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Latitude: 50.6613 / 50°39'40"N
Longitude: -3.7659 / 3°45'57"W
OS Eastings: 275281
OS Northings: 86115
OS Grid: SX752861
Mapcode National: GBR QG.KQ8D
Mapcode Global: FRA 370B.6PB
Entry Name: 17, Ford Street
Listing Date: 10 March 1977
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1097214
English Heritage Legacy ID: 85070
Location: Moretonhampstead, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13
Civil Parish: Moretonhampstead
Built-Up Area: Moretonhampstead
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Moretonhampstead St Andrew
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
MORETONHAMPSTEAD FORD STREET (south side)
8/137 No. 17
House with shop inserted later, and now just a house again. Circa late C15 or
early C16, floor inserted in circa late C16 or early C17 and remodelled in C18,
shop inserted in late C19 and rear wing added in C19. Granite rubble with
roughcast front, dressed granite end stack with later brick shafts. Rendered brick
rear wing with bitumen coated slate roof. Thatched main roof with gabled ends
abutting adjoining buildings.
Probably 3-room-and-through-passage plan, certainly with open hall and lower end,
probably divided by low screens, but uncertain whether originally open to the roof
at higher end as well. In late C16 or early C17 axial stack inserted at lower end
of hall backing onto passage, and hall floored. The early C19 lower end remodelled
or rebuilt to form separate house, No. 15 (q.v.). In late C19 hall divided into 2
with shop in front room with shop front inserted, and domestic entrance to rear
room from doorway in former passage now a carriageway to left. Probably some time
a rear service room in 2-storey wing was added.
2 storeys. 2-window range. Late C18 or early C19 2-light windows with glazing
bars, centre light casement on original hinges, ground floor right-hand window
centre light replaced. Ground floor left small late C19 shop front with bead
moulding to timber frame with cornice and 3-light casement window and integral 1/2-
glazed door to left. Inside carriageway to left a fine granite ashlar back to
stack with chamfered cornice and plinth, which originally backed on to through-
passage. To side of stack a board partition with a C18 door with 2 fielded panels,
which is main entrance to house.
Interior: access to roof only from No. 15 and, therefore, only 1 truss seen in
roofspace. This truss is smoke-blackened on lower side, against hall stack.
Principals, probably jointed crucks, with morticed apex, cut for diagonal ridge and
with triangular block in apex angle, morticed cambered collar which has been cut in
half and threaded purlins. The thatch over hall appears to be smoke-blackened as
well. The hall stack has thatch weatherings. Cruck, probably jointed, closed truss
over upper end of hall. One bay hall and relatively large inner room. Plank and
muntin screen at higher end of hall with chamfered muntins with high run-out stops
and wide planks. Longitudinal hall ceiling beams with hollow step stops resting on
projecting head beam of screen which is plastered over. Also 2 chamfered half-
beams, one at front, the other against rear wall, with hollow step stop. Blocked
fireplace at lower end of hall.
C18 or early C19 framed stair inserted into backs of hall. C18 2-panel door on
This is a late Medieval house with much surviving original fabric and an
interesting later development. The last changes were in C19 and it has remained
remarkably unaltered since then, both externally and internally. It is one of the
earliest buildings in Moretonhampstead and one of only 4 or 5 With Medieval smoke-
blackened roof timbers. Surviving Medieval roofs are rare in towns.
Listing NGR: SX7528286113
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