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A Grade II Listed Building in Yarnscombe, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9931 / 50°59'35"N

Longitude: -4.0526 / 4°3'9"W

OS Eastings: 256046

OS Northings: 123525

OS Grid: SS560235

Mapcode National: GBR KR.KM57

Mapcode Global: FRA 26DH.8YY

Plus Code: 9C2QXWVW+6X

Entry Name: Sparks

Listing Date: 16 February 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104964

English Heritage Legacy ID: 91898

ID on this website: 101104964

Location: Yarnscombe, Torridge, Devon, EX31

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Yarnscombe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Yarnscombe St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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House. Late medieval origins, remodelled in the circa early C17, right end
rebuilt and extended in the circa early C19. Stone rubble, the main range
rendered; slate roof, gabled at left end, hipped at right end, gabled at end
of wing; front lateral stack with a tall, tapering, stone rubble shaft, end
stack to cross wing. Plan The main range is the higher end of a late medieval
open hall house which had an inner room to the left and a 2 bay hall to the
right, the hall heated from an open hearth fire. The roof timbers show evidence
of smoke-blackening over the hall but not over the inner room which may have
been 2 storeys. The lower end and presumably the original cross or through
passage entrance of the medieval house, to the right, have been rebuilt as a
circa early C19 cross wing. The hall was floored, with a front lateral stack
added in the circa early C17 and a single-storey hall bay, adjacent to the stack,
was probably added at the same time. The inner room has been repartitioned
to provide a stair adjacent to the hall/inner room division and the house is
now entered to left of centre into the inner room. Exterior: Sited end on to
the road, the crosswing fronting the road. 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3 window
front with a C20 front door to left of centre into the former inner room. The
hall bay to the right of the lateral stack, has a sloping roof. Mixture of C19
and C20 timber casements, some with small panes. The right return of the cross-
wing, fronting the road, has 2 ground floor and 1 first floor windows probably
late C19 including a timber sash. Interior: C17 carpentry includes moulded
stopped cross beams to the hall, the stops elaborated with fern motif carving.
The mouldings on the beams do not extend into the hall bay. Open fireplace
with stone rubble jambs and an ovolo-moulded lintel. The fireplace has a hearth
window, possibly converted from a bread oven. The framed partition between
the hall and inner room does not correspond to main roof truss. Tile inner
room has amouided half-beam, perhaps re-used. The C19 crosswing has a C20
ceiling. Roof: One late medieval roof truss survives intact, with principals
with curved feet. This truss is blackened on the hall side and retains sooted
rafters, threaded purlins and had a diagonally-set ridge. A new roof has been
added over the top. A traditional house of medieval origins sited in Yarnscombe

Listing NGR: SS5604623525

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