TR1456 : Old Oast House, Hollow Lane, Canterbury, Kent

taken 8 years ago, near to Thanington, Kent, Great Britain

Old Oast House, Hollow Lane, Canterbury, Kent
Old Oast House, Hollow Lane, Canterbury, Kent

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Old Oast House, Hollow Lane
This unusual twin internal kilned oast house, built in 1887, was last used as a furniture workshop. Unscrupulous developers, Pentland Properties, want to demolish this marvellous building and build a three storey block of four offices and twelve flats.

A previous application to alter the building was refused in 2007, on the grounds that the changes "would detract from the simple rural character of the building to the detriment of the visual amenities", giving some hope that an application to remove it completely would be thrown out.

The building appears to be in original condition externally and should be a listed building, which unfortunately it is not at present. The council asked National Heritage to list it but they said it is not of significant architectural merit to list. Most oasts of this era had round or square kilns externally to the building, however this well proportioned oast house has two internal kilns, and a central hoist.
Oast Houses
An Oast House is a building used to dry fresh hops before they are sent to the brewers, to be used for flavouring beer. A traditional Oast House consists of the 'oast' and the 'stowage'. The oast was a kiln, with a plenum chamber fired by charcoal at ground floor and the drying floor directly above. The steep pitched roof channelled the hot air through the hops to the top. The stowage, was the barn section, it had a cooling floor and press at first floor and storage area at ground floor. Read more LinkExternal link
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

…read more at wikipedia LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Saturday, 4 July, 2009   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 4 July, 2009
Primary Subject of Photo
Oast House 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 1418 5646 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:16.0220N 1:4.1291E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TR 1415 5646
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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