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Latitude: 50.9871 / 50°59'13"N
Longitude: -3.9772 / 3°58'38"W
OS Eastings: 261316
OS Northings: 122714
OS Grid: SS613227
Mapcode National: GBR KV.L289
Mapcode Global: FRA 26KH.NCR
Entry Name: Brightley Barton
Listing Date: 9 June 1952
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1079489
English Heritage Legacy ID: 443218
Location: Chittlehampton, North Devon, Devon, EX37
District: North Devon
Civil Parish: Chittlehampton
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Chittlehampton with Umberleigh
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS 62 SW
3/78 Brightley Barton
House. Late C15 fabric to porch and inner doorway and possibly some stonework, all
probably reused in early C17 rebuilding, with C19 alterations and additions.
Dressed and coursed unrendered stone rubble. Slate roof with crested ridge tiles;
hipped at left end, gable end to right. Brick stack to each gable end, lateral rear
stone rubble stack enclosed by C19 rear wing and axial brick shaft to stack backing
onto passage. Demolished lateral stack to outer face of wing at left end.
Plan 2 rooms to left, single large room to right of through passage, with 2
adjoining gable-ended wings to rear left end, and added bay at right end extending
forward as front wing, formerly cider house, now forming part of dwelling.
Complex plan development obscured by later alterations. The original house stood on
the moated site immediately to the west of the present house, so it is probable that
the porch and inner doorways and possibly some of the stonework were reused in the
late C16/early C17 rebuilding. The eaves have been heightened, the roof structure
over the 2 left-hand rooms having been replaced in C18; the 4 trusses of early C17
date over the right-hand rooms are entirely clean. The left-hand room adjoining the
passage is heated by the rear lateral stack, the fireplace originally having a bread
oven, so that possibly this was the service end. The room at the left end clearly
extended back into the outer rear gable ended wing, but this was heavily rebuilt
when the adjoining rear wing was added on its inner side; this latter wing contains
a servants staircase. The wide passage probably always contained the principal
staircase, but this was replaced in C19. The large room to the right, was
apparently originally divided into 2, the axial stack backing onto the passage
heating the former left-hand room, the fireplace now concealed, and the gable end
stack, the right-hand room. Intersecting ceiling beams with moulded plasterwork
decoration are confined to the former left-hand room. The added bay of 1 room plan
and the front cider house wing are probably of C17 date, but heavily rebuilt in C19
and converted to form part of dwelling in late C20.
2 storeys. Virtually symmetrical 5-window range, the 2 outer windows on each floor
of C19 3-light casements, 3 panes per light, except for the 2 ground floor left-hand
windows which are cavetto stone mullions of 3 lights with cavetto moulded ashlar
surrounds. Additionally, there is a C19 casement of 2 lights, 3 panes per light,
just to left and above the entrance porch. All upper floor windows have slightly
cambered dressed stone lintels. Ground floor right-hand windows have timber
lintels. Entrance porch of stone rubble with gabled slate roof with shaped
bargeboards. Ashlar heraldic crest of Gifford family above C15 semi-circular stone
arched doorway with ogee-hollow moulded surround and hoodmould with foliate label
stops. Narrower inner door, similarly moulded with C18 semi-circular headed timber
door which has raised and fielded panels to inner face, and cover strips to outer
face forming 12 panels. Set back buttresses to left end of main range. Cider-house
wing has 3-window range. C20 fenestration. Pigeon holes to front gable end.
Interior. Joinery entirely replaced in C19. Room to left of passage has roughly
dressed stone arch instead of more usual timber lintel to fireplace. Chamfered
cross ceiling beams, with undressed stone corbel to rear wall supporting right-hand
beam. Room to right has partially panelled ceiling with intersecting ceiling beams
forming 4 fields, the beams with moulded plaster decoration with central Tudor rose
to the soffit at the intersection and 3 paterae to soffit of each beam.
Roof structure. 5 probably C18 pegged trusses with straight principals and
staggered butt purlins over main range to left of axial stack. 4 late C16 or early
C17 trusses over right-hand side of main range, closely spaced (circa 2.5 metres
apart) with heavy principals, the feet cut away, carrying 2 tiers of threaded
purlins and ridge purlin and with morticed and tenoned cambered collars. Mortices
to the upper sides to take joists indicate that the chamber ceilings have been
considerably lowered. The cider house retains its massive C18 cider presses with
wooden screw. On the press is inscribed 'Brightly Barton was repainted 1895,
Greenslade and Westacott'.
Listing NGR: SS6131622714
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