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Higher Town Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Sampford Courtenay, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7939 / 50°47'37"N

Longitude: -3.9437 / 3°56'37"W

OS Eastings: 263104

OS Northings: 101166

OS Grid: SS631011

Mapcode National: GBR KW.ZBRP

Mapcode Global: FRA 26MZ.WZ8

Plus Code: 9C2RQ3V4+GG

Entry Name: Higher Town Farmhouse

Listing Date: 8 October 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1147214

English Heritage Legacy ID: 93079

Location: Sampford Courtenay, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Sampford Courtenay

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Sampford Courtenay St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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11/196 Higher Town Farmhouse
House, formerly farmhouse. - Early C16 with C17 modifications plastered cob walls.
Concrete tile roof gabled to left end hipped to right. 1 axial brick stack at eaves
level at right-hand end.
Plan: originally 3-room-and-through-passage plan out with somewhat more unusal
subsequent development. The lower room initially had a non-domestic function and a
solid wall divided it from the main part of the house. The house itself was open to
the roof with a central hearth to the hall. The 2nd phase of development was the
addition of a rear wing behind the higher end which also had an open hearth fire but
the inferior carpentry detail of the roof suggests it had a kitchen function. This
cannot have had an open hearth for very long as its roof is only lightly smoke-
blackened. The front range was ceiled in the circa early C17 and a hall stack
inserted backing onto the passage. Subsequently in the C17, however, the room
arrangement was probably altered slightly - the inner room considerably enlarged at
the expense of the hall and a rather awkwardly placed corner fireplace inserted at
its higher end. In the C20 the lower room was converted to domestic use although
the loft space above it was not utilised.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 2-window front, 4 windows on ground floor. C20
2-light casements with small panes to the right-hand side. C20 glazed door to left
of centre and stable type door at left-hand end. On first floor to left of centre
is loading hatch. Wing extends behind right-hand end.
Interior: hall has granite-framed hollow-chamfered fireplace with oven in left-hand
side. Heavy chamfered ceiling beam resting on stone corbel at the front. Inner
room has chamfered cross beam with straight-cut stops. Its corner fireplace has a
chamfered wooden lintel with run-out stops. The large rear wing room has 4
chamfered ceiling beams with hollow step stops. Its fireplace has granite jambs and
a cambered chamfered wooden lintel.
Roof: the original roof timbers survive over both ranges including common rafters -
over the front part the timbers are heavily sooted whereas over the rear wing they
are only darkened. There are 2 trusses here which are morticed at the apex with
diagonal ridge and have threaded purlins. The inner one has no collar whereas the
end one has a simple lapped collar which may be later. Over the front range are 4
trusses. The lower end one is clean and is a face-pegged jointed cruck. A light
partition (on top of a cob wall rising to eaves level) separates it from the rest of
the roof and is clean on the lower side and blackened on the higher side. This
partition is against an insubstantial truss. The 2 higher end open trusses are very
substantial, one with a cranked morticed collar chamfered on the underside and the
other with mortices for a collar; threaded purlins.
This is a relatively unusual example of a late medieval house apparently with 2 open
halls and with its original roof structure virtually intact.

Listing NGR: SS6310401166

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