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12, Bird-In-Hand Street

A Grade II* Listed Building in Speldhurst, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1186 / 51°7'6"N

Longitude: 0.1839 / 0°11'2"E

OS Eastings: 552944

OS Northings: 137746

OS Grid: TQ529377

Mapcode National: GBR MPV.Z59

Mapcode Global: VHHQK.44KT

Entry Name: 12, Bird-In-Hand Street

Listing Date: 20 October 1954

Last Amended: 24 August 1990

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1356672

English Heritage Legacy ID: 438600

Location: Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3

County: Kent

District: Tunbridge Wells

Civil Parish: Speldhurst

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Speldhurst St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text

16/457 No 12 (formerly listed as
20.10.54 The Cottage)


Cottage. Late C16, probably C18 stair block, minor C19 and C20
modernisations. Footings and entrance front up to first floor level of
coursed sandstone. Rest is timber-framed and mostly exposed; it is brick-
nogged at ground floor level and plastered infill above; the entrance front is
hung with peg-tile above first floor level. Brick stack and chimneyshaft.
Peg-tile roof.

Plan: House is built off the lane behind No 11 (q.v.). It faces uphill to
the north west and has a 2-room plan. The larger main living room to left
(north east) has a large projecting gable-end stack. Unheated service room to
right now contains the present kitchen and entrance through right end behind
the kitchen. Probably C18 stair block projects to rear of the service end.

2 storeys with attics in the roofspace and cellar.

Exterior: Attractive 2-window front, mostly C19 and C20 casements (some of
the frames may be C18) containing diamond panes of leaded glass. Ground floor
right window (to the kitchen) a C20 casement with no glazing bars. Exposed
large framing with evidence that it once had curving tension braces at first
floor level. Tall roof is gable-ended. The left end gable is timber-framed
and the chimneyshaft rises from the stack free-standing. The right (south
west) end is the entrance front and the doorway to right contains an old,
probably C19, plank door with coverstrips. The stair turet is probably C18
brick. Some repaired closed studded framing in the rear wall.

Interior: Is very well-preserved. Main room has a chamfered axial beam with
canted step stops and joists are chamfered with step stops; similar in chamber
above. Large fireplace with chamfered oak lintel. Right (south east) side
contains a large brick oven; its tile-roofed housing projects externally. 2-
bay roof of tie-beam trusses with clasped side purlins and queen struts.
Probably C18 winder stair.

No 12 is the oldest house in Old Groombridge (apart from the C15 Court Lodge
but that was re-erected in the village in 1912). It also forms part of the
superlative group of buildings associated with Groombridge Place (q.v.) in Old
Groombridge village.

Listing NGR: TQ5294337744

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