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Lower Brownsham Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Hartland, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0071 / 51°0'25"N

Longitude: -4.444 / 4°26'38"W

OS Eastings: 228634

OS Northings: 125924

OS Grid: SS286259

Mapcode National: GBR K6.JXQB

Mapcode Global: FRA 16LG.0J6

Plus Code: 9C3Q2H44+RC

Entry Name: Lower Brownsham Farmhouse

Listing Date: 19 June 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104447

English Heritage Legacy ID: 91229

Location: Hartland, Torridge, Devon, EX39

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Hartland

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Hartland St Nectan

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Tagged with: Farmhouse

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Farmhouse. Late C16 or early C17 probably extended in the C18 and refronted in
early C19 with C20 internal alterations. Rendered stone rubble walls. Gable-ended
slate roof. 2 brick stacks - one at right gable-end and one axial, rear lateral
rubble stack with brick shaft and gable-end brick stack to rear wing.
Plan: fairly complex development of plan the original form of which is not entirely
clear. Probably built as a 3-room-and-through-passage plan house with long lower
room to the left, heated by end stack, hall to right of passage with fireplace on
rear wall and small inner room with end stack. Probably in the C18 an extension was
built beyond the lower room consisting of dairy and salting-room. Behind the inner
room is a stair projection adjoining the hall stack which may be a later C17 or C18
addition. C19 small service wing added behind passage and lower room. In the C20 a
passage was taken out of the rear of the hall leading from the cross-passage to the
stairs and incorporating the blocking up of the hall fireplace. Probably at the
same time the partition between the hall and inner room was opened up to create one
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 5-window front mainly of early C19 16-pane
hornless sashes apart from 3 paired 16-pane sashes, one on the ground floor to left
of centre and 2 on the 1st floor of which the left-hand one is a later facsimile.
To left on 1st floor is blocked window opening. C20 panelled door to rignt of
centre under shallow gabled slate doorhood. Rear elevation has a single storey wing
projecting to right of centre. To left is a 2 storey lean-to which contains the
staircase and the hall stack is between this and the wing.
Interior: room to left of passage his a section of C17 panelling above a bench
against the wall backing onto the passage with sunken moulded panels with carpenters
mitres and moulded cornice above. Chamfered unstopped cross beams. Wide open
fireplace with plain wooden lintels and oven at the rear. Dairy to left of this
room has slate shelves; a rough cross beam has an axial beam with round mortices
for a partition approximately half way cross. To the rear of this are 2 very large
granite salting troughs. The right-hand end room has C19 dado panelling and
panelled shutters.
Roof: the earliest surviving truss is over the passage and appears to have curved
(boxed-in) feet, with a morticed apex and collar and trenched purlins. It is not
smoke-blackened. The other roof trusses are C18 or C19 with simply crossed apices
and lapped collars. To include cob garden wall with slate capping adjoining north-
west corner of house and extending upto barn to north-east of house.
This house has an interesting plan and retains an attractive facade. It forms part
of an unspoilt and picturesque hamlet.

Listing NGR: SS2863425924

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