Two sur­vivors from changes down Ivy Lane

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Family Announcements -

The first of the above pic­tures is a re­pro­duc­tion of a wa­ter­colour, un­der­taken by EA Phip­son around 1880. It shows a long row of an­cient cot­tages on the south side of Ivy Lane, that stretches right down to the nar­row junc­tion into Lower Chantry Lane.

This amaz­ing im­age in­cludes two 14th cen­tury Wealden Hall-style houses, al­beit long since sub­di­vided and adapted into small, sep­a­rate ten­e­ments.

A Wealden Hall house is en­tirely tim­ber-framed and would have had a cen­tral ‘hall’ sec­tion that rose to the height of the roof.

It was here that a cen­tral hearth would have been po­si­tioned, with a small open­ing in the roof above to left the smoke out.

The flank­ing wings would have been of the con­ven­tional two-storey lay­out.

A pho­to­graph, from 1910, shows that the lane had not al­tered since the Vic­to­rian wa­ter­colour. How­ever, changes oc­curred shortly there­after.

One of the Wealden Hall houses (the one fur­thest from the artist) and other ad­ja­cent prop­er­ties, per­ished in about 1915, to be re­placed by a row of brick-built cot­tages.

Other houses, at the Lower Chantry Lane end, were lost in the 1942 Blitz.

The sur­viv­ing Wealden Hall was ren­o­vated sev­eral times dur­ing the 20th cen­tury but, by the end of the 1950s was be­ing threat­ened with de­mo­li­tion once more.

Luck­ily, in stepped An­thony Swaine, who painstak­ingly re­stored the build­ing, so that it now closely re­sem­bles its orig­i­nal ap­pear­ance ex­ter­nally. The re­stored house can be seen in the sec­ond photo, which dates from 1997.

The smaller house near­est the cam­era has also sur­vived from the 1880 wa­ter­colour.

First im­age is a re­pro­duc­tion of a wa­ter­clour by EA Phip­son of Ivy Lane, as it was in 1880; right, two of the sur­viv­ing prop­er­ties in 1997

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