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Latitude: 50.9775 / 50°58'38"N
Longitude: -3.7509 / 3°45'3"W
OS Eastings: 277177
OS Northings: 121244
OS Grid: SS771212
Mapcode National: GBR L4.LRLB
Mapcode Global: FRA 361J.DJY
Entry Name: North Yarde
Listing Date: 18 October 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1163493
English Heritage Legacy ID: 97631
Location: Rose Ash, North Devon, Devon, EX36
District: North Devon
Civil Parish: Rose Ash
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Rose Ash
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS 72 SE ROSE ASH
6/100 North Yarde
House, probably originally the kitchen range to South Yarde (q.v.). Likely to be
late medieval in origin, remodelled in the circa early C17, re-roofed in the C20, C20
lean-to added at right end.
Colourwashed, rendered cob and stone; slate roof, half-hipped at left end, gabled at
right end; right end stack, modern left end stack.
Plan: Parallel to South Yarde across a narrow yard and probably part of a courtyard
plan house of which South Yarde is the hall range. North Yarde consists of one large
principal room with a massive stack combined with a smoking chamber at the right end
and a smaller, originally unheated, service room to the left which may be a later
addition. The height of the fireplace lintel suggests that the principal room may
originally have been single-storey and open to the roof. The ceiling beams are
probably late C17 and the floor may have been inserted at this date to provide an
extra chamber. The main house, South Yarde, has no obvious provision for a C17
kitchen and presumably North Yarde continued to serve as the kitchen throughout the
C17. The roof structure, replaced in the C20, is known to have been of cruck
construction (Hulland). A single-storey rear lean-to is probably a C19 or later
addition, the smoking chamber has been broken through to provide a doorway into the
C20 right end lean-to.
Exterior: Asymmetrical 2 window south front, slightly set back at the left end
suggesting a rebuilding or addition. Half-glazed front door to left of centre,
buttress to the right, 2- and 3-light C20 timber casements. The rear elevation has a
lean-to, 2 small-pane timber casements and one recent C20 window.
Interior: The principal ground floor room is dominated by a massive open fireplace
with a bread oven and a chamfered lintel that extends the full width of the room,
continuing across the smoking chamber to the right where it has been dressed off when
the smoking chamber was converted to a doorway, but preserving its chamfer and stop
at the right end. The lintel is high and a half-beam supporting the joists is fixed
to it, suggesting that the ceiling post-dates the fireplace. The main crossbeam is
chamfered with keeled stops and exposed joists.
Roof C20 with straight principals, Hulland refers to former cruck trusses.
An unusual survival and especially important for its relationship with South Yarde.
Hulland, C. "Devonshire Farmhouses, Part V", Transactions of the Devonshire
Association (1980), vol. 112, pp 127-132.
Listing NGR: SS7717721244
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