The architect for Farnaby's 1760s house is unknown, but the surviving drawings show that Robert Adam made designs for chimneypieces and tables. Adam's marble chimneypiece in the hall was executed, but it is not known if his other designs were executed or not.
The Farnaby title became extinct on the death of the 5th Baronet in 1859, and extensive alterations were made to the house from 1874. Since 1952 Kippington has been used as a care home, and since 1991 it has been at the centre of a seventeen-hectare conservation area.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert & James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 20, 70; E. Harris, The furniture of Robert Adam, 1963, pp. 50, 65; N. Pevsner, and J. Newman, The buildings of England: West Kent and the Weald, 1976, p. 517; M. M. Drummond, 'Farnaby (afterwards Farnaby Radcliffe), Sir Charles, 3rd Bt (c1740-98), of Kippington, nr. Sevenoaks, Kent', The history of Parliament online
Frances Sands, 2012
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Contents of Kippington, Sevenoaks, Kent: designs for chimneypieces and tables for Sir Charles Farnaby, 1764-65 (7)
- Design for a chimneypiece for the hall, 1764, as executed (1)
- Design for a chimneypiece for the dining room, 1764 (1)
- Design for a chimneypiece for the drawing room, 1764 (1)
- Design for a chimneypiece for Sir Charles's bedchamber, 1764 (1)
- Design for a chimneypiece for Sir Charles's dressing room, 1764 (1)
- Design for a chimneypiece for Lady Farnaby's dressing room, 1764 (1)
- Design for a table, 1765 (1)