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Great Avercombe Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Bishop's Nympton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9955 / 50°59'43"N

Longitude: -3.7598 / 3°45'35"W

OS Eastings: 276601

OS Northings: 123261

OS Grid: SS766232

Mapcode National: GBR L4.KP9W

Mapcode Global: FRA 360H.32K

Entry Name: Great Avercombe Farmhouse

Listing Date: 20 February 1967

Last Amended: 18 October 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1107265

English Heritage Legacy ID: 97567

Location: Bishop's Nympton, North Devon, Devon, EX36

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Bishop's Nympton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bishop's Nympton St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

SS 72 SE

Great Avercombe Farmhouse
(formerly listed as West Avercombe Farmhouse)


Farmhouse. Circa late C16/early C17 origins, later C17 extension at west end, C18
refurbishment and possibly a remodelling or extension at the east end. Colourwashed
rendered cob and stone rubble; thatched roof, hipped at ends; back-to-back fireplaces
in an axial stack, 2 projecting lateral stacks on the rear (north) wall.
Plan: A long single-depth range, 5 rooms wide, on an east-west axis, the north wall
(presumably originally the rear), parallel to the road. In the present arrangement
the rooms are as follows, left to right (west to east): a potato store, 2 small
parlours heated by back-to-back fireplaces, a wide cross passage with an entrance
from the south, facing a stair, a large parlour heated by a lateral stack, a short
passage with an entrance from the rear (north) with a wide stair facing the entrance,
kitchen at the right (east) end. The core of the house is late C16/early C17: hall
to the right (east), lower service end to the left (west). The lower end may have
been unheated originally as the axial stack fireplaces look C18 at the earliest and
could be later. A C17 oak plank and muntin partition forms an axial passage taken
out of the back (north) end of the small parlour left (west) of the wide passage.
The right (east) end of the house appears to be a remodelling of the C18, possibly an
extension and refashioning of a late C16/early C17 inner room. This remodelling has
provided a second entrance from the rear (north) and the present kitchen. The house
is rich in C18 joinery and includes an C18 axial passage on the first floor. Thus
the C18 work seems to have upgraded and modernized the old higher end and provided a
new entrance and stair, the old lower end perhaps used for servants' accommodation
and storage, making use of the old entrance on the south side which is divided
between a dairy and a porch.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 7 window south (garden) elevation with an
approximately central thatched porch with a C20 front door, flanked by C20 timber
windows. To the right, a C20 conservatory adjoining the kitchen, to the left a C20
French window with small panes and, at the extreme left a plank door to the potato
store. The north elevation, facing the road, has a lean-to outshut at the left,
enclosing the left hand axial stack with a corrugated asbestos roof and a C20
aluminium door flanked by C20 windows. The right end of this elevation is blind
except for a small 4-pane window lighting the axial passage on the ground floor; a
12-pane C19 sash lighting the stair and a blocked, probably C18, 2-light timber
mullioned window to first floor right. There is a GR letter box in the rear wall.
Interior: Visible pre C18 features on the ground floor include hollow-chamfered axial
beams to the potato store and the adjacent small parlour. The oak plank and muntin
screen to the ground floor axial passage has chamfered stopped muntins on the passage
side: the screen may not be in situ and could have been moved from the original
entry. The large parlour, heated by the rear lateral stack, has a boxed-in
crossbeam, said not to have a fine finish (information from owner). Both the
fireplaces to the lateral stacks are partly blocked, earlier jambs and lintels may
survive. There are no exposed ceiling beams in the kitchen. The house preserves a
fine series of C18 2-panel doors and C18 fitted cupboards with fielded panels, and
C18 panelling survives below the stair window of the higher end stair.
Roof: Not inspected from end to end at time of survey but the side-pegged jointed
cruck trusses over the centre of the house appear not to be smoke-stained, indicating
that the present structure has always had chimney stacks. The truss over the east
end is C18 in character, an A frame with an X apex and principal rafters visible in
the room over the potato store also appear to be straight, suggesting a late C17 or
later date.
An impressively large traditional house, preserving its thatch, an interesting plan
form and unusually rich in C18 joinery.

Listing NGR: SS7660123261

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