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Potkiln Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in High Halden, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1218 / 51°7'18"N

Longitude: 0.7111 / 0°42'39"E

OS Eastings: 589824

OS Northings: 139325

OS Grid: TQ898393

Mapcode National: GBR QVK.LLR

Mapcode Global: VHKKR.82SD

Plus Code: 9F324PC6+PC

Entry Name: Potkiln Farmhouse

Listing Date: 16 August 1962

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1362889

English Heritage Legacy ID: 180253

Location: High Halden, Ashford, Kent, TN26

County: Kent

District: Ashford

Civil Parish: High Halden

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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TQ 83 NE

Potkiln Farmbouse


Farmhouse, Circa 1600 with C18 and C20 alterations. Timber framed with close-
studding plaster infill and some brick pitching. Plain tile hipped roof. Large brick
axial stack with 4 flues and cornice and later small brick axial stack with 4 flues
and cornice and later small brick external stack at north-west and with tiled set-offs.

3-room and cross-passage plan (passage probably later insertion), the hall and
parlour heated from back-to-back fireplaces in an axial stack in a chimney bay, the
short service end (left) originally divided axially into 2 small service rooms.
Originally 2 storeys with attic and possibly originally with stair tower at rear of
cross-passage providing access to first floor and attic. Stairs moved later to
chimney bay beside stack and in C20 second stair inserted into passage and an axial
passage created at rear of hall.

2 storeys and attic. Asymmetrical 9-window south-west front with exposed close-
studding, storey posts and mid rail. C20 casements some in small original mullioned
openings and doorway to left with C20 plank door. Brick patch to right and small C20
bay to right of that. Left (NW) end is rebuilt in brick on ground floor under jettied
close-studded first floor, with C18 leaded pane casement. Similar casement and small
2-light windows on SE end. Similar small 2-light windows on first floor at rear and
large 5-light mullion-transom window on ground floor with later outshut on left and
C20 porch on right.

Interior: Hall has stopped chamfered intersecting beams, chamfered joists and later
partitions at rear and to left forming cross-passage, and large brick fireplace with
cambered timber lintel. Similar but smaller fireplace in parlour which has chamfered
axial beam and joists. Two service doorways (one blocked) into small service end.
Staircase beside stack in chimney bay with octagonal newel with ogee-shaped finial.
Chambers have chamfered beams and exposed joists, hall and parlour chambers have
fireplaces with cambered chamfered timber lintels. Many Cl7 plank doors survive.
Fine 5-bay roof structure complete over hall and service end, bay 4 is chimney bay
and bay 5 rebuilt in C17 or C18. Side purlins clasped by diminished principals,
large jowled queen struts and collars; intermediate collars birdmouthed to purlins;
curved wind-braces in bays 2 and 3 in one direction only and large common rafters
without ridgepieces. The attic has old floorboards.

Note: The name Potkiln refers to the house's association with the pottery
industry in High Halden in the C18.

Listing NGR: TQ8982439325

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