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Higher Eastcott Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Northlew, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7793 / 50°46'45"N

Longitude: -4.1066 / 4°6'23"W

OS Eastings: 251579

OS Northings: 99864

OS Grid: SX515998

Mapcode National: GBR NY.0705

Mapcode Global: FRA 2781.5XN

Plus Code: 9C2QQVHV+P9

Entry Name: Higher Eastcott Farmhouse

Listing Date: 29 February 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1146945

English Heritage Legacy ID: 93330

Location: Northlew, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Northlew

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Northlew St Thomas of Canterbury

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SX 59 NW
9/219 Higher Eastcott Farmhouse
- II
Farmhouse. Probably early C16 with C17 modifications, modernised in C20. Plastered
cob walls. Hipped thatch roof. Partly projecting plastered rubble front lateral
stack with dripcourse and brick snaft. Brick stack at right-hand end.
Plan: originally apparently of longhouse or longhouse derivative plan with shippon
at lower right-hand end, through-passage, hall and inner room to its left. Judging
from the evidence of the roof timbers the hall may well have originally been open to
the roof with a central hearth. The house is unlikely to nave been open from end to
end however as solid walls divide the hall from inner room and lower end. In the
circa early C17 the front lateral stack was inserted into the hall, probably at the
same time as its ceiling. In the C18 or C19 the shippon was converted to domestic
use and a stack inserted in its end wall. Modernised in late C20 when stairs were
inserted into passage.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3-window front of early C20 2 and 3-light
casements. Circa early C20 gabled porch to right of centre with decorative ridge
tiles and finial to slate roof. C20 plank door. Rear elevation has few openings,
passage doorway to left of centre has chamfered wooden lintel above - doorframe
obscured but may also be C17. Behind the inner room the wall projects possibly for
a former staircase.
Interior: hall has open fireplace with high chamfered wooden lintel. The lower room
has blocked ventilation slits in its walls providing evidence of its former use as a
shippon. The fireplace in this room is a late one with a plain wooden lintel.
Access to the roof was limited but whilst the trusses appeared to be of simple
construction with morticed apex and lapped or halved collars the timbers were
definately darkened as if from smoke-blackening - suggesting a late medieval date.
This appears to be an unusual example of a longhouse some distance away from the

Listing NGR: SX5157999864

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