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Southwood Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Christow, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6628 / 50°39'45"N

Longitude: -3.65 / 3°39'0"W

OS Eastings: 283475

OS Northings: 86086

OS Grid: SX834860

Mapcode National: GBR QN.JPXQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 377B.3V5

Entry Name: Southwood Farmhouse

Listing Date: 9 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1097811

English Heritage Legacy ID: 85631

Location: Christow, Teignbridge, Devon, EX6

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

Civil Parish: Christow

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Christow St James

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

SX 88 NW
2/112 Southwood Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Late medieval origins, remodelled and extended in the C17, datestone of
1742 on front ; rear lean-to probably C19, extended by a C20 conservatory. Rendered
cob on stone rubble footings; thatched roof, half-hipped at left end, gabled at right
end, rear wing half-hipped at end ; projecting right end stack, axial stack, both
with rendered shafts.
Plan: 2 room and through passage plan with a rear right wing forming an overall L.
Originally an open hall house (apex of roof not inspected but said to be sooted from
end to end) presumably divided by low screens. When the house was floored, probably
in the late C16/C17 the hall stack was added, backing on to the passage creating a
hall/kitchen at the higher end and the lower end was remodelled as a parlour. The
rear right wing may have been added at the same date providing 2 ground floor service
rooms with accommodation over. The rear lean-to with a corrugated iron roof, now a
kitchen, was probably a C19 dairy addition.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3 window front, the eaves thatch gabled over 3
first floor late C18 or C19 2-light casements with glazing bars, 4 similar ground
floor windows. Good probably C17 chamfered square-headed oak doorframe to front door
to passage to right of centre, C19 plank front door. Nowy headed plaster frame to
date of 1742 with initials GB above front door. The rear wing has a first floor 3-
light C17 timber mullioned window in the end wall, the mullions chamfered on the
inside; smaller 2-light timber mullioned window to first floor on inner return wall
of wing.
Interior: Good survival of C16 and C17 carpentry and other features. Late medieval
rear oak doorframe to through passage with a shouldered arch, chamfered jambs and
lintel and a massive plank and stud door. The ashlar granite of the rear of the
hall/kitchen stack is exposed in the passage with a granite cornice and a short
section of plank and muntin screen forms the remainder of the hall/cross passage
partition. The partition to the lower end room is incomplete but has chamfered
muntins with pyramid stops on the passage side. The hall has chamfered stopped
crossbeams and an open fireplace with granite monolith jambs, a chamfered lintel and
a bread oven : a straight stair rises against the rear wall of the hall. The lower
end room has an open fireplace with rounded jambs and a timber lintel ; a chamferd
stopped crossbeam and chamfered stopped joists. The first floor retains some early
plaster and a square-leaded doorframe and C17 plank door.
Roof: No access to apex of roof at time of survey (1987) but side pegged jointed
crucks with cambered collars mortised into the principals are visible on the first
floor and sooted thatch was discovered from end to end of the main block when the
house was re-thatched and some rafters to the front of the ridge replaced
(information from owner). The rear wing appears to have trusses with straight
principal rafters.
Group value with 3 C17 farmbuildings.

Listing NGR: SX8347586086

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