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IoE Number: 174863
Location: NORMANS COTTAGES, BENOVER ROAD (south west side)
  YALDING, MAIDSTONE, KENT
Photographer: Mr Ray Hardinge
Date Photographed: 27 December 2004
Date listed: 13 May 1967
Date of last amendment: 14 October 1987
Grade II*

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YALDINGBENOVER ROADTQ 74 NW(south-west side)4/64The Normans

YALDING BENOVER ROAD TQ 74 NW (south-west side) 4/64 The Normans (formerly listed as Normans 13-5-67 Cottages, Benover) GV II* House, formerly cottages, now house. Late C16 or early C17, restored in mid C20. Timber framed, with rendered infilling. Herringbone brick infilling (probably C20) to left return. Plain tile roof. Courtyard house. Front range faces south-east, with symmetrical central-entry plan of 3 timber-framed bays, that to centre shorter. Rear range has 5 timber- framed bays; central stackbay, with one room comprising two timber-framed bays to left (south-west), and one long bay and one very short gable-end bay to right. Front and rear ranges joined by a single bay each side of a small courtyard. 2 storeys and attic, on ragstone plinth. Close-studded all round, including courtyard elevations, but excepting part of left return. Each floor has secondary midrail half way up. Front elevation: continuous jetty, with moulded bressumer and enriched solid-spandrel brackets. Similar continuous eaves jetty, carried on projecting tie-beam and wall-plate ends, and supporting three gables, that to centre smaller. All three have enriched bargeboards and moulded finials and pendants. Hipped roof to rear range, hips returning forwards to form sides of outer gables. Eaves and ridges continuous throughout house. Long curved sprockets. Projecting gable end stacks to front range, each dressed stone, on chamfered stone plinth, and with stone slab offsets. Left stack has red brick flue in English-type bond, with tumbled shoulders. Right stack has two diagonally-set flues on red and grey brick plinth in English bond, with moulded cornice. Central multiple brick ridge stack to rear range. Ovolo-moulded mullion windows to gables; one four-light to each outer gable and one two-light to centre. Regular 3-window front of rectangular moulded mullioned and transomed oriel windows on enriched brackets; one twelve- light with three-light ovolo-moulded mullioned frieze windows to each outer bay, and one ten-light with single-light ovolo-moulded frieze windows to central bay. Ground floor has similar frieze windows and twelve-light bay window, the latter on chamfered ragstone base, to each outer bay, and one four-light ovolo-moulded mullioned window (deepened to eight-light, probably later) to central bay. Broad moulded rectangular doorway with ribbed boarded door, up three ragstone steps to left side of central bay. Left return elevation: eight-light moulded mullioned and transomed window on chamfered stone base to left end of rear range. Moulded rectangular doorway to shorter central bay. Rear elevation: irregular fenestration of ovolo-moulded mullion windows (mainly original) to both floors. Right return elevation: three-light ovolo-moulded mullion window to right end of front range, behind stack. Boarded door in C20 recess to right end of rear range. Courtyard: ovolo-moulded mullion windows to each face, on each floor. Original rectangular doorway to rear range, in rear right corner. Interior: exposed framing. Front range has chamfered axial beam with chamfered tenoned cross beam to right and left rooms on each floor, and axial beam to entrance hall. Rear range has chamfered cross beam and chamfered tenoned axial beams to left room on each floor, and chamfered axial beam to right room. Axial joists to central left room on ground floor, and chamfered axial beam to central right room. Shaped jowls of large scantling to principal posts, except to front corners. Each range has clasped-purlin roof with diminishing principal rafters, curved windbraces, and intermediate collars, but no queen struts. Each corner turned on three principal rafters of particularly large scantling. Broad attic floorboards. Timber-framed partitions throughout house, framed with two panels per storey. Moulded rectangular doorways to front range rooms on ground floor. More simply-moulded doorway from stair hall to left room of rear range on both floors, and to head of smaller right staircase on first floor. Moulded four-centred-arched stone fireplace with rose and spear-leaf spandrels, dressing in very light relief, and vase stops with strapwork to chamfer below them, to both ground-floor rooms and left first-floor room of front range (right first-floor fireplace blocked). Broad, tooled stone fireplace with plain chamfer, vase stops, and chamfered wooden bressumer, to left and right ground-floor rooms of rear range, and small chamfered stone fireplace with bressumer to left first-floor room. Broad C20 open-well staircase in a C17 style, with turned oak balusters and moulded handrail, to central bay of left return. Small enclosed single-flight staircase to central bay of right return. A relatively uncommon house in this area.

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