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Latitude: 50.8579 / 50°51'28"N
Longitude: -3.4763 / 3°28'34"W
OS Eastings: 296188
OS Northings: 107530
OS Grid: SS961075
Mapcode National: GBR LJ.V94S
Mapcode Global: FRA 36LT.ZFB
Entry Name: Higher Brithayes Farmhouse
Listing Date: 28 August 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1106958
English Heritage Legacy ID: 96625
Location: Bickleigh, Mid Devon, Devon, EX5
District: Mid Devon
Civil Parish: Bickleigh
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Bickleigh St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS 90 NE BICKLEIGH
6/6 Higher Brithayes Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Circa mid C18. Whitewashed rendered stone, rear wall unrendered; slate
roof, gabled at ends; right end stack, stack to rear of ridge; left end stack, shaft
Plan: An interesting transitional plan form, combining the asymmetry and chimney
stack positions of the pre C18 3 room and cross passage arrangement with the later
design of linking the stairs with the main entrance and providing carefully-planned
service rooms. 3 rooms wide with a cross passage containing the stair to left of
centre, the passage continuing between narrow rear service rooms in an integral
outshut with a catslide roof. The 3 principal rooms are parlour (formerly heated by
a left end stack) to the left of the passage; living room in the centre, heated by a
stack on the rear wall and kitchen to the right heated by the right end stack. An
axial passage runs to the rear of the living room and kitchen with a series of
service rooms behind it with attic accommodation above. The axial passage is entered
from the rear of the kitchen, has a service stair at the right end and opens into the
rear of the through passage at the left end, giving complete access to all the
service rooms and service accommodation from the rear of the house without any
necessity to enter the principal rooms. A large single-storey block adjoining the
right end has probably always been a fuel stone.
2 storeys. Almost symmetrical 4 window front, panelled front door into passage to
left of centre with a flat porch canopy carried on moulded timber brackets;
additional door with similar porch canopy on front to right of centre leading
directly into the kitchen. 3-light casements, 4 panes per light except first floor
window above front door which is a similar 2-light casement.
Interior The principal ground floor rooms all have C18 doors with 2 fielded panels
and HL hinges. Stick baluster stair with a turned newel. C20 grates, massive
circular bread oven to kitchen fireplace projecting into the storage room adjoining
at the right end. The service rooms have plank doors and strap hinges with gudgeon
The house is said formerly to have had an C18 datestone on the front wall.
Intact C18 farmhouses are rare in Devon, Higher Brithayes is a fine example with a
particularly interesting plan form and surviving joinery.
Listing NGR: SS9618807530
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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