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Latitude: 50.7711 / 50°46'15"N
Longitude: -3.3619 / 3°21'42"W
OS Eastings: 304060
OS Northings: 97716
OS Grid: SY040977
Mapcode National: GBR P5.7X7S
Mapcode Global: FRA 37V1.N2P
Plus Code: 9C2RQJCQ+C6
Entry Name: Knowle Farmhouse
Listing Date: 24 October 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1098087
English Heritage Legacy ID: 86986
Location: Whimple, East Devon, Devon, EX5
District: East Devon
Town: East Devon
Civil Parish: Whimple
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Whimple St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
WHIMPLE KNOWLE CROSS
SY 09 NW
10/246 Knowle Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Early - mid C16 with major later C16 and C17 modernisations, refurbished
in the late C19. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings; stone rubble stacks topped
with C19 and C20 brick; slate roof, formerly thatch.
Plan and development: 4-room-and-through-passage plan house facing south-east. At
the right (north-east) end is an inner room parlour with a gable-end stack. Next to
it is the hall with an axial stack backing onto the passage. Lower end kitchen with
projecting rear lateral stack and and at the left end a small with an end stack.
This stack is a late C19 insertion. This was formerly an unheated dairy or buttery.
The roofspace was inaccessible at the time of this survey and therefore it was not
possible to determine the early structural history of the house. Nevertheless
smoke-blackened timbers are reported here and therefore the house was probably built
in the early C16 and then the hall at least was open to the roof and heated by an
open hearth fire. Also many of the early features are hidden behind late C19 and
C20 plaster. 2 storeys with C19 lean-to outshots to rear.
Exterior: irregular 4-window front of late C19 and C20 casements with glazing bars.
The passage front doorway is slightly left of centre and it contains a late C19
part-glazed 6-panel door benind a C20 gabled rustic porch. Secondary doorway at the
left end contains a C20 door. Roof is gable-ended.
Interior: is largely the result of the late C19 modernisation but this appears to
have superficial. All the fireplaces are blocked by C19 and C20 grates. The 3 main
rooms have exposed crossbeams. The inner room parlour beam is chamfered with
straight cut stops, the others are chamfered with scroll stops. The hall/inner room
partition is-plastered but it is said to be an oak plank-and-muntin screen. The
roofspace was not available for inspection but plastered jointed cruck trusses show
on the first floor.
Great care should be taken here during any alterations or modernisations lest C16 or
C17 features be disturbed.
Listing NGR: SY0406097716
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