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Latitude: 51.0536 / 51°3'12"N
Longitude: -3.9245 / 3°55'28"W
OS Eastings: 265209
OS Northings: 130012
OS Grid: SS652300
Mapcode National: GBR KX.FX77
Mapcode Global: FRA 26NB.JVZ
Entry Name: Brights Leary
Listing Date: 20 February 1967
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1107563
English Heritage Legacy ID: 98909
Location: East and West Buckland, North Devon, Devon, EX32
District: North Devon
Civil Parish: East and West Buckland
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Chittlehampton with Umberleigh
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
EAST AND WEST BUCKLAND
SS 62 NE
5/56 Brights Leary
Farmhouse, now private dwelling. Probably early C16, remodelled in C17, lower end
largely rebuilt in C18, with C20 alterations, particularly to inner room end.
Mostly rendered stone rubble and cob. Asbestos slate roof with gable ends (formerly
hipped at left end). Service end to left with lower ridge. 2 large front lateral
stacks with offsets and brick shafts heating hall and inner room.
3-room and cross-passage plan, the cross-passage divided axially in C20, the lower
end to left. The hall was open to the roof, but the lower and higher ends probably
originally had floors; there is a full height thick cob wall between hall and inner
room. In C17 the hall was floored and 2 lateral stacks built onto the front
heating hall and inner room. A stair turret at the rear of the hall may have
originally served the floored inner room end. In C18 or early C19 an additional
straight staircase was installed on the lower side of the passage.
2 storeys. 5 window range. C19 3-light over 2-light casement at left end. 2-light
casement over porch with slate lean-to roof and C19 segmental lintel. 2 C19 3-light
casements between the stacks above 2-light hall window built out in line with
stacks. 2-light casement 3-panes per light at right end above C20 conservatory.
Stair turret to rear retains C17 2-light window on right-hand return wall. C20 flat
roofed extension to rear of cross-passage. 4 panelled door to rear of lower end,
which breaks forward slightly from the main range at the rear, and a corresponding
partially exposed straight joint to the front indicates its rebuilding probably in
C18. The right-hand gable and rear wall of the inner room were also reconstructed
in breeze blocks in the 1970's.
Interior: Hall has scroll-stopped ovolo moulded cross ceiling beam and bressumer at
upper end, but towards the lower end the roughly chamfered cross ceiling may be a
later replacement. The thin partition at this end probably replaces a screen. The
hall fireplace has been largely rebuilt but retains 2 cloam ovens. The original
lintel also appears to survive behind the C20 introduced one. Small cupboard on
left-hand return wall. Creamery niche to rear wall, largely reconstructed. Inner
room fireplace rebuilt in C20.
Roof: C20 roof superimposed over original roof structure, largely intact, to hall,
consisting of single raised cruck truss with heavy roof principals, 2 tiers of
threaded purlins and diagonally threaded ridge purlin, all heavily smoke-blackened,
including surviving battens and small area of thatch. A solid cob partition rises
to the apex of the roof between the hall and inner room, the roof structure over the
latter having been entirely replaced in C20. However, the purlins of the hall roof
structure, which are carried by the cob partition, have been sawn off at this point,
and probably continued over the inner room, suggesting the latter is of an integral
build with the hall, but probably ceiled from the outset, the hall being ceiled in
the early or possibly mid C17. Similarily, over the lower end, the purlins have
also been sawn off but a sufficient length, showing a decreasing amount of smoke-
blackening, survives to suggest a lower end, probably lofted, also existed with the
original build, before being largely rebuilt and the roof structure replaced with
rough pegged trusses and waney rafters in the C18. A fine geometrical plaster
ceiling to the chamfer over the inner room has not survived.
Listing NGR: SS6520930012
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