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Church House

A Grade II Listed Building in Abbotskerswell, Devon

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Latitude: 50.5074 / 50°30'26"N

Longitude: -3.6132 / 3°36'47"W

OS Eastings: 285703

OS Northings: 68753

OS Grid: SX857687

Mapcode National: GBR QR.7FCD

Mapcode Global: FRA 37BQ.66F

Plus Code: 9C2RG94P+XP

Entry Name: Church House

Listing Date: 23 August 1955

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1097318

English Heritage Legacy ID: 84727

ID on this website: 101097318

Location: Abbotskerswell, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ12

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

Civil Parish: Abbotskerswell

Built-Up Area: Abbotskerswell

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Abbotskerswell The Blessed Virgin Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Church house used as village hall. Mid C16 restored in 1913-14. Limestone rubble
walls and gable ended slate roof on chamfered stone cornice. 3 rubble stacks; the
left-hand gable stack is corbelled and the right-hand gable stack projects.
Projecting lateral stack at front.
Probably 2 room plan originally from positions of stacks - one larger room heated by
lateral stack and smaller room heated by gable stack. Newel stairs in larger room
on opposite wall to fireplace. Probably one room on first floor heated by corbelled
gable end stack. Access by external stone staircase at rear as well as newel stairs
on the same wall.
2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window front of 2, 3 and 4 light early C20 wooden
mullions with 4 centred arched heads and 'leaded' panes. Wooden lintels. Wall
projects slightly towards right-hand end and on the ground floor there is original
heavy round-headed chamfered wooden doorframe. To its left is a similar early C20
fascimile doorway which is narrorwer. The chimney projects to left of centre. C19
outshut against right gable end.
Interior: Good quality beamed ceiling to ground floor rooms of chamfered cross
beams with hollow step stops and similarly decorated joists. Some beams rest on
chamfered wood corbels. Half beam at right-hand gable end appears to have pyramid
stops. Fireplaces are blocked. The roof timbers date from the early C20
restoration and consists of common rafters exposed upto collar height and chamfered.
Original square-headed wooden doorframe to newel stairs survives on first floor,
chamfered with masons's mitres. Stone newel stairs.
Documentary evidence relates that on 24th November 1542 the Abbot of Sherbourne gave
to "our parish Church of Kerswell Abbot" a parcel of land on which is built the
church house.
Despite the C20 restoration, this church house remains virtually unaltered in form,
preserving some good quality internal features, with more possibly concealed, and is
a good example of its kind occupying a very prominent position in the village
Source Devon Sites and Monuments Register.

Listing NGR: SX8570368753

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