Pattyndenne Manor

Base size : 21 x 17cm

Scale 1:105

30 component parts

three full colour A4 pages

Price £5.00 plus P&P

Pattyndenne Manor is a historic house which is of great interest to me personally. I am grateful to the present owner for allowing me to use his wonderful home as the subject of a model, and for his kind co-operation and support.

Pattyndenne is a Saxon word which describes a forest clearing in which lies a river which has a tendency to swell and flood. The family living here, near the present town of Goudhurst, Kent, became to be known as Pattyndenne (later spelt as Pattenden).

The family achieved prosperity, becoming Lords of the Manor. This substantial house was built by them in 1470, probably replacing an earlier house on the site. The Pattyndenne family subsequently sold the house in 1530 to Lord Berkeley, a companion of Henry VIII. It is known that Henry stayed here, using the house as a hunting lodge. There are some small original stained glass quarters in the house depicting the coats of arms of Henry VIII and Catharine of Aragon.

It is a timber framed Wealden hall house, built originally in a period which predated the introduction of chimneys. The banqueting hall reached up to the full height of the house. Smoke from a central hearth in the hardened earth floor would have drifted up to the roof timbers, and escaped through a small vent. The house is remarkable for having been little altered since Elizabethan times. The hall was at that time roofed over to form a bedroom and attic above, and huge fireplaces were built. An extension was built to house the staircase, and a kitchen wing was added. Apart from 19th century additions to the west side, the house has survived intact.

The Pattenden name has been studied by the genealogist Karen Tayler (nee Pattenden). Details of some 4000 Pattendens past and present can be found on her site (see below for address). My own ancestry has been traced back eleven generations to Jeremiah Pattenden of Mayfield, Sussex, who was born around 1610. No connection has been made, but of course I would love to believe that those few missing generations would lead back to the builders of Pattyndenne Manor.

Brian and Karen Taylerís website, which includes the Pattenden genealogy pages, can be found at
www.kcckal.demon.co.uk