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Latitude: 50.818 / 50°49'4"N
Longitude: -3.828 / 3°49'40"W
OS Eastings: 271327
OS Northings: 103638
OS Grid: SS713036
Mapcode National: GBR L1.XXR9
Mapcode Global: FRA 26WX.SM8
Plus Code: 9C2RR59C+5R
Entry Name: Gillhouse Farmhouse Including Cob Walls and Outbuildings Adjoining to North West
Listing Date: 16 August 1965
Last Amended: 26 August 1965
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1163305
English Heritage Legacy ID: 95614
Location: Zeal Monachorum, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17
Civil Parish: Zeal Monachorum
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Zeal Monachorum St Peter
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS 70 SW
4/63 Gillhouse Farmhouse
including cob walls and
26.8.65 outbuilding adjoining to north-
Farmhouse. Late C16 - early C17, possibly earlier core; rebuild and enlarged in
late C17. Plastered cob on rubble footings; stone rubble stacks topped with C20
brick; thatch roof.
House plan is derived from a 3-room-and-through-passage plan house facing south-east
with the former inner room at the right (north-eastern) end. In the late C17 the
house was remodelled in 1 or 2 stages. A fourth room was added onto the former
servaice (south-western) end. The former inner room was probably extended and both
hall and inner room were brought forward an extra bay. At the same time a 2-storey
porch was put on the front and built large enough to incorporate a stair (now
dismantled). The corridor along the back of the hall is also probably contemporary.
The present stairs are C19 and in that corridor. The former inner room (now a
kitchen) has an end stack; the hall has an axial stack backing onto the passage; the
former service room is unheated; and the service end extension room has a projecting
end stack. 2 storeys throughout.
Balanced nearly-symmetrical 2:1:2 window front of late C19 - early C20 3-light
casements with glazing bars. The large gabled porch contains a plain nearly round-
headed outer arch and the front door behind is late C19; panelled and part-glazed.
The main roof is gable-ended. The projecting left end stack of neatly-squared stone
blocks with ashlar weathered offsets. The rear wall includes a number of late C17
oak window frames, all with flat-faced mullions and relatively broad internal ogee
mouldings. There are two 3-light windows to the former service room and extension
(the latter is blocked), 2 more to the chambers above (one contains rectangular panes
of leaded glass) and another 2-light window to left of these.
Interior: the internal crosswalls are of cob. The former inner room (now the
kitchen) has late C17 features; the crossbeam is soffit-chamfered with runout stops
and the large fireplace is blocked. The core of the hall is late C16 - early C17.
The fireplace is built of stone rubble with soffit-chamfered and pyramid-stopped oak
lintel. The rear of the 2 axial beams is contemporary and similarly finished against
the chimney breast. At the other end another section of oak has been scarfed on and
a massive iron bolt sticks up in the first floor corridor above. The beam towards
the front has a plain soffit chamfer, dating from the late C17 widening of the hall.
The passage and 2 lower rooms have no exposed carpentry. The roof is wholly C17
although some earlier smoke-blackened timbers are reused. The earliest truss over
the lower side of the passage is an A-frame with a pegged dovetail lap-jointed
collar; it is late C16 - early C17. All the other trusses are late C17 A-frames with
simple pegged lap-jointed collars. The trusses over the hall have unusual collars
which on the rear side are shaped to follow the principal down nearly 0.5m and are
fixed by a series of pegs.
At the rear a high cob wall on rubble footings and with thatch coping encloses a
courtyard. On each side later stones have been built with lean-to roofs.
Listing NGR: SS7132703638
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