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Higher Pitt Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in East and West Buckland, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0665 / 51°3'59"N

Longitude: -3.8893 / 3°53'21"W

OS Eastings: 267712

OS Northings: 131388

OS Grid: SS677313

Mapcode National: GBR KZ.F0HW

Mapcode Global: FRA 26R9.DM6

Plus Code: 9C3R3486+J7

Entry Name: Higher Pitt Farmhouse

Listing Date: 13 May 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1161234

English Heritage Legacy ID: 98908

ID on this website: 101161234

Location: East Buckland, North Devon, EX32

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: East and West Buckland

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: East Buckland St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 63 SE
3/26 Higher Pitt Farmhouse

- II

Farmhouse. Probably early to mid C16 origins, remodelled in late C16 and again
early to mid C17. Rendered stone and cob. 2 ridge stacks, brick to left, rendered
to right. Tall front lateral hall stack.
Basically 3-room-and-through-passage, former open hall house plan with former
outbuilding adjoining at left end of inner room taken in to form part of dwelling.
Unusually, the stack heating the lower end backs onto the through-passage. Stair
turret to rear of inner room and secondary staircase off right rear end of through-
2 storeys. 6-window range. Principally C20 2-light casements. Hall window built
out in line with stack and slate lean-to roof to porch with 4-panelled door.
Inserted C20 door at left end. Dairy outshut to rear.
Interior: chamfered axial beam with hollow step stops, ovolo moulded scroll-stopped
fireplace lintel and double creamery to rear wall of lower end. 2 cross ceiling
beams to hall, that at the lower end chamfered on one side (facing upper end) only.
The stub of a beam above the chamfered fireplace lintel, sited directly underneath
this cross-beam, suggests the possibility of a former jetty. Hollow step-stopped
bressumer at upper end of hall. Brick lined ovens to both lower end and hall
fireplaces. Chamfered cross beam and bressumer to inner room and to former
Roof structure: solid walls rise to the apex of the roof between the lower end and
through-passage, the hall and inner room, and inner room and former outbuilding.
C20 roof structure to lower end, but the peculiarity of the stack position and the
ovolo-moulded fireplace lintel suggests this end may have been substantially
rebuilt in the C17. Over the hall and inner room are 2 raised cruck trusses, that
over the hall is entirely smoke-blackened, that over the inner room is clean. Both
have morticed and tenoned collars and formerly carried 2 tiers of purlins. The
truss over the former outbuilding appears to be of a similar date but is completely
charred as a result of a fire which can only have affected this end. As the stair
turret services the chamber over the inner room, the roof structure suggests that
the house was built at a transitional period with the inner room ceiled from the
outset, the hall originally open to the roof, the lower end possibly jettied, the
hall being ceiled in the late C16 and the lower service end largely rebuilt in the

Listing NGR: SS6771231388

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