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Luscombe Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Rattery, Devon

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Latitude: 50.46 / 50°27'36"N

Longitude: -3.7648 / 3°45'53"W

OS Eastings: 274829

OS Northings: 63731

OS Grid: SX748637

Mapcode National: GBR QG.ZJJW

Mapcode Global: FRA 370V.13Q

Plus Code: 9C2RF66P+23

Entry Name: Luscombe Farmhouse

Listing Date: 27 May 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1147441

English Heritage Legacy ID: 99311

ID on this website: 101147441

Location: South Hams, Devon, TQ11

County: Devon

District: South Hams

Civil Parish: Rattery

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Rattery The Blessed Virgin Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Farmhouse, formerly a manor house. C16 with circa late C16 and early C17 additions
and enlarged and partly remodelled in late C17 and C18. Stone rubble. Slate
hipped and gabled roofs. Originally a through passage plan of which the passage
and lower end survive with a circa late C16 or early C17 kitchen wing attached
to rear (south east) of lower end, and a circa early C17 porch built at front
of the through passage and a C17 parlour wing added to front (north west) of
the higher end. The hall and higher end entirely rebuilt and enlarged in late
C17 and remodelled in C18, turning the back of the house into a symmetrical
front with the remodelled C17 kitchen wing projecting to the right to form an
L-shaped plan. Two storeys. C18 north front, five bays. Sash windows with
glazing bars and ashlar voussoirs to flat arches. Band at first floor level.
Central fielded panel door with rectangular fanlight and hood on shaped brackets
with later timber supporting posts. Oval slate sundial on front wall. Kitchen,
projecting wing to right with steeply pitched hipped slate roof and C19 two
and three-light casements with glazing bars. Large projecting lateral stack
on opposite east side of kitchen wing. North side, original front, circa C17
gabled wing to right with blocked openings and C18 one and two-light sashes
inserted. To left of wing early C17 two storeyed gabled porch to through passage
with finely cut chamfered round arch and three-light chamfered timber mullion
window above with leaded panes and a chamfered timber lintel. The joists inside
the porch are moulded with run-out stops. Interior: drawing room in the position
of the enlarged hall has late C17 moulded plaster ceiling and fielded ovolo
panelling, and small adjoining room to north with earlier C17 moulded panelling
and cornice. The earlier higher end has all its C18 joinery intact including
fielded panel doors and shutters, dog-leg staircase with moulded balusters and
handrail, square newels and closed string. Three jointed cruck trusses survive
of the old C16 roof at the lower end with morticed apices, morticed cranked
collars, side pegged, two tiers of threaded purlins and diagonal threaded ridge
piece. Only one rafter remains. Similar truss over lower side of passage has
crown post. Luscombe was a Domesday Manor. It is a remarkably unspoilt house
which has been virtually unaltered since the C18.

Listing NGR: SX7482963731

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