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Coursebeer Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in South Tawton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7335 / 50°44'0"N

Longitude: -3.8652 / 3°51'54"W

OS Eastings: 268466

OS Northings: 94313

OS Grid: SX684943

Mapcode National: GBR Q9.N2TZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 27S4.PYT

Plus Code: 9C2RP4MM+CW

Entry Name: Coursebeer Farmhouse

Listing Date: 4 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106050

English Heritage Legacy ID: 94931

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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Farmhouse. Early or mid C16 with major later C16 and C17 improvements, an C18
extension. Cob on stone rubble footings, plastered front and exposed to rear, some
brick patching, and some plastered granite ashlar in parlour wing; granite stacks,
2 of them with granite ashlar chimneyshafts and moulded coping; thatch roof.
Plan and development: L-shaped building. The main block faces south-south-east,
say south, and is built down a gentle slope. It has a 5-room-and-through-passage
plan. Unheated inner room uphill at the left (west) end. Hall unusually has an
axial stack at the upper end of the hall backing onto the inner room. Kitchen on
the lower side of the passage has a projecting rear lateral stack. Below this is a
small unheated room, formerly a dairy and at the right (east) end a byre added in
the C18. 1-room plan parlour block projecting at right angles in front of the inner
room and it has a projecting granite ashlar gable-end stack. The original house was
some form of open hall house but since the roofspace is inaccessible it is not clear
how much of the house was open or whether it was heated by an open hearth fire.
This the hall fireplace may be original or a mid-late C16 insertion. Hall was
floored in the early C17. Parlour wing probably added in the C17. It is not clear
when the kitchen stack was inserted but it is probably C17. House is 2 storeys
Exterior: nearly symmetrical 3-window section arranged around the passage front
doorway; late C19 and C20 casements with glazing bars, the left first floor one
(over the hall) rising a little into the eaves. Late C19 part-glazed 4-panel door
behind a contemporary slate roofed porch with trellis walls. To right of this an
external flight of stone steps lead to an agricultural store over the dairy. To
right of this C20 door to dairy and at right end byre door with hayloft loading
hatch over. Main roof is hipped both ends.
Interior: the inner room and parlour wing were not available for inspection at the
time of this survey. The rest however seems to be mostly C16 and C17 and little
modernised in the C20. The upper (hall) side of the passage is lined with a C16 oak
plank-and-muntin screen, the muntins chamfered but the stops worn off. The step
from the passage to the hall is a massive semi-circular block of oak. The passage
chamber jetties into the lower end of the hall. Hall fireplace is granite with a
soffit-chamfered oak lintel. The crossbeams here are soffit-chamfered with step
stops. No carpentry detail shows in the kitchen and the fireplace is blocked. Roof
over the hall and passage is carried on 2 true crucks but the roofspace is
inaccessible. Roof over kitchen and dairy is a late C19 replacement.

Listing NGR: SX6846694313

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