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Harris's Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Talaton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.79 / 50°47'24"N

Longitude: -3.3235 / 3°19'24"W

OS Eastings: 306805

OS Northings: 99772

OS Grid: SY068997

Mapcode National: GBR LQ.ZKV5

Mapcode Global: FRA 37X0.511

Entry Name: Harris's Farmhouse

Listing Date: 24 October 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1098111

English Heritage Legacy ID: 86944

Location: Talaton, East Devon, Devon, EX5

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Talaton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Talaton St James the Apostle

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

SY 09 NE
6/188 Harris's Farmhouse

Farmhouse. Dated 1876. Local hand-made Flemish bond red brick (in fact many of the
bricks have black patches indicating how the bricks were laid in the clamp kiln);
brick stacks and chimneyshafts; thatch roof.
Plan: the layout is not clear since only the outside of the front was available for
inspection at the time of this survey. It faces south-south-west, say south and
appears to have a 3-room-and-through-passage plan. The left room is probably the
former kitchen with a projecting gable-end stack. Unheated service room (former
dairy/buttery alongside, then the passage and parlour at the right end with gable-
end stack. 2 storeys.
Exterior: is very attractive. Regular but not symmetrical 4-window front of C19
casements with glazing bars. The ground floor windows have brick arches over, the 2
left ones have low segmental arches. The passage front doorway is right of centre
and contains a C19 door. The rear wall includes a Beerstone plaque inscribed with
the date 1687 and the initials of Nicholas and Petranella Harris. Roof is gable-
Interior: was not available for inspection at the time of this survey. However it
is thought to be structurally intact but modernised in the C19. Nevertheless the
parlour fireplace is said to have a richly moulded oak lintel or mantel-shelf.
Harris Farmhouse is a very important early brick building in Devon. There are other
early brick buildings in the area, eg. The Old Manor (q.v) nearby, but they are
grander buildings probably of lower gentry status. This is the earliest dated brick
farmhouse in Devon. Furthermore it is an important component of a very good group
of listed buildings in the vicinity of the Church of St James (q.v).

Listing NGR: SY0680599772

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