Barrack Cottage Front door
Barrack Cottage is one of the 4 oldest properties in the village of Sedlescombe, all of which were designed originally as a Hall house; this means they follow the same rectangular plan with large open to the eaves central hall, with two storey bays either side of this.
the name came during the Napoleanoic Wars when soldiers were guarding a near by Powdermill and it is presumed they stayed either within the cottages or within the field to the rear - which is also named Barracksfield.
This grade II listed mid C15 timber-framed building, is mostly refaced with red brick on the ground floor and tile-hung above, but with the first floor still over-sailing on carved brackets, which is the last example of this in the village. it has a bay on the ground floor with the timbering still exposed in its upper part. It has a steeply-pitched hipped tiled roof with casement windows.
Of the original house only the South end is still in existence today, with the adjoining cottage Iltonbath being rebuilt at the end of the C15
later additions to Barrack Cottage include a C16 oriel, and single storey rear wing extension in the C17, as well as a rebated chimney. Unfortunately during the C18 or C19 the first floor protruding north bays were demolished.