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North Esworthy Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Oakford, Devon

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Latitude: 50.991 / 50°59'27"N

Longitude: -3.6074 / 3°36'26"W

OS Eastings: 287285

OS Northings: 122515

OS Grid: SS872225

Mapcode National: GBR LB.KZXX

Mapcode Global: FRA 36BH.GFB

Plus Code: 9C2RX9RV+93

Entry Name: North Esworthy Farmhouse

Listing Date: 7 December 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106903

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96785

Location: Oakford, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Oakford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Oakford St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Farmhouse. Circa early C17 with some C18 remodelling or extension and early C19
alterations. Whitewashed rendered stone and cob; slate roof (formerly thatched),
hipped at ends; axial stack, projecting front lateral stack.
Plan: Single-depth main range 4 rooms wide with a single-storey rear lean-to and a 1-
room plan rear left wing at right angles to the main range. The historic plan is not
entirely clear: the 3 right hand rooms are evidently early C17. and opposed doors
suggest the possibility of a former cross passage which would indicate lower
end/kitchen to left and hall and unheated inner room to the right. However, this
would mean a very small hall. The left hand room could be an addition of the early
C18: it is heated by the axial stack but the date of this back to back arrangement is
unclear. The rear wing and lean-to containing service rooms are probably both C18
additions. The present entrance is into the rear wing, early C19 entrances on the
front, facing the garden.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window front with a projecting front lateral
stack to the right of centre with an early C19 glazed verandah to the left on iron
posts with 2 pairs of early C19 French windows with glazing bars and 2 2-light
casements to the right, one C19 and one C20. The first has 2 2-light probably C18
casements, 8-panes per light, one on either side of a false window; first floor
window right is a late C20 plastic casement. The left return has a first floor stair
window with a round-headed light with glazing bars in a square-headed frame.
Interior: The 2 centre rooms have exposed scroll-stopped cross beams, the fireplace
to the lateral stack is partly blocked but probably conceals earlier features. The
adjacent room to the left has a massive open fireplace with dressed stone jambs and a
lintel that extends almost the entire width of the room. A large C19 bread oven
projects into what is probably a void on one side of the fireplace and a deep
cupboard on the other. On the first floor above this cupboard is a plastered walk-in
cupboard with a lime ash floor (q.v. Giffords in Bampton which has a similar
arrangement). The left hand room has a chamfered axial beam, probably of C18 date.
C17 chamfered stopped doorframe into first floor right hand room.
Roof: Side-pegged jointed crucks survive over the 2 centre rooms. Apex not inspected
but said not to be smoke-blackened.

Listing NGR: SS8728522515

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