Hall Houses of Southfleet

A hall house is a medieval timber framed building, which originally contained a hall, a large room, open to the roof. From the 16th century the hall houses underwent alterations in keeping with the technology of the time, sometimes being split into more than one dwelling.

Southfleet, in north Kent, has 11 such houses, more than elsewhere in the region. The church in Southfleet was financially well situated and always gave a good living. This, together with productive arable land, made it a relatively wealthy village.

The talk looks at some of the hall houses in the village and discusses the original layout and how they have been modified over the years until the present to make them into houses suitable for 21st century living.

Hall House in Southfleet, Kent - photo by Ann Kneif

All talks are given with the aid of a PowerPoint presentation.