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Cowhouse Approximately 3 Metres East of Gooseford Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in South Tawton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.71 / 50°42'36"N

Longitude: -3.877 / 3°52'37"W

OS Eastings: 267568

OS Northings: 91722

OS Grid: SX675917

Mapcode National: GBR Q8.HRSC

Mapcode Global: FRA 27R6.KDG

Plus Code: 9C2RP46F+25

Entry Name: Cowhouse Approximately 3 Metres East of Gooseford Farmhouse

Listing Date: 4 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106053

English Heritage Legacy ID: 94941

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

Tagged with: Cowshed

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4/147 Cowhouse approximately 3
metres east of Goose ford Farmhouse


Cowhouse, former farmhouse. Dated 1641 and all features are consistent with this
date, partly rebuilt when converted from a farmhouse to a cowhouse circa 1900.
Granite stone rubble with large roughly-dressed quoins and sections of large coursed
blocks of granite ashlar. Disused granite stack; corrugated iron roof, formerly
Plan: 3-room plan house built across the hillslope facing south. The internal
arrangement has been much-altered and a much longer study of the fabric than was
possibe for this survey is needed to discover the layout in detail. The right end
room has an end stack. It is thought that an axial stack served the other rooms but
no evidence of it remains. 2 storeys.
Exterior: irregular 3-window front, the windows are blocked. Ground floor right
window has been enlarged to a doorway. A plaque inscribed Anno Do 1641 flanked by
labels inscribed OL has been reset high in the wall right of centre. Roof is hipped
both ends. The rear elevation has been similarly rearranged. Central doorway here
has been rebuilt. Above it is the only original window left, an oak 3-light window
with ovolo-moulded mullions. A second door to right contains an oak C17 doorframe
with ovolo-moulded surround has been reset facing inwards.
Interior: has plain chamfered crossbeams. The fireplace has a similarly-finished
oak lintel. 7-bay roof of A-frame trusses with pegged lap-jointed collars.
Lega-Weekes who saw the house in 1896 before its conversion describes "a gabled
porch with a pointed entrance-arch of moulded granite, retaining a very heavy oak
door, studded with monster nails, above which was a table dated 1641 and a mullioned
window, on whose dripstone-corbels appeared the letters CL".
Source: E Lega-Weekes, Neighbours of North Wyke, Park I Trans. Devon. Assoc. 33
(1901), pp 447 - 448.

Listing NGR: SX6756891722

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