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Down Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Hartland, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0017 / 51°0'6"N

Longitude: -4.5026 / 4°30'9"W

OS Eastings: 224499

OS Northings: 125458

OS Grid: SS244254

Mapcode National: GBR K4.K16K

Mapcode Global: FRA 16GG.FNS

Plus Code: 9C3Q2F2W+MW

Entry Name: Down Farmhouse

Listing Date: 2 June 1977

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1165764

English Heritage Legacy ID: 91190

Location: Hartland, Torridge, Devon, EX39

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Hartland

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Hartland St Nectan

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

SS 22 NW

1/123 Down Farmhouse


- II

Farmhouse. C17 or earlier in origin but remodelled and extended in C18. Plastered
stone rubble walls possibly with some cob. Gable-ended slate roof. The main range
has a plastered rubble stack with dripcourses at its left gable end, a rendered
brick axial stack and a rendered rubble stack with brick shaft at right gable.
Front wing has rendered brick stack at its gable-end, and there is a gable-end brick
stack to the rear wing.
Plan: complex pattern of development. The house apparently originated as 3 rooms
with a cross or through-passage, the lower room to the left. This is heated by a
gable-end fireplace, as is the inner room, whereas the hall has a fireplace on its
rear wall. In a projection at the rear of the passage is a C17 winder staircase
which could be either original or an addition. The house was apparently remodelled
in the early C18 and from this phase are the wing behind the lower room and the
shallow 2 storey porch at the front of the passage. The larger wing at the front of
the inner room is of an uncertain date since no early features are visible but is
probably no later than early C19 and may be considerably earlier.
Exterior: asymmetrical 4-window front with wing projecting from its right-hand end
and shallow 2 storey gabled porch to left of centre. This has a small-paned 2-light
C20 casement on its 1st floor and a similar one to its left. To the right on the
1st floor is a C19 16-pane sash. The other windows are late C19 or early C20 6-pane
sashes. C19 panelled and glazed door to porch under late C19 or early C20 slate
doorhood on curved wooden brackets. C20 part-glazed door to right. Projecting wing
has 2 C20 small-paned 2-light casements to 1st floor and 2 6-pane sashes below with
C20 light to the left. Rear wing extends behind left-hand end with further C20
addition beyond. Rear elevation has flat-roofed wing and C20 lean-tos, the right-
hand one incorporating stair projection.
Interior: exhibits few early features although beams and open fireplaces may be
concealed by C20 alterations. Some early C18 2 panel doors survive. The rear wing
has a substantial wany and rough cross beam. At the top of the winder stairs is a
C17 chamfered wooden doorframe with high step stops. The straight principal rafters
over the main range and rear wing date probably from the C18 and the roof structure
over the front wing is unlikely to be earlier.
Despite the apparent lack of internal features the plan form of this house remains
relatively unaltered and it has a particularly attractive traditional appearance,
occupying a prominent roadside position.

Listing NGR: SS2449925458

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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