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Latitude: 50.7723 / 50°46'20"N
Longitude: -4.2329 / 4°13'58"W
OS Eastings: 242654
OS Northings: 99344
OS Grid: SX426993
Mapcode National: GBR NR.0QL1
Mapcode Global: FRA 2701.JS2
Plus Code: 9C2QQQC8+WV
Entry Name: Lower Farm Farmhouse
Listing Date: 21 January 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1165189
English Heritage Legacy ID: 90781
Location: Halwill, Torridge, Devon, EX21
Civil Parish: Halwill
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Halwill St Peter and St James
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
Tagged with: Farmhouse
SX 49 NW
4/80 Lower Farm Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Circa late C16 or earlier origins, alterations of the circa early C18.
Whitewashed rendered cob and stone rubble. Corrugated asbestos roof, formerly
thatched, gabled at ends. Axial stone rubble stack. The C16 plan was a 2-room house
with a baffle entry into a small lobby in front of the side wall of the chimney
breast. The hall, at the left end, is larger than the unheated right-hand room.
Improvements of the early C18 added a very small kitchen at the left end with a gable
end stack turning the former hall/kitchen into a hall/parlour and inserting a stair
against the rear wall of the hall/parlour. The house was probably re-roofed at the
same date, a woodstore with granary over added at the right end and a rear left dairy
under a lean-to roof. In the C20 the eaves were raised when the thatch was replaced
with asbestos. 2 storeys. The house has an asymmetrical 2-window front with a
gabled porch with a slated roof to the right. The hall window, ground floor left,
has a timber lintel and a 4-light late C19/early C20 casement, 2 panes per light. A
small rectangular window to the left of the porch may be a former stair light. 2
first floor windows, one 4-light and one 3-light late C19/early C20 casements, 2
panes per light. The circa early C18 kitchen at the left end has a slate roof
separate entrance on the front, a 2-light first floor casement, 2 panes per light,
and a projecting left gable stack with set-offs and a dismantled shaft. The
woodstore and granary block at the right end is under a slightly lower roofline, with
an entrance to the woodstore on the front in the centre, a 1-light ground floor
window to the left and a first floor 3-light casement, 2 panes per light. Steps lead
up to the granary doorway on the right return.
Interior The hall as 2 exposed C16 ceiling beams with deep chamfers and step stops,
the fireplace has been modified in the C20 but is said to conceal earlier jambs and
lintel. The early C18 stair has bobbin turned balusters to the first flight and
splat balusters to a short flight on the first floor. Early C18 joinery includes 2-
panel and plank and batten doors. C18 pegged collar rafter roof with X apex trusses
below a C20 roof. Datestone of 1739 on front with initials "W.B.". The baffle entry
plan is unusual. for the region and Devon in general. The evolution of the plan and
use of rooms is an interesting feature of this house which has not been much altered
since the C19.
Listing NGR: SX4265499344
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