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Besshill Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Arlington, Devon

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Latitude: 51.1486 / 51°8'54"N

Longitude: -3.9589 / 3°57'32"W

OS Eastings: 263082

OS Northings: 140636

OS Grid: SS630406

Mapcode National: GBR KW.7T23

Mapcode Global: VH4MM.BDGC

Plus Code: 9C3R42XR+CC

Entry Name: Besshill Farmhouse

Listing Date: 9 April 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106825

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96996

Location: Arlington, North Devon, Devon, EX31

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Arlington

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: East Down St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 64 SW
5/20 Besshill Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Probably 1684 by datestone, with considerable late C19 alterations.
Stone rubble and some cob. Slate roof with gable end brick stacks and axial brick
stack. 3-room and cross-passage plan, the hall stack backing onto wide cross-
passage containing staircase and passage through to rear dairy outshut. Lower end
to left. Shallow projecting stair turret also to rear of inner room; which until
approximately 1950's was divided axially, the smaller rear room being used for
cheese-making. The gable end stack at the end appears to have been inserted in the
late C19. At the same time the front wall of hall and inner room appears to have
been rebuilt. Solid cob and stone partitions rise to the apex of the roof to the
lower side of the cross-passage, and to first floor only between hall and inner
2 storeys. 5-window range. C19/C20 irregular fenestration 2-light casements, 2
panes per light to each floor to left of C20, 2-light casement above small 1684 date
plaque over plank door. To the right are three 2-light casements, that to left side
C20, those to right C19, 8 panes per light above a 3-light hall window and 2-light
window to inner room with 8 panes per light and cambered brick arches. Slate roofs
to dairy outshut and inner room stair turret to rear.
Interior: narrow lower end has 2 chamfered axial ceiling beams, one with scroll
stops above the deep projecting chimney-breast. Single scroll-stopped chamfered
axial ceiling beam to hall. C20 fireplace may conceal original lintel 2-panelled
door between hall and inner room. The inner room axial ceiling beam has been cased
in. Roof trusses replaced in C19 except for single C17 truss over hall close to
axial stack which formerly had trenched purlins. No signs of smoke-blackening.

Listing NGR: SS6308240636

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