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A Grade II Listed Building in Black Torrington, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8326 / 50°49'57"N

Longitude: -4.1939 / 4°11'38"W

OS Eastings: 245598

OS Northings: 105966

OS Grid: SS455059

Mapcode National: GBR KK.WTLK

Mapcode Global: FRA 263W.V83

Plus Code: 9C2QRRM4+2C

Entry Name: Coham

Listing Date: 14 February 1958

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1105117

English Heritage Legacy ID: 91559

Location: Black Torrington, Torridge, Devon, EX21

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Black Torrington

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Black Torrington St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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- II

Small country house. Seat of tne Coham family who still occupy it. C18 possibly
incorporating earlier fabric, with addition of 1872. Stone rubble walls partly
rendered. Gable-ended slate roof. Brick stacks to rear wings, stone stacks to
front range.
Plan: the earlier part of the house is at the rear in 2 long parallel wings -
although they exhibit no features earlier than C18 they might incorporate earlier
fabric. The wings have been somewhat subdivided in C19 when they were relegated to
service purposes but still incoporate a sizeable dining room/library with a
staircase behind it. A new front range was built at right angles in 1872 in the
Elizabethan style consisting of 3 large rooms - the central one an entrance hall and
immediately behind to the left a new stairhall was created in the C18 wing. A late
C19 or early C20 2-storey lean-to was added behind the right end of the 1872 range.
A large rear courtyard incorporating a C17 arch probably dates from an earlier
Exterior: 2 storeys. The 1872 range is symmetrical of 3 bays with 5-windows,
sligntly projecting gables to left and right and with a central stone coped 2 storey
gabled porch which has a 3-light stone oriel mullion window crenellated and
corbelled out from the wall. 4-centre arched chamfered stone doorway below with
glazed and panelled double doors. Heraldic device, motto and date 1872 carved in
stone panel in gable. Stone mullion windows - the outer ones 3-light, inner ones 2-
light, the ground floor windows taller with transoms. Decorative barge-boards to
outer gables. Each gable end wall has a tall 3-light mullion and transomed window
on the ground floor. 2-storey lean-to behind right end. Long parallel C18 rear
wings behind left end. The outer of these has a 5-window elevation with 2 late
C18/early C19 paired 12-pane sashes on 1st floor to left then C18 Venetian stair
window with stained glass. Below it are 2 small granite framed lights with a tall
bay window to the left which is probably early C19 with reeded frieze and modillion
cornice and 2 later c19 paired sashes to left. Inner wing elevation has 6 windows
with 3 late C18 or early 019 leaded 2-light casements, C19 tripartite and 16-pane
sashes, a paired 15-pane sash and C19 2-light casement. C19 plank door to right and
6-panelled door at centre.
Rear courtyard is enclosed on 2 sides by a stone and cob wall and range of low
outbuildings at the rear. Between them and the house is a large brick arch
incorporating a datestone of 1765. The cob wall opposite the C18 wing incorporates
a Cl? roundheaded granite arch with hollow chamfer and elaborate panelled door,
small gable in wall above.
Interior: C18 wing retains its open well staircase with open string, carved tread
ends, turned balusters and column newels with ramped handrail. 5 large funeral
hatchment hang on the walls of the staircase to members of the Coham family. Some
simple C18 chimneypieces survive and panelled shutters. The 1872 wing has fairly
complete joinery including partly tongue and groove panelled walls. Ornate stone
fireplace and overmantle in Tudor style to central hall.

Listing NGR: SS4559805966

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