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Newton House

A Grade II Listed Building in Zeal Monachorum, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8258 / 50°49'32"N

Longitude: -3.8481 / 3°50'53"W

OS Eastings: 269932

OS Northings: 104545

OS Grid: SS699045

Mapcode National: GBR L0.XBZ5

Mapcode Global: FRA 26TX.BNR

Plus Code: 9C2RR5G2+8Q

Entry Name: Newton House

Listing Date: 15 December 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1163439

English Heritage Legacy ID: 95625

Location: Zeal Monachorum, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

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

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- Newton House

House, former farmhouse. Late C16-early C17 origins; much rebuilt in late C17-early
C18, modernised in mid C19 and again circa 1960. Plastered cob on rubble footings;
stone rubble and cob stacks, mostly disused but one topped with C20 brick; mostly
thatch, some corrugated iron.
The present plan appears to derive from a major late C17-early C18 rearrangements of
a late C16-early C17 house. The main block faces south-east. The house is at the
left end and comprises 3 rooms with a cider house at the right end. The 2 main
rooms of the house are those at the left end and are separated by a through-passage.
Between those 2 and the cider store is a smaller heated room. All 3 rooms have
stacks to the left, 1 end stack and 2 axial stacks. The house appears once to have
extended further to the left. The main room right of the passage includes a late
C17 early C18 winder stair alongside the fireplace towards the front. There is a
contemporary kitchen at right angles to rear of the room left of the passage. It
has a cob end stack. There are C19 and C20 outshots either side of the kitchen. 2
The house has an irregular 3-window front containing a variety of window types. The
main doorway contains a Cl9 plank door. To left a C19 3-light casement with glazing
bars; to right a mid C19 horizontal-sliding sash (9 panes each); another directly
above and a similar 3-light version over the casement. Above the door is a C19
fixed-pane round-headed window in a square-headed embrasure. It contains a radial
pattern of glazing bars. There is another at left end and a similar pattern to the
overlight of the secondary door to the right room of the house. According to the
owners these round-headed windows were introduced when nearby Lower Newton Chapel
became redundant. To right of the house the cider house has a late C16-early C17
Tudor-arched doorframe and a possibly contemporary oak 3-light window frame with
chamfered mullions. The first floor fixed pane window with glazing bars to left is
probably a replacement of a first floor loading hatch. Roof is gable-ended to left
and hipped to right. The rear block is gable-ended and rear has mostly C20
casements with glazing bars.
Interior In the house no floor beams or joists are exposed. 2 of the main block
fireplaces are blocked and the third (the left end) can be seen to be built of neat
local stone rubble but the lintel is covered. The kitchen has a large roughly
soffit-chamfered oak lintel across the full width of the room. Late C17 early C18
joinery detail is widespread. Several solid oak doorframes have bead-moulded
surrounds and some still contain 2-panel doors. At first floor level alongside the
left end fireplace, the cupboard has a panelled and scratch-moulded door. The house
roof is largely inaccessible, but the feet of large principals can be seen
indicating A-frame trusses and from the cider-house X-apexes can be seen over the
house. The cider-house itself has 2 A-frame trusses with pegged lap-jointed
collars. The inner hall (nearest the house) appears to be smoke-blackened, but
surely can only be so if this end was used industrially. The floor beams appear to
be secondary, possbily C19. This end is very difficult to work out.

Listing NGR: SS6993204545

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