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Barn and Bakehouse Approximately 6 Metres South-East of Ensworthy

A Grade II Listed Building in Gidleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6894 / 50°41'21"N

Longitude: -3.8981 / 3°53'52"W

OS Eastings: 266023

OS Northings: 89471

OS Grid: SX660894

Mapcode National: GBR Q8.JSJB

Mapcode Global: FRA 27Q8.35X

Entry Name: Barn and Bakehouse Approximately 6 Metres South-East of Ensworthy

Listing Date: 16 September 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1147629

English Heritage Legacy ID: 94701

Location: Gidleigh, West Devon, Devon, TQ13

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Gidleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Gidleigh Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


3/256 Barn and bakehouse approximately
- 6 metres south-east of Ensworthy


Barn and bakehouse. Early-mid C17. Granite stone rubble including a proportion of
roughly-squared blocks laid to rough course and built on large boulder footings and
with large dressed quoins; corrugated iron roof (formerly thatch).
Plan: the building faces south-east and is built down the hillslope. The main part,
to right, is a threshing barn with large opposing nearly full height doorways onto
the threshing floor. It is open to the roof. At the uphill left end there is a 1-
room plan bakehouse with an axial stack backing onto the barn. This was originally
2 storeys but the floor has now collapsed.
Exterior: the cottage section has a 2-window front of open embrasures and the first
floor one has been enlarged to provide a hay loading hatch. The doorway to right of
the ground floor window has a plain solid frame and contains an old plank door. A
sloping buttress to right marks the division between the bakehouse and barn. The
large barn doorway appears to have been heightened a short distance since the
monolithic granite jambs are not quite full height. There is a row of pigeon holes
high in the wall at the right end. Roof is gable-ended. The right gable-end wall
includes a hayloft loading hatch and a series of ventilation slits.
Interior: the bakehouse fireplace is built of granite with a soffit-chamfered and
step-stopped oak lintel. It includes a massive granite oven under the granite stops
of the newel stair. The first floor structure has collapsed but a soffit-chamfered
and step-stopped half beam survives against the end wall. There is a blind rubble
crosswall between barn and bakehouse. 2-bay roof to bakehouse and 5 bays to barn,
all A-frame trusses with pegged lap-jointed collars to the barn section only.
Detached bakehouses such as this are very rare and of great interest to students of
vernacular architecture. It is even more unusual for one to be associated with a
threshing barn.

Listing NGR: SX6602389471

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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