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Little Upcott

A Grade II Listed Building in Rockbeare, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7401 / 50°44'24"N

Longitude: -3.3547 / 3°21'17"W

OS Eastings: 304502

OS Northings: 94259

OS Grid: SY045942

Mapcode National: GBR P5.9ZHV

Mapcode Global: FRA 37V4.4VX

Plus Code: 9C2RPJRW+24

Entry Name: Little Upcott

Listing Date: 10 September 1982

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1141381

English Heritage Legacy ID: 352424

Location: Rockbeare, East Devon, Devon, EX5

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Rockbeare

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Rockbeare St Mary with St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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3/102 Little Upcott
- II

House. Probably late C15 - early C16, extended in the later C16 or early C17,
remodelled in the late C17, extended again in the early C18, and thoroughly
modernised circa 1980. The walls are of plastered cob and said to be without
footings; some C19 and C20 brick rebuilding and patching; 3 stacks, one cob, one
stone rubble, one brick, all topped with C20 brick; interlocking red tile roof
(formerly thatch).
The 2 rooms of the south-west facing main block are the oldest part of the house but
has been so thoroughly reorganised since the early C17 that the original layout
cannot be ascertained at present. An C18 crosswing projects both front and back.
An outshot on the outer side of the front room contains the C20 main stair. The
right (south-eastern) end wall of the main block has been completely rebuilt in C20
brick and this end has a C19 or C20 extension behind. Main block has C20 brick
right end stack and left room has a cob axial stack backing onto the crosswing which
itself has front end stack. 2 storeys.
Main block has asymmetrical 4-window front of late C19 and C20 casements with
glazing bars. The doorway right of centre contains a C20 glazed door and an early
C20 flat-roofed hood on wrought iron brackets. The other sides contain similar
windows although one of the lights on the crosswing contains thin diamond panes of
leaded glass and to the bar rear first floor level is a C17 oak window frame with
one of its 2 chamfered mullions remaining. All the roofs are gable-ended.
Interior. in the main block the ground floor carpentry detail is plain where
exposed. In the right room the 2 slender crossbeams are C19 or even C20. In the
left room the crossbeam was probably put up in the late C17 but is a reused beam and
set upside down with joist holes along the soffit; it was obviously intended for
plaster cladding. The fireplace is contemporary with a plain oak lintel and brick-
lined oven with Beerstone dooway. The framed partition between the 2 rooms is
plastered over but a small section of oak plank-and-muntin screen is exposed, too
small however to show dateable detail. The main block roof shows the late medieval
work. There are 2 face-pegged jointed cruck trusses, both joints augmented with
buried slip tenons. Both are smoke-blackened indicating that the original house was
open to the roof and heated by an open hearth fire. A third jointed cruck over the
right room is side-pegged and clean. It is secondary, probably late C16 - early
Cl7. The roof over the crosswing was entirely rebuilt circa 1980. The ground floor
front room below has an early C18 soffit-chamfered and runout-stopped crossbeam.

Listing NGR: SY0450294259

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