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Broadwater Farm Oasthouses, Broadwater Road, East Malling

© Mr Ron Garvey Broadwater Farm oasthouses GV II Oasthouses and attached cart shed. Early to mid 19TH century. Stowage is of 2 parallel ranges red brick in Flemish bond with grey brick headers. Front range is hipped with 3 cambered casements to 1st floor and 3 cambered doorcases. Rear range is half hipped to the end facing the road, which has 2 blocked pointed arches in the 1st floor and central loading door with cross-shaped iron ties. To farmyard side are cambered casements and cambered cart entrance converted to sliding door. The southernmost roundel is the earliest and could be early 19TH Century. This is in Flemish bond with tiled roof with cowl and fantail. The roundel immediately to the north is stock brick in Sussex bond with tiled roof with cowl and fantail. To the north are the remaining 3 kilns, 2 of which have bases of Kentish ragstone with galleting, and stock brick above, the third entirely of stock brick. All have tiled roofs with cowls and fantails. Attached to the north by an early 20th Century 2- storey wooden platform is a 4-bay mid-19th Century open fronted cart shed with queen post roof, red brick rear with pilasters and roof tiles missing at time of survey. Interior of oasthouses retain drying racks and hop presses.

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