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Tackbeare Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bridgerule, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7903 / 50°47'25"N

Longitude: -4.4737 / 4°28'25"W

OS Eastings: 225740

OS Northings: 101887

OS Grid: SS257018

Mapcode National: GBR K5.ZGJ5

Mapcode Global: FRA 17J0.0YF

Plus Code: 9C2QQGRG+4G

Entry Name: Tackbeare Farmhouse

Listing Date: 14 February 1958

Last Amended: 18 December 1989

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104975

English Heritage Legacy ID: 91919

Location: Bridgerule, Torridge, Devon, EX23

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Bridgerule

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Bridgerule

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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12/17 Tackbeare Farmhouse (formerly
listed as Tackbear Manor)


Manor house. Late C16, probably open hall house ceiled late C17-early C18 when
plasterwork added, refenestrated possibly c1820 when porch resited one bay north,
corridor added on west front, 1858 south-east wing taken down, improvements including
reused material dated 1937 in west extension of north-east wing, porch rebuilt, and
south wall rebuilt after collapse sometime in C20. Early C20 work by Albert de C. Glubb
who did much of the internal carving himself. Squared and coursed local stone, granite
quoins and dressings, roughcast gable ends, slate roofs, brick stacks in outer bays of
main block and at adjoining junctions with wings. Originally U-plan facing east with
entrance to screens passage adjoining wing, end bay left of main block, the wing was
demolished, the entrance having been moved one bay north, though it is now beside the
north-west addition of 1930s. East front: 2 storeys, 4 bay main block, 3 bay re-entrant
angle, all 12 pane sash windows, 4 with horns first floor re-entrant angle and end bay
right main block, ground floor windows under granite lintels; entrance second bay left
gabled porch with depressed segmental opening, tablet above, plank inner door with
decorative hinges. Two storey one bay addition to north-west with reused granite
mullioned window under hoodmould and reused hoodmould above blocked doorway. Interior:
complicated by Mr Glubb's improvements which include reused work. Hall with decoration
of c1700, plaster ceiling with oak leaf garland and plaster cornices including angle
chimneybreast; entrance hall adjoining with cherub's face in oval and beam embellished
by Mr Glubb, square-headed granite lintels opening out of this room and into adjoining
room south; north-east wing with plasterwork overmantel containing coat of arms of the
Gilbert and Rolle families, strapwork and supporting figures, said to date from 1693,
modern grate, remains of C18 panelling. Staircase adjoining; resited Tudor arch head
granite opening, carved beams in 1930s gatehouse addition. Upper floor: north-east wing
bedroom plasterwork cartouche containing the arms of the Gilbert and Kniveton families
above bolection moulded fireplace surround, blocked, inserted flat ceiling cutting top of
plasterwork, same in bedroom adjoining where plasterwork overmantel has the winged
figure of Father Time pointing to the crown over the head of a diminutive George I on
his right, to his left a naked figure thought to be the Old Pretender with a whip over
his head slips away. There is a carved framework by Mr Glubb. Moulded plaster cornices
to 2 small bedrooms over the hall and former entrance hall. Roof timbers not seen. The
house is thought to have been built by Richart Gilbert and the early C19 improvements
were by Col George Harwood. (Cherry and Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Devon,
forthcoming; Devon County Sites and Monuments Register)

Listing NGR: SS2574001887

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