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Latitude: 50.8375 / 50°50'15"N
Longitude: -3.9025 / 3°54'9"W
OS Eastings: 266131
OS Northings: 105948
OS Grid: SS661059
Mapcode National: GBR KY.WH6D
Mapcode Global: FRA 26QW.FGM
Plus Code: 9C2RR3QW+2X
Entry Name: Bidbeare Farmhouse
Listing Date: 10 March 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1104568
English Heritage Legacy ID: 90913
Location: Winkleigh, Torridge, Devon, EX20
Civil Parish: Winkleigh
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Winkleigh All Saints
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS 60 NE
10/124 Bidbeare Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Early C17 possibly with earlier origins, C19 addition, C20 alterations
and addition. Plastered cob and rubble walls. Gable-ended asbestos slate roof.
Brick stack at left gable-end, rubble rear lateral stack and a similar lateral stack
at side of rear wing with a brick shaft.
Plan: original plan not entirely clear but either 2 or 3 room-and-through-passage
with lower room to the right. The arrangement of the rooms at the higher end is
more problematic, it is at present two with the larger room, obviously the hall, at
the centre, heated by a rear lateral stack. Beyond it is a very narrow room but
this has a very splendid fireplace in its end wall which must have been intended for
an important room so it seems the room arrangement must have altered. Behind the
hall and passage a large kitchen wing was added which exhibits no features earlier
than the C19 but may date back further. The lower end appears to have been rebuilt
in the later C19 and a small late C20 addition was erected behind the left-hand end.
Internal alterations have also taken place in the C20 such as the insertion of
stairs into the passage.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4-window front of mainly C19 sashes of 6:4:6
panes on the 1st floor and 8 panes on the ground floor to left of centre. There is
a large late C20 casement to left on first floor and late C20 French windows have
been inserted on the ground floor to the right. Narrow C20 glazed door to the left.
To right of centre is a late C19 or early C20 gabled stone porch with segmental arch
and C19 panel door behind.
Interior: the most impressive feature is the very fine early C17 fireplace with
plaster overmantle in the left-hand end room. It has chamfered and ball-stopped
granite jamb to the left jowelled at the top to support a hollow chamfered and ogee-
stopped wooden lintel. To the right only the top, jowelled section of the jamb
survives. The plaster overmantle has a male and female figure to either side with
strapwork motifs inbetween and a heraldic shield at the centre which apparently
bears the arms of Gidleigh and Northleigh so it may celebrate a wedding (The
Gidleigh family were responsible for erecting a memorial chapel in Winkleigh Church
(q.v)). This is virtually the only exposed early feature in the house although the
hall is likely to have concealed ceiling beams and fireplace, and possible an early
doorway according to the present occupants.
Listing NGR: SS6613105948
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