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Pound House

A Grade II Listed Building in Payhembury, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8119 / 50°48'42"N

Longitude: -3.302 / 3°18'7"W

OS Eastings: 308362

OS Northings: 102177

OS Grid: ST083021

Mapcode National: GBR LR.Y59R

Mapcode Global: FRA 36ZY.FDJ

Entry Name: Pound House

Listing Date: 24 October 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1098153

English Heritage Legacy ID: 86845

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
3/88 Pound House

Small farmhouse. Late C17, possibly an earlier core, renovated in 1986. Plastered
cob on stone rubble footings; stone rubble stack topped with C19 brick; thatch roof,
tile to the cartshed.
Plan: 3-room lobby entrance plan farmhouse facing north-north-west, say north. The
centre and left (east) rooms are the main rooms and the axial stack between them
serves back-to-back fireplaces. Since the rooms are so similar it is not possible
to determine which was the parlour and which was the kitchen. The lobby entrance is
in front of the stack. The corridor along the front of the centre room is an
original feature. It now contains the C20 stair. A similar corridor ran along the
front of the left room but the partition was removed in 1986. The right (west) room
is now used as a kitchen. However before 1986 it was some kind of cellar or store
and open to the roof. The house was once 2 cottages, each with a separate front
doorway and it is tempting to interpret the house as originally as pair of 1-room
plan cottages. Nevertheless the owner claims to have unblocked the original lobby
entrance doorway and that early documents refer to the place as a farmhouse. It is
2 storeys with a secondary lean-to cartshed on the left end.
Exterior: irregular front fenestration with 2 ground floor windows and 5 first
floor windows. These are all C20 casements with glazing bars but vary in size and
materials; some are timber, some are iron-framed and the latest are uPVC. There are
thatch eyebrows over the first floor windows. The lobby entrance doorway is a
little left of centre. This was reopened in 1986 and a reused C19 door was put in.
The roof is hipped both ends.
Interior: is well preserved and contains mostly original late C17 carpentry detail.
Both main rooms are very similar. Both have a large brick fireplace with a
chamfered and scroll-stopped oak lintel. The crossbeams are both chamfered with
scroll stops. The end of the crossbeam in the left room is now supported on a post
but that in the centre room still rests on the corridor partition. The doorway in
this partition contains an original 2-fielded panel door. The roof is 3 bays. One
truss is an A-frame, (probably a replacement), the other is a side-pegged jointed
cruck with pegged dovetail-shaped lap-jointed collar.
This is an interesting example of a small late C17 house.

Listing NGR: ST0836202177

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

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