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Latitude: 50.9575 / 50°57'27"N
Longitude: -4.0724 / 4°4'20"W
OS Eastings: 254544
OS Northings: 119613
OS Grid: SS545196
Mapcode National: GBR KQ.MVJM
Mapcode Global: FRA 26CL.17X
Plus Code: 9C2QXW5H+22
Entry Name: East Dodscott Farmhouse
Listing Date: 16 February 1989
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1147742
English Heritage Legacy ID: 91808
Location: St. Giles in the Wood, Torridge, Devon, EX38
Civil Parish: St. Giles in the Wood
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: St Giles in the Wood St Giles
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS 51 NW IN THE WOOD
7/190 East Dodscott Farmhouse
Farmhouse. C16 with major mid and late C17 improvements, modernised in the late C19.
Plastered local stone rubble including sections of cob; stone rubble stacks topped
with C20 brick; asbestos slate roof, formerly thatch.
Plan and development: The main block faces south-south-east, say south. It has a 4-
room-and-through-passage plan. At the right (east) end is an unheated dairy with
part partitioned off as a pantry. Next is the passage, then the hall with an axial
stack backing onto the passage. The hall and parlour are separated by an entrance
hall containing the main stair and the parlour at the left (west) end has a gable-end
stack. A 1-room plan kitchen block projects at right angles to rear of the lower end
overlapping the back of the passage. It has a gable-end stack.
Most of the structure is hidden by C19 and C20 plaster but it seems that the present
layout is the result of a major late C17 refurbishment of an earlier house. The
parlour is a late C17 extension and at the same time the former inner room was
converted to the entrance lobby. The roof of the main block was replaced at the same
time and therefore there is little exposed evidence of the C16 house. Nevertheless
it seems likely that the original house had a 3-room-and-through-passage plan and was
probably some kind of open hall house. The kitchen is a mid C17 extension.
Farmhouse is 2 storeys.
Exterior: Irregular 4-window front of late C19 and C20 casements and the pantry and
dairy windows are still unglazed. Passage front doorway is right of centre and
contains a C20 part glazed plank door. The entrance lobby doorway is left of centre
and it contains a C19 6-panel door behind a C20 porch. The roof is gable-ended. To
rear the kitchen doorway has a mid C17 oak doorframe with chamfered surround.
Interior shows largely the result of C19 and C20 modernisations although the earlier
layout is well-preserved. Little carpentry detail is exposed and all the fireplaces
are blocked by C20 grates. The kitchen has 2 chamfered crossbeams with straight cut
stops. The main stair is C19 with stick balusters. The parlour includes a couple of
good late C17 cupboards, one each side of the fireplace. They are round-headed with
fielded panel doors, shaped shelves and coverstrips on the head looking more like a
sunburst than the more usual shell head. There are couple of contemporary 2-panel
doors on the first floor and a good early-mid C17 door between the hall and passage
chambers; small field panels and cockshead hinges. Late C17 roof over main block is
carried on A-frame trusses with pegged lap-jointed collars. The large-framed
crosswall over the lower side of the passage is earlier, probably C16; it is not
smoke-blackened. Kitchen block has a 2-bay roof carried on a C17 truss. Its
principals have curved feet.
East Dodscott, alias Doddescott House was Dodecota in Domesday. Former home of
Source: N.W. Alcock. Devon Farmhouses. Part 1. Trans. Devon Assoc. 100 (1968) p.
Listing NGR: SS5454419613
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