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Old Venn Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Whitchurch, Devon

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Latitude: 50.5386 / 50°32'18"N

Longitude: -4.1081 / 4°6'29"W

OS Eastings: 250712

OS Northings: 73104

OS Grid: SX507731

Mapcode National: GBR NY.HDLV

Mapcode Global: FRA 278M.Z8H

Plus Code: 9C2QGVQR+CQ

Entry Name: Old Venn Farmhouse

Listing Date: 23 January 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1152061

English Heritage Legacy ID: 94081

ID on this website: 101152061

Location: Middlemoor, West Devon, PL19

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: Whitchurch

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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7/171 Old Venn Farmhouse

Farmhouse, now abandoned and used for animal shelter. Possibly late C16 origin, mid
C17 alterations including addition of wing to front, C19 alterations. Granite and
slatestone rubble, granite dressings, C19 dressings, front wing rendered, slate roof.
Originally rectangular plan, it appears that there were no solid wall partitions
between the upper and lower ends; upper end to right, shippon to left, stair tower to
front, to higher right side of passage entry. Probably mid-late C17 a 2-storey 1-
room plan front wing was added, enclosing the front passage door, originally heated
by stack to right side; no sign of fireplace in main range. C19 alterations include
a door to the front of the shippon and rear shippon door giving access to rear
outshut; further addition to rear of upper end.
Front of the shippon has C19 window and door with brick cambered heads, upper
leading door and blocked door with timber lintel. 2-storey front wing to right has
door and first floor window to left side, ground and first floor window in front
gable end, all with segmental heads, glazing removed, buttress to right. The wing
was built around the stair tower, which has a single hollow-chamfered granite light
at first floor with iron stanchion, main roof extended over stair tower. Wall
removed to front of upper end from ground level to eaves. Right gable end has 2-
light window opening with timber lintel at first floor, ground floor window opening
with granite surround partially remaining; C20 single-storey addition. Left gable
end has large quoins, central bay rebuilt broken forward, no evidence remaining of
drain. Rear of shippon has C17 single storey outshut with open end, rendered to
rear. To left, also behind shippon, a winding wheel above a C19 window; rear of
upper end has external stair to C19 door with small gable over, 2-light hollow-
chamfered granite window at ground floor and further C19 rear outshut, now roofless.
Interior C19 flooring over shippon, some chamfered beams remaining in ground floor
of upper end. Blocked ventilation hole in gable end wall of shippon. Upper end has
low recess in gable end wall and 2 keeping holes. Granite rubble newel stair in
stair in stair tower.
The house may originally have had a cross passage without a rear doorway, rear door
from lower end would then have been formed for access to outshut, and front shippon
door formed at time of construction of front wing.

Listing NGR: SX5071273104

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