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Sowell Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Kentisbeare, Devon

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Latitude: 50.882 / 50°52'55"N

Longitude: -3.3199 / 3°19'11"W

OS Eastings: 307244

OS Northings: 109998

OS Grid: ST072099

Mapcode National: GBR LR.SLRY

Mapcode Global: FRA 36YR.SJJ

Plus Code: 9C2RVMJJ+R2

Entry Name: Sowell Farmhouse

Listing Date: 15 April 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106495

English Heritage Legacy ID: 95744

Location: Kentisbeare, Mid Devon, Devon, EX15

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Kentisbeare

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Kentisbeare St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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4/89 Sowell Farmhouse
Unoccupied farmhouse, derelict and partially in ruins at time of resurvey visit
(September 1985). Early C16, with later modifications and additions. Rendered cob,
with some stone, on stone footings; gable end corrugated asbestos roof to main
range, with slate to cross wing and rear outshut.
Plan: formerly a 3-room, through-passage plan house, the service end to the right
of the passage. This was originally open to the roof, which is of raised jointed
cruck construction, the timbers smoke-blackened throughout. The principals are very
substantial and the craftsmanship of high quality, suggesting an early date.
Unstopped chamfered ceiling beams suggest that the first floor may not have been
inserted until as late as the C17; inserted stacks all rebuilt in C19 and C20;
internal end stack heats service end; hall axial stack rebuilt when passage widened
to accommodate kitchen, but probably always backed on to passage. Winder stair to
rear of hall; C19 stairs to rear of service end. A small rear wing was added to the
now ruinous inner room, probably in the C17, and this end of the house was again
extended and a crosswing added in the C19. 2 storeys.
Exterior Front: iregular 3-window range; the service end, although of 2 storeys has
no first floor windows to front; widened passage accommodates kitchen and chamber
above, both with late C20 2 light casement window: 3 light casement windows to hall
and inner room, and their respective chambers, all C19 except that to the hall
which is C17, timber, with cyma recta surround, and ovolo jambs and mullions. The
C19 cross wing, which has walls built of stone externally and cob internally, has
largely collapsed. Right-hand end wall of stone with C20 casement windows. Rear
wing with one 2-light window that may be early, still with its internal shutters.
Interior: deeply chamfered axial ceiling beam to hall, unstopped; another to the
inner room has collapsed. C19 joinery elsewhere, although the front door to the
passage may be earlier (Planked, studded, chamfered rails to rear, with strap
Roof: 3 raised jointed crucks; service end and passage of two bays, the lower end
truss replaced by crossed and pegged principals, probably when end stack inserted.
Hall of one bay; inner room probably also of one bay. Sooted throughout.
Crucks morticed and pegged at apex (Alcock type F2), cranked collars with 2 sets of
trenched purlins which are finely halved and morticed land now visible because the
joints of some have exploded), diagonal ridge piece; some smoke-blackened rafters
and battening.

Listing NGR: ST0724409998

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