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Town Barton

A Grade II Listed Building in South Tawton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7338 / 50°44'1"N

Longitude: -3.9104 / 3°54'37"W

OS Eastings: 265282

OS Northings: 94429

OS Grid: SX652944

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.839F

Mapcode Global: FRA 27P4.QD3

Plus Code: 9C2RP3MQ+GV

Entry Name: Town Barton

Listing Date: 4 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106007

English Heritage Legacy ID: 95027

Location: South Tawton, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: South Tawton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Tawton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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4/227 Nos 1 and 2 Town Barton


2 cottages in what was originally a single farmhouse. Late C16 or earlier with
major C17 improvements, modernised in late C19 when divided into cottages.
Plastered cob on stone rubble footings; granite stacks topped with C20 brick; slate
roof, formerly thatch.
Plan and devlopment: L-shaped building containing 2 cottages. The main block faces
east onto the village green and is built across the hillslope. It has a 4-room-and-
through-passage plan. Former inner room at the right end with projecting gable-end
stack. Hall has a large axial stack backing onto the passage. Axial stack between
the 2 service end rooms. Short rear block projecting at right angles to rear of
inner room and overlapping the hall. It has a gable-end stack. Now there are 2
cottages here. No.1 occupies the former inner room and rear block and a through-
passage has been inserted in the inner room. No 2 occupies the hall passage and
service end rooms. The rear passage doorway is now blocked. The roof structure is
not the original and therefore most evidence of its early devlopment is missing.
Nevertheless it seems likely that it was originally some form of open hall house.
The hall stack and lower passage screen are both C16. Hall was floored in the mid
C17 and at the same time the walls raised with a new roof. The second service end
room was also added at the same time. The dates of both the inner room and service
end fireplaces are not clear. The rear block is C17. Both cottages are 2 storeys.
Exterior: overall irregular 4-window front of C20 casements, most with glazing bars
but the latest without. The doorway to No. 1 is towards the right and the doorway
to No 2 (the passage front doorway) is left of centre. Both contain C20 doors and
have low flights of stone steps from the falling ground level. Roof is gable-ended.
Interior: the only C16 features apparent are the lower passage screen and hall
fireplace (both in No 2). The former is an oak plank-and-muntin screen, the latter
a large granite ashlar fireplace with a hollow-chamfered surround and the right side
hooded; it also contains a C19 cloam oven and there is probably C19 cream oven close
by in the front wall. The mid C17 crossbeams are unusually narrow; they are soffit-
chamfered with bar run-out stops. The fireplace in the service end (still No 2) is
blocked and the outer service end room has a large plain-chamfered axial beam. The
inner room (No 1) shows only the result of its late C19 refurbishment. No carpentry
shows and the fireplace is blocked. The rear block has a chamfered crossbeam with
one step stop. The lintel of the granite ashlar fireplace here is hidden. The roof
of the main block is carried on a series of A-frame trusses with pegged lap-jointed
collars and dovetail-shaped halvings.
Nos 1 and 2 Town Barton form part of a group of attractive listed buildings which
contribute to the picturesque village centre.

Listing NGR: SX6528394432

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