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Carns Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in St. Kew, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.5551 / 50°33'18"N

Longitude: -4.8154 / 4°48'55"W

OS Eastings: 200668

OS Northings: 76600

OS Grid: SX006766

Mapcode National: GBR ZV.K4FT

Mapcode Global: FRA 07SL.RTD

Plus Code: 9C2QH54M+2V

Entry Name: Carns Farmhouse

Listing Date: 26 June 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1124732

English Heritage Legacy ID: 351576

Location: St. Kew, Cornwall, PL27

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: St. Kew

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Kew

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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5/235 Carns Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Circa early to mid C17. Stone rubble. Steeply pitched slate roof with
gable ends and stone rubble end stacks with left-hand stack rebuilt in late C20.
Rare survival of plan type with central unheated room. Probably originally with
hall/kitchen on right heated by gable end stack, unheated central room and parlour on
left heated by end stack. The framed stair appears to be in situ between the parlour
and central room and the entrance appears to have led directly into the hall/kitchen
with a narrow passage across the front of the house leading to the central room,
stair and parlour.
2 storeys regular 3-window front. Ground floor with 2 late C19/C20 6-pane sashes on
left, lean-to stone rubble porch with C20 door in circa mid C17 ovolo-moulded timber
doorframe with scroll stops. 6-pane sash to right. First floor with 2 circa C19
16-pane sashes with 6-pane sash between.
Interior Partitions probably largely in situ. The entrance appears to have
originally led directly into the hall/kitchen on the right-hand side. The hall
kitchen has a heavy ovolo-moulded cross beam with scroll stops which is supported on
the left-hand side by a vertical ovolo-moulded post with similar scroll stops at
base. The slight ceiling beams which runs at right angles to the cross beam appear
to be probably C19 although one may be contemporary. The fireplace lintel is
chamfered with scroll stops which have been embedded in the masonry. Cloam oven. A
small corridor, running across the front of the house gives access to the unheated
central room, stair and parlour. The central room was converted into a bathroom in
the late C20. The parlour on the left has a complete set of 8 ovolo-moulded ceiling
beams with scroll stops and a fireplace with a chamfered unstopped lintel. The stair
appears to be in situ with ovolo-moulded newels on left-hand side and moulded
handrail. Solar above parlour with C17 timber fireplace with chamfered lintel with
scroll stops on chamfered timber corbelled brackets. Although blocked and covered
with several layers of wallpaper and paint, the fireplace appears of high quality.
Circa C18 roof structure with principals chamfered well below collar level, collars
partly halved, lapped and pegged onto face of principals with 4 oak pegs, and
trenched purlins. Full inspection of roof structure not possible as the roof space
is not accessible.
Carns Farmhouse has a most interesting C17 plan with a central unheated room which is
a rare type in Cornwall; and it has several interesting internal features of high

Listing NGR: SX0066876600

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