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Connets Farmhouse Including Outbuilding Adjoining to the South-East and Front Garden Walls

A Grade II* Listed Building in Dunkeswell, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8628 / 50°51'46"N

Longitude: -3.222 / 3°13'19"W

OS Eastings: 314095

OS Northings: 107744

OS Grid: ST140077

Mapcode National: GBR LW.TTTK

Mapcode Global: FRA 464T.GL0

Plus Code: 9C2RVQ7H+46

Entry Name: Connets Farmhouse Including Outbuilding Adjoining to the South-East and Front Garden Walls

Listing Date: 22 February 1955

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1146555

English Heritage Legacy ID: 86584

Location: Dunkeswell, East Devon, Devon, EX14

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Dunkeswell

Built-Up Area: Dunkeswell

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Dunkeswell St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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ST 10 NW
5/29 Connets Farmhouse including
outbuilding adjoining to the
22.2.55 south-east and front garden walls
Farmhouse. C16 and C17 with some C19 alterations. Partly plastered and partly
white-washed local stone rubble including some cob; stone rubble stacks topped with
C19 and C20 brick; thatch roof, replaced with corrugated iron roof over the
Plan and development: 4-room plan farmhouse facing north-east. At the right
(north-west) end is a parlour with a gable-end stack with a newel stair rising
alongside to the front. The 2 centre rooms are heated by an axial stack between
them serving back-to-back fireplaces and with a front lobby entrance onto the side
of the stack. There is a small unheated room at the left (south-east) end, probably
a dairy or buttery originally. The building continues further left under the same
roof as an agricultural outbuilding with a passageway through it.
The early structural development of this house is difficult to ascertain at present.
The house does not conform to the usual layout and the roofspace is inaccessible.
Thus the following interpretation must be considered provisional and might be
modified in the light of future discoveries. There are full height stone rubble
walls either end of the centre 2 rooms and this is probably the historic core of the
house. This was most likely some form of open hall house maybe heated by an open
hearth fire and dating from the early or mid C16. The 2 fireplaces of the axial
stack are probably not the same date but it is not clear which is the later
fireplace (early or mid C17). The right end parlour was added in the early or mid
C17. So too probably was the left end room and the outbuilding although this end
has been rearranged since then. 2 storeys.
Exterior: irregular 5-window front of various C19 and C20 casements. Most are
earlier and oak-framed (a couple may be as old as C18) and contain rectangular panes
of leaded glass. The central doorway contains a C19 plank door behind a C20 gabled
porch. To left of the house the outbuilding passage front doorway is a segmental
headed arch. The main roof is gable-ended to right, it is continuous over the
outbuilding and hipped to left. There are no rear windows.
Interior: although there is C16 and C17 carpentry detail exposed throughout the
building there is not enough to allow an historical development of the house. The 2
left rooms of the house have no exposed beams and there is a full height stone
rubble crosswall between them. The fireplace in the inner of these 2 rooms is
partly blocked but its chamfered oak lintel is exposed. The room right of centre,
the dining room/hall, has a blocked fireplace but its large size is evident. The
ceiling beams over this room are difficult to explain; there is a roughly-finished
crossbeam and, in the outer bay, there is an axial beam with deep hollow chamfers
and pyramid stops. The crossbeam is of indeterminate date but is probably C18
whilst the axial beam is late 16 (is it reset?). The parlour has chamfered and
step-stopped crossbeams. The fireplace here is blocked. The roof over the centre 2
rooms and parlour is carried on side-pegged jointed cruck trusses but the roofspace
is inaccessible. Nevertheless it looks like the parlour roof is later since the
trusses are set a little higher than those over the centre of the house. The roof
over the left end room of the house and the outbuilding is carried on C18 or C19 A-
frame trusses.
A garden in front of the house is enclosed by a probably C19 stone rubble wall.
Although Connets is situated in the middle of Dunkeswell Village and is surrounded
by housing it is still a working farm. It also forms a part of a group with other
traditional thatch-roofed in tne vicinity of the Church of St Nicholas (q.v).

Listing NGR: ST1409507744

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