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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1098149
English Heritage Legacy ID: 86836
Location: Payhembury, East Devon, Devon, EX14
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
ST 00 SE
3/79 Blue Ball Farmhouse
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
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