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Blue Ball Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Payhembury, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8032 / 50°48'11"N

Longitude: -3.2862 / 3°17'10"W

OS Eastings: 309459

OS Northings: 101188

OS Grid: ST094011

Mapcode National: GBR LS.YP9K

Mapcode Global: FRA 460Z.1LD

Entry Name: Blue Ball Farmhouse

Listing Date: 24 October 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1098149

English Heritage Legacy ID: 86836

Location: Payhembury, East Devon, Devon, EX14

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Payhembury

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Payhembury St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

ST 00 SE
3/79 Blue Ball Farmhouse
- II

Farmhouse. Late C17, mid C19 dairy outshot, modernised circa 1985. Plastered
walls, most is plastered cob on stone rubble footings but much of the front is stone
rubble; stone rubble or cob stack with C19 brick chimneyshaft; slate roof with
diamond pattern, formerly thatch.
Plan: 3-room lobby entrance plan house facing south. At the right end is a small
room with an end stack. This stack is an insertion. It was a dairy or buttery
originally. Next to it is the former kitchen and at the left (west) end a parlour.
An axial stack between the former kitchen and parlour serves back-to-back fireplaces
and there is a lobby entrance in front of this stack. This bay is broken very
slightly forward from the rest of the front. A winder stair rises in a turret
projecting to rear of the stack. Circa 1985 a C19 dairy block projecting to rear
from the right end was converted to a kitchen and service outshots built across the
back of the house. The main house is 2 storeys.
Exterior: 1:1:2-window front of C19 oak-framed casements with glazing bars and
including, first floor left end an original oak 3-light frame with flat-faced
mullions. (There is another similar original window to rear lighting the stairs).
The front doorway is in the projecting bay left of centre and it contains a C19
plank door. The roof is hipped both ends.
Interior: contains a great detail of late C17 carpentry detail. The parlour has a
roughly chamfered axial beam; it was probably plastered originally. The fireplace
here is plastered but has its original chamfered oak lintel with the remains of
scroll stops. The former kitchen crossbeam is chamfered with bar-scroll-nick stops.
It has a larger plastered fireplace with a plain oak lintel. It includes a large
bread oven which is housed under the rising staircase. Old timber gun brackets are
fixed to the chimneybreast. No carpentry shows in the former buttery/dairy. The
staircase balustrade is C17 in style and apparently reuses lengths of the original
handrail. The fireplace in the chamber over the former kitchen is original; it is
brick with curving pentan (back) and has a plain oak lintel. Roof is carried on
original A-frame trusses with pegged lap-jointed collars. The present kitchen has
plain C19 carpentry details.

Listing NGR: ST0945901188

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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