roof hipped to W end.
PLAN: 2-bay hall house, originally with smoke bay at east end.
EXTERIOR: 2-storey; irregular fenestration. N front has one
mid C19 square casement but others are concealed by
weatherboarding. The structure appears to be the two surviving
bays of a 3-bay house. Opening at first-floor level on N front
indicates that the W first-floor room was used for storage.
INTERIOR: has a complete frame except for E wall, which was
rebuilt in brick when former lath and plaster smoke bay was
converted to a chimney. Ground-floor E room has chamfered
spine beam with lamb's tongue stop, W room has chamfered floor
hoists. C18 wooden winder stair. First-floor C17 floorboards
and fireplace with wooden bressumer and curved back. Roof has
coupled rafters without ridge piece, collar beams with
carpenter's marks and lath and plaster partition. Frame has
jowled posts and diagonal tension braces. The large fireplace
on the ground floor was reduced in size in the early C19 and a
4-panelled door to the winder stair dates from this time.
HISTORY: behind the weatherboarding is the substantially
intact frame of a 3-bay C17 farmhouse, and included for
Listing NGR: TQ8073068158
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