High Weald

Farmsteads and hamlets

The High Weald has one of the highest concentrations of surviving early farmsteads buildings anywhere in Europe. These date mostly from the 18th century or earlier and display a rich variety of patterns and forms, with a strong tradition of building in timber frame. 

The video (below) of the launch of the Kent Farmsteads Guidance provides more information on the unique character of the area's farmsteads. Click on the playlist (topleft) for information on the speakers and topics covered or Watch the Kent farmstead launch presentations on our YouTube Channel.

The Kent Farmsteads Guidance has been published by Kent County Council, in partnership with  English Heritage and the High Weald and Kent Downs AONB Partnerships. Although focused on Kent the guidance is relevant to farmsteads across the rest of the High Weald and has been informed by research in the area.   

Download the Kent Farmstead Guidance 

pdf Summary Kent Farmsteads Guidance 2014 (1.11 MB)

pdf Part 1 Kent Farmsteads Guidance 2014 (3.30 MB)

pdf Part 2 Kent Farmstead Guidance Planning Context 2014 (2.75 MB)

pdf Part 3 Kent Farmstead Guidance Character Statements (8.81 MB)

pdf Part 4 Character Area Statements 2014 (4.44 MB)

pdf Part 5 Kent Farmstead Guidance Design Guidance 2014 (2.21 MB)

pdf Part 6 Kent Farmstead Guidance  Recording 2014 (548 KB)

pdf Part 7 Glossary Kent Farmstead Guidance 2014 (277 KB)

See also 

High Weald Farmstead Research Reports