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Lower Marsh Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Rockbeare, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7355 / 50°44'7"N

Longitude: -3.3566 / 3°21'23"W

OS Eastings: 304364

OS Northings: 93750

OS Grid: SY043937

Mapcode National: GBR P5.B542

Mapcode Global: FRA 37V4.J4T

Entry Name: Lower Marsh Farmhouse

Listing Date: 26 May 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1141384

English Heritage Legacy ID: 352433

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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Listing Text


3/111 Lower Marsh Farmhouse

- II

House, former farmhouse. Early C17, possibly earlier core, enlarged in late C17 -
early C18, modernised in C19 and again circa 1970. Plastered stone rubble, maybe
some cob; stone rubble stacks with C19 and C20 brick chimney shafts; slate roofs.
U-plan house. The main block facing south-east has a 3-room plan and is early C17
and the 2 1-room plan wings to rear of either end are probably late C17 -early C18
extensions. Both front rooms have end stacks, the left (south-western) is a large
projecting kitchen stack with oven projection. The unheated central room is an
entrance lobby with the stairs rising to rear with the stair landing projecting a
little to rear. The main roof pitch is carried down over it betwen the 2 wings. The
left rear wing has a projecting outer lateral stack. Disused axial stack in main
block probably served first floor central chamber. On the right (north-eastern) end
is a circa 1970 2-room single storey extension. Elsewhere 2 storeys with attic
rooms added to main block in late C17 - early C18.
Surprisingly asymmetrical 3-window front comprising mostly C19 and C20 casements
with glazing bars and includng a 20-pane sash ground floor right. The late C19
plank front door is left of centre and the hood is carried over a contemporary
canted bay window adjacent to right. The left window is flanked by late C19 or C20
buttresses. The roof is steeply pitched, hipped each end and contains 3 forward
facing dormers. On the right end is the flat-roofed extension of circa 1970. Each
of the rear blocks has a hipped roof.
Interior: the entrance hall has a C20 crossbeam which may line of a demolished
through passage screen. The right room was modernised in the C19 and the original
fireplace is now blocked by a C19 grate with good contemporary chimneypiece. The
early C17 crossbeam however is exposed; it is ovolo-moulded with scroll stops
indicating that this was the parlour. The left front room has soffit-chamfered and
scroll-stopped crossbeam. The fireplace here is large with a disused oven
indicating that this was the kitchen. It is partly blocked. The lintel is covered
by a board with a moulding along the bottom which may be C17. The chimneypiece is
C19. In the front wall, near the fireplace is an early C18 round-backed cupboard
with a solidly-made door still retaining one H-hinge. A cupboard in the rear wall
has a panelled door hung on H-hinges. In the rear block-room behind the kitchen the
fireplace is blocked and has a C19 chimneypiece but the ceiling has an early C18
plaster cornice moulded with a broad ogee. The other rear block room, now a
bathroom, was formerly a cold store or dairy with a plain. unchamfered crossbeam.
The stairs are a late C19 or C20 replacement of the originals although the gap
through the solid wall at first floor level is propped by a large C17 turned oak
post. The first floor chambers have exposed crossbeams. They are soffit-chamfered
with scroll stops except over the parlour where a possibly reused beam has late C16
-early C17 step stops. Also there is a presumably reused C16 oak round-headed
doorframe from the landing to the chamber in the left rear wing. The joinery detail
is mostly C19 but some solid square-section doorframes and plain plank doors may be
earlier. The main roof is carried on a series of late C17-early C18 A-frame trusses
with pegged lap-jointed collars.

Listing NGR: SY0436493750

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