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North Heathercombe

A Grade II Listed Building in Manaton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6152 / 50°36'54"N

Longitude: -3.8127 / 3°48'45"W

OS Eastings: 271851

OS Northings: 81066

OS Grid: SX718810

Mapcode National: GBR QD.8Q91

Mapcode Global: FRA 27XF.SKG

Plus Code: 9C2RJ58P+3W

Entry Name: North Heathercombe

Listing Date: 4 February 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1097261

English Heritage Legacy ID: 84977

Location: Manaton, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Manaton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Manaton St Winifred

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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House, formerly farmhouse. Probably late C15 with subsequent alterations in C16,
C17 and C18 and modernised late C20. Rendered granite rubble walls. Granite
rubble chimney stacks with drip-courses and tapering granite caps. Thatched roof
to right and hipped to left. Slate roof to outshut at rear.
Original plan three room and through passage with open hall and possibly low
partitions. Re-modelled in second half of C16 when a closed truss was inserted
between the hall and inner room, inner room possibly ceiled at this stage and newel
staircase added. Hall fireplace and ceiling inserted probably early C17. Also at
this stage it is likely that the lower end was re-roofed and the porch added to the
front of the passage. In C18 rear outshut added.
2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3-window front of C20 2, 3 and 4-light wooden casement
windows with glazing bars in small openings. Through passage doorway to right of
centre with C17 studded plank door in contemporary rendered stone porch with seats
either side and thatched gable roof. Reputedly the porch once had a granite arched
doorway. Granite rubble outshut at rear with C20 casements and plank door to left
of centre. Granite rubble garden walls to front of house with dressed quoins and
flat coping stones with slight return towards the house porch. Left hand wall
curves back to house and at upper end incorporates 6 bee-boles with corbelled
roofs. To right of door the wall extends approximately 13 metres northwards with 1
break. The wall ranges from 1 to 2 metres high.
Interior: although recent modernisation has considerably altered the plan of the
house a number of good early features survive. 2 smoke-blackened roof trusses of
differing types remain. Over the hall is the remains of an original truss of very
large scantling with curved feet and a morticed collar above which the truss is cut
off. There is a mortice in the top of the principal where it is cut off. Only a
small section of collar survives. (This truss is similar in form to the roof in
Penellick Farmhouse, Pelynt, Cornwall). The other early truss is the closed truss
at the higher end of the hall which is also smoke-blackened on the hall side. This
consists of a blade morticed into a wall-post but without the typical curve of the
usual jointed cruck. The joint is side-pegged on the hall side. There is a
straight collar notched and halved onto the principal rafters. The purlins and
ridge are threaded. Between these 2 roof trusses the purlins and rafters are also
smoke-blackened. Over the lower end are plain C17 trusses.
The ground floor partition between hall and inner room has been removed; on the
rear wall of the hall, probably close to the position of the partition, a stone
newel staircase rises leading to the chamber above the inner room. The hall
fireplace is granite framed with a corbelled chamfered lintel. The corbel stones
are curved with chamfered edge and the jambs are also chamfered with rough stops.
The fireplace back adjoining the cross passage is constructed of granite ashlar
with a coved cornice. The lower room has a heavy unchamfered cross beam and a 4
fielded panel door. Elsewhere in the house several C17 plank doors survive,
studded with old strap hinges.
Although considerably modernised this house preserves a very traditional appearance
from the outside and internally contains several early features of particular
interest because of relatively unusual construction such as the 2 early roof
trusses and the corbelled fireplace.

Listing NGR: SX7185181066

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