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Ancient Monuments

The parish of Wye with Hinxhill has four Scheduled Monuments of national importance, two Registered Parks and Gardens, and 140 Listed buildings, monuments and structures. This figure includes the four Grade I and seven Grade II* Listed buildings itemised below.

Wye Parish Church, Saint Gregory and Saint Martin <>, Listed Grade 1

Wye Parish Church, Saint Gregory and Saint Martin, Listed Grade 1

Scheduled Monuments**

Medieval undercroft, Bridge Street, Wye (Historic England List Entry Summary)

Medieval college of St Gregory and St Martin, Wye (formerly Wye College, High Street, Wye) The scheduled monument includes all the land beneath the Old Hall, cloisters, Latin School, Latin School walled garden and the Wheel Room.

Early medieval hlaew (tumulus, barrow or burial mound) in Juniper Wood, Top Road, Wye

Late Neolithic to late Bronze Age bowl barrow, Broad Downs, Hastingleigh Road, Wye (National Nature Reserve)

Early Bronze Age saucer barrow, (1,800 -1,200 BC) Warren Wood, Crundale

Historic England: 'The example in Warren Wood survives well and is an outlier to the main concentration of such monuments, being the only one known in Kent' 'As a rare and fragile form of round barrow, all identified saucer barrows would normally be considered to be of national importance.'

NB. former designation **Scheduled Ancient Monuments

Listed Buildings

Grade I

Wye College, cloister quadrangle, Wye College, High Street, Wye

The Latin School, Wye College, High Street, Wye (Image below)

Church of Saint Gregory and Saint Martin, High Street, Wye

Church of St Mary, Hinxhill

(Click on the links for the Listing details held by Historic England)

The Old Latin School and the porter's lodge have survived almost intact as part of the modern Wye Agricultural College.

Wye Latin School, built 1447 as a school. Listed Grade 1 and a Scheduled Monument.

'The monument includes the remains of the medieval College of St Gregory and St Martin at Wye, founded in 1447 and situated adjacent to what is now the High Street...The free grammar school was held in the small building to the south of the main college. This was known as the Old Latin School, its purpose being to teach the children of the village Latin and grammar. Historic England

Historic England's reasons for a Grade 1 designation: '...The old college buildings, as established by Kempe in 1447, have survived almost unchanged from the 15th century, owing to the condition placed on their sale to Walter Bucler in 1545 that a free school for the poor children of Wye should continue as before [the Dissolution]. The buildings of the original college foundation - the Old Latin School, the cloister quadrangle and the Wheel Room - have remained in use as educational establishments almost continuously since their foundation...Wye is therefore a rare survival, preserving aspects of medieval architecture along with archaeological information relating to the 15th century and earlier. (extract)

Read Historic England's full reasons for its Grade I designation here.

Wye Parish Council nominated the Latin School as an Asset of Community Value. (Ashford Borough Council register reference PR86-020)

Grade II*

The Old Manor House, 36, Church Street, Wye

The Old Flying Horse Inn, 1, 3 and 5, The Green, Wye

Spring Grove, and walled garden attached, Harville Road, Wye

Yew Trees, Scotton Street, Wye

Wye bridge, Bridge Street, Wye

Wheel Room (former Post-Graduate Common Room, Wye College) walls and gates attached, High Street, Wye

Old Swan House, 134-140, Bridge Street, Wye

Grade II

For a full listing description of Grade I and II* and II buildings, scheduled monuments and historic structures, please search Historic England's records online here.

Historic Parks and Gardens

A flock of Suffolk sheep in Olantigh Park. Trees planted after the 1987 Great Storm in their autumn colours

Image: Olantigh Park, with Olantigh Mount in the background. Please click on the photo for more information.

The National Heritage List for England (NHLE):

Olantigh, Wye

'Olantigh has 107 hectares of park and pleasure grounds of a mid-19th century design over earlier features. The house, water gardens, formal gardens, exotic conifers, trees and herbaceous plants are sited in the valley near the river. The park and farm are on high ground.'

'Olantigh has probably been the most severely devastated by the October 1987 storm of all the east Kent gardens. The severity of the destruction was only equalled by that at Emmetts and Chartwell in west Kent. All areas had zones of total destruction or damage, notably in the water gardens and river area, and the many specimen beeches and limes in the parkland areas.'

(Extracts from the Parks and Gardens UK website) See also the National Heritage List for England: Register of Parks and Gardens Grade II Reference GD1228

Withersdane Hall Gardens, Coldharbour Lane, Wye

(These gardens are both private, and neither is open to the public, however Olantigh Park (see image) is accessible by public footpath)

Listed Building Enquiry

For a search and full listing description of Grade I and II* and II buildings, scheduled monuments and historic structures, please search Historic England's records here.

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Last updated: Sun, 02 Oct 2022 10:23