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Monument details

HER Number:TQ 77 SE 1118
Type of record:Farmstead
Name:Lodge Hill Farm - Farmstead south west of Lodge Hill, Cooling


A regular courtyard farmstead with buildings to three sides of the yard incorporating a L-plan element.

Grid Reference:TQ 7567 7394
Map Sheet:TQ77SE

Monument Types

  • FARMSTEAD (Post Medieval - 1760 AD to 1800 AD)

Full description

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Type: Regular courtyardL with working agricultural buildings on three sides and with additional detached elements to the main plan
Farmhouse: Farmhouse detached gable end-on to yard
Position: Isolated position
Survivial: Farmstead completely demolished
New sheds: Large modern sheds built on the site of the historic farmstead, may have destroyed original buildings or obscured them

This feature is mentioned in the English Heritage Historic Area Assessment for Cooling Parish. This feature was originally in Cooling Parish until boundary changes to Hoo St Werburgh Parish. The report states "The third part of the divided manor [of Cooling], Cowling Lodge. Its lands occupied the crest of the ridge with 'a most extensive prospect on all sides' and views to both the Medway and the Thames. Construction of a substantial house, Lodge Hill [see TQ 77 SE 1363], was begun here in c1760 by Samuel Clay Harvey and a separate farmstead was located nearby…Lodge Hill Farm which now lies within the parish of Hoo St Werburgh after a boundary change, and the c 1760s house at Lodge Hill were acquired by the military in the late 19th century. The house, once perhaps the grandest in the parish, was uninhabited in 1969 and the 'setting for bomb disposal practice'. Its environs contain the remains of First World War anti-aircraft batteries. The military complex at Lodge Hill and Chattenden was undergoing major redevelopment at the time of the assessment". (3)

<1> Forum Heritage Services, 2012, Kent Farmsteads & Landscape Project (Unpublished document). SKE18075.

<2> English Heritage, 2009, Historic Farmsteads: A Manual for Mapping (Unpublished document). SKE18076.

<3> historic england, 2014, Hoo Peninsula Outline Historic Area Assessment: Cooling Parish. Research Report 51-2014. (Bibliographic reference). SKE31592.

Sources and further reading

Cross-ref. Source description
<1>Unpublished document: Forum Heritage Services. 2012. Kent Farmsteads & Landscape Project.
<2>Unpublished document: English Heritage. 2009. Historic Farmsteads: A Manual for Mapping.
<3>Bibliographic reference: historic england. 2014. Hoo Peninsula Outline Historic Area Assessment: Cooling Parish. Research Report 51-2014..