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Durtnell's 1st Building

The first recorded house, built by John Dartnall and his brother Brian, was an oak-framed property called Poundsbridge Manor (nicknamed, The Picture House). Located just outside of Penshurst in Kent, it was built for their father, William Dartnall, who was Rector of Penshurst. 
Brian had been a carpenter all of his working life and John, his younger brother started in the trade at around the age of 16. John first acquired a taste for carpentry by repairing and making farm carts at Spout Farm, Westerham where he was born and spent his childhood, learning the craft from his elder brothers, William, Brian and Edward. Each of the brothers acquired property of their own, William at Speldhurst, Brian at Westerham, Edward at Hadlow and John at Brasted. Over time they adapted their carpentry skills to the construction of large timber frame buildings.

John is first recorded as a Carpenter in 1591 in the Westerham Parish Register when he married Ann Hearst. He and his contemporaries continued the tradition of cottage and farmhouse building in medieval Kent which they had inherited. When John died in 1610 he was buried in Brasted Church Yard. Poundsbridge Manor has 1593 above the front door to represent the year that William and his wife Margaret moved into the house

As a testament to the high quality of Durtnell’s buildings, Poundsbridge Manor still stands today having survived bombings in both World Wars.


poundsbridge manor1

Durtnell's 1st Building

The first recorded house, built by John Dartnall and his brother Brian, was an oak-framed property called Poundsbridge Manor (nicknamed, The Picture House). Located just outside of Penshurst in Kent, it was built for their father, William Dartnall, who was Rector of Penshurst. 
Brian had been a carpenter all of his working life and John, his younger brother started in the trade at around the age of 16. John first acquired a taste for carpentry by repairing and making farm carts at Spout Farm, Westerham where he was born and spent his childhood, learning the craft from his elder brothers, William, Brian and Edward. Each of the brothers acquired property of their own, William at Speldhurst, Brian at Westerham, Edward at Hadlow and John at Brasted. Over time they adapted their carpentry skills to the construction of large timber frame buildings.

John is first recorded as a Carpenter in 1591 in the Westerham Parish Register when he married Ann Hearst. He and his contemporaries continued the tradition of cottage and farmhouse building in medieval Kent which they had inherited. When John died in 1610 he was buried in Brasted Church Yard. Poundsbridge Manor has 1593 above the front door to represent the year that William and his wife Margaret moved into the house

As a testament to the high quality of Durtnell’s buildings, Poundsbridge Manor still stands today having survived bombings in both World Wars.

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