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A Grade II Listed Building in Kentisbeare, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8735 / 50°52'24"N

Longitude: -3.3364 / 3°20'11"W

OS Eastings: 306062

OS Northings: 109071

OS Grid: ST060090

Mapcode National: GBR LQ.T8L1

Mapcode Global: FRA 36XS.L09

Plus Code: 9C2RVMF7+9C

Entry Name: Wressing

Listing Date: 15 April 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106497

English Heritage Legacy ID: 95746

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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8/91 Wressing
Detached house, formerly cottages, but originally a single farmhouse. Mid C19
alterations and additions. Rubble masonry front wall, the rest of cob on stone
footings, all roughcast; hipped thatched roof, the rear wing half-hipped. 4-room,
baffle-entry plan house; hall and 2 smaller rooms to the left of lobby, with a lower
wing to the rear of the right-hand room. Stair turret to rear of axial stack, and
opposite baffle entry. The hall is of jointed cruck construction; the smaller rooms
to the left of the hall, which appear to have been unheated, were re-roofed in the
C18, but they retain earlier features at ground floor level. The kitchen was
probably situated to the right of the entrance. Axial stack with brick shaft. 2
Front: 4 window range with rusticated quoins; first floor with 2 and 3-light
casement windows, some of them C19, and one late C20 window in addition; ground
floor with 2 casement windows of 2 lights, and 2 of 3 lights. 2 adjacent front
doors mark the position of the original lobby entrance. C20 door and windows to
left hand end; 2-light casement window to right-hand gable wall with late C19 or
early C20 lean-to below, slate-roofed with some brick. Rear: 2 small 2-light
casement windows, one to the stair turret, at first floor level, probably in
original embrasure. All others late C20. Rear extension undergoing alterations at
time of resurvey visit (September 1985). C20 windows to rear wing, with 2 C19
opposing side doorways.
Interior: the 2 front doors, which served separate cottages, give access to the
original lobby with (to the right) a chamfered beam with mortices for muntins (now
removed) and (to the left) evidence of a wattle and plaster partition, both of which
extend from front wall to axial stack. One and one half ceiling axial beams both
chamfered with hollow step stops, to hall; hall fireplace with side oven, and (in
tile rear wall) a salt ledge with architrave (fluted pilasters and round-headed arch
with keystone). Set in the wall opposite the fireplace is a former cupboard (now a
service hatch beteween this and the adjacent room), with architrave containing putto
in tympanum, with the legend 'Remember Thy Creator in the Days of Thy Youth' around
the round-headed arch, and another, 'Whilst We Think well, and think to mend, Time
passith away and Death's the End' painted on canvass to the door. Rear wall of hall
with fitted cupboard, cyma recta and dentilled cornice with panelled pilasters and
fielded panelled doors. Dividing the two left-hand rooms is a chamfered beam, only
partially visible.
Right-hand room with one chamfered axial ceiling beam, much eroded, but apparently
unstopped. First floor: one C18 panel with Lord's Prayer, much redone in pencil.
Roof: 2 jointed crucks to either end of hall, apex morticed and pegged (Alcock's
Type F2), collars not visible, the trusses much reinforced, and quite clean. Other
trusses later, probably C18, of A-profile.

Listing NGR: ST0606209071

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