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Latitude: 50.6511 / 50°39'4"N
Longitude: -3.8705 / 3°52'13"W
OS Eastings: 267864
OS Northings: 85162
OS Grid: SX678851
Mapcode National: GBR Q9.T7J8
Mapcode Global: FRA 27SC.1XZ
Plus Code: 9C2RM42H+CR
Entry Name: Cow House Approximately 25 Metres West of Yardworthy Farmhouse
Listing Date: 16 September 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1106164
English Heritage Legacy ID: 94617
Location: Chagford, West Devon, Devon, TQ13
Civil Parish: Chagford
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Chagford St Michael
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 68 NE CHAGFORD
3/88 Cow House approximately 25 metres
- west of Yardworthy Farmhouse
Cow house, possibly built for some other function. Date of construction is difficult
to determine but it is probably C16 or C17 but may be earlier, enlarged in C19,
reroofed in C20. Built of massive blocks of granite ashlar, some patching and
extension of granite stone rubble; corrugated iron roof.
Plan and description: long low building facing east into the farmyard. It is built
across the slope and terraced into it. The right end section is a C19 extension and
its wide front doorway has been reduced in size. The larger original section
contains a central doorway with granite porch and is flanked by blocked doorways.
The porch is an original feature. Its walls are of granite ashlar and its roof is
made up of large slabs of granite tilted very slightly outwards. The underside
contains a hole near the left side which must have formed the upper hanging of the
entrance door: the sill has been lost, and with it the bearing for the lower
hanging. Down each inner side of the porch walls is a shallow rebate for the
doorframe. There are windows in the rear wall directly opposite the front doors;
the central 1 blocked. They are lined with slabs of ashlar and 1 contains similar
bearings for a hanging shutter. Inside these windows appear high in the wall, but,
because of the terracing, they are at ground level outside. Smaller original window
in left (south) end. Roof is monopitch, sloping forwards.
Interior: no early carpentry detail shows. The roof structure is C20. The stone
rubble crosswall to left of the main original doorway is secondary. Small cupboard
alcove to right of the original blocked right doorway.
This is a very interesting building. The original function is not clear. Nor is it
possible to date the building with any certainty. The massive ashlar masonry
suggests a date between the C14 and C17.
Listing NGR: SX6786485162
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