St. Radigund's Hall (Simple Simon's pub)
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Wealden Hall type house - from 14th or 15th century

Simple Simon's

Simple Simon's

  Jettied bay on right - typical of Wealden Hall houses
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Note the old mediaeval window (the wooden frame around and above the sign) with the more recent sash window cut into it at the top
Note the triangle in the roof which would have served as a chimney in mediaeval times, letting out the smoke from the hall without letting in rain!

Notes: This is one of the oldest (and most interesting) houses in Canterbury (It is described in Scoffham's book - see the bibliography.) Originally it must have been tucked just inside the wall, which ran a few feet in front of it.

See the jettied bays at either end - in other words, the two pieces sticking out over the street - the second photo above shows the right one, with its hung tiles. These are typical of such Hall houses.

Scoffham notes that it is formed of two Wealden Hall houses which make a T-shape. He points out the recessed section in the middle which had no middle floor originally and formed the Hall part (compare with the Hall in Ivy Lane).

However, closer examination suggest that this is not quite true. It is more probably made up of three original buildings fitted together - one to the left, one to the right and the third at the back at right angles.

In fact you can see the join in the picture to the top left, above the green dustbins (20th century) - you can see that the roof is not continuous. This is even clearer from the back - see the photo below, which shows the three roofs joining.

Simple Simon's

Photograph from the rear courtyard which shows where the three original rooves meet.
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