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Latitude: 50.9418 / 50°56'30"N
Longitude: -4.0998 / 4°5'59"W
OS Eastings: 252571
OS Northings: 117921
OS Grid: SS525179
Mapcode National: GBR KP.NTG0
Mapcode Global: FRA 269M.8M2
Entry Name: Great Huish Farmhouse
Listing Date: 16 February 1989
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1105013
English Heritage Legacy ID: 91809
Location: St. Giles in the Wood, Torridge, Devon, EX38
Civil Parish: St. Giles in the Wood
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: St Giles in the Wood St Giles
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS 51 NW IN THE WOOD
7/191 Great Huish Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Mid C17, maybe earlier origins, modernised in the mid-late C19 and
kitchen wing altered circa 1970. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings, whitewashed
rear wall; stone rubble stacks with plastered brick chimney shafts; slate roof,
Plan and development: L-plan house. The main block faces south-south-east, say
south. It has 4-room plan. At the left (west) end is a parlour with a projecting
gable-end stack. Next is an entrance lobby onto a straight flight staircase and then
the hall or dining room with an axial stack backing onto the staircase. To right of
the hall/dining room is an unheated room, probably a buttery, and, at the right
(east) end a pair of unheated service rooms divided by an axial wall. The rear
service room projects to rear a little. A 1-room plan kitchen block projects at
right angles in front of the right end and its axial stack backs onto the main block.
The kitchen wing is a C19 addition and it was reduced to a single storey circa 1970.
The main block was modernised in the mid-late C19 and most of the structure is hidden
behind plaster. It is tempting to interpret the layout as deriving from a C16 open
hall house with a 3 or 4-room-and-through-passage plan. However the rear wall which
is only white-washed has no sign of a passage rear doorway. As far as can be seen it
is a single phase mid C17 farmhouse.
2 storeys and single storey kitchen wing.
Exterior: Main block has an irregular 4-window front of C20 casements with glazing
bars. The front doorway is left of centre and contains a part-glazed C20 door.
Kitchen wing has a C20 casement either side of the doorway which contains a C20 door
behind a contemporary porch. The main block roof is gable-ended to left and to right
it returns forward stepping down to the kitchen which is gable-ended.
Interior shows mostly the results of C19 and C20 modernisations. The hall/dining
room and parlour fireplaces are blocked by C19 grates and little carpentry is
exposed. However the hall/dining room has a mid C17 crossbeam (broad ovolo mouldings
with stepped runout stops) and there is a contemporary chamfered doorframe between
the buttery and service rooms. The roof was not available for inspection at the time
of this survey although the bases of straight principals show at first floor level
indicating A-frame trusses. The farmer claims they are pegged together and, if so,
they are probably C17.
Listing NGR: SS5257117921
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