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Sowden Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Lympstone, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6442 / 50°38'39"N

Longitude: -3.4238 / 3°25'25"W

OS Eastings: 299422

OS Northings: 83694

OS Grid: SX994836

Mapcode National: GBR P3.S4XF

Mapcode Global: FRA 37QC.MXQ

Plus Code: 9C2RJHVG+MF

Entry Name: Sowden Farmhouse

Listing Date: 11 November 1952

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104199

English Heritage Legacy ID: 88542

Location: Lympstone, East Devon, Devon, EX8

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Lympstone

Built-Up Area: Lympstone

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Lympstone Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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3/42 Sowden Farmhouse


Detached house, formerly a farmhouse. Early C17. Coursed sandstone rubble,
partially roughcast; gabled-end slate roof. Originally a 3-room, through-passage
plan house, the higher end to the right of passage, with a rear service-end wing,
and a C19 addition to the rear of the inner room, formerly an apple store, now a
kitchen. The hall and service end are heated by external front lateral stacks,
stone with moulded set offs, and brick shafts. The inner room was unheated. Rear
wing heated by external end stack. 2 storeys.
Front: irregular fenestration; the range is dominated by the 2 stacks. The 4-
light casement window to first floor (left of service end stack) with ovolo moulded
jambs, mullions and surround; only one other first floor window, to the right of
hall stack, 2 lights, C19. Two 2-light and two 3-light casement windows to ground
floor, C20, the hall window probably in original embrasure. Service end wing, left-
hand elevation: 2 and 3-light casement windows, some under hood moulds.
Rear: two 2-light casement windows to wing, 1 is leaded, and the inner face
partially blocked by 2-storey, flat-roofed C20 addition. Both with window arches
and hood moulds. C19 former apple store at the same alignment as main range, C20
windows. Glazed leanto between this and C20 extension.
Right-hand end of main range with a 6-light window, 2 lights blocked, with cyma
recta moulded jambs and mullions. 3-light C19 casement window above.
Interior: through passage with plank and muntin screens to either side, the lower
parts rotted and replaced, the service end screen with very large bressumer; higher
end screen chamfered to hall side only. Hall fireplace, chamfered stone jambs,
chamfered wooden lintel with 1 hollow step stop. Ceiling cross beam, chamfered with
hollow step stop (or scroll) with bar. Rear hall door panelled with bead moulding
surround. Bresummer between hall and inner room with mortices for the muntins of a
screen, now gone. Service end with 2 ceiling cross beams, chamfered with composite
moulding (cyma recta, cyma reversa and cavetto) and hollow step (or scroll) stops.
Massive lintel to fireplace. Chamber above with fireplace, chamfered lintel, scroll
stop and bar. A framed partition, with wattle infill, divides service end from rear
wing; the end fireplace to the wing chamber with moulded lintel.
Roofs: main elevation with 4 jointed crucks, morticed and side pegged at apex,
dovetailed collars. Wing: A-profile, collars half dovetailed.

Listing NGR: SX9942283694

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