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Latitude: 50.8625 / 50°51'44"N
Longitude: -3.2174 / 3°13'2"W
OS Eastings: 314420
OS Northings: 107701
OS Grid: ST144077
Mapcode National: GBR LW.TW69
Mapcode Global: FRA 464T.JCL
Entry Name: Fancy Farmhouse
Listing Date: 16 March 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1166228
English Heritage Legacy ID: 86570
Location: Dunkeswell, East Devon, Devon, EX14
District: East Devon
Civil Parish: Dunkeswell
Built-Up Area: Dunkeswell
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Dunkeswell St Nicholas
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
ST 10 NW
5/15 Fancy Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Early - mid C17, enlarged and partly rearranged in the late C19,
modernised circa 1970. Local stone rubble with some late C19 brick dressings; stone
rubble stacks topped with C20 brick; slate roof, originally thatch.
Plan and development: 4-room-and-through-passage plan house facing south-south-
west, say south. The main rooms are those 2 at the left (west) end with the passage
between them. The end room is the principal parlour and it has a gable-end stack.
The room the other side of the passage has an axial stack backing onto a small
unheated room and, at the right (east) end is a stable (now a workshop). There are
2-storey service outshots across the rear and these include a kitchen with an axial
The original part of the house is the 2-room-and-through-passage section at the left
(west) end. A straignt join in the front wall between this section and the rest
proves that the unheated room and stable were added in the C19. The unheated room
was built as a cellar/buttery but has now been converted to domestic use. However
the original house must have been larger since the 2 rooms are well-appointed and
there are no kitchen or service rooms. Presumably they were in some rear block
which has been replaced by the rear outshots. House is 2 storeys throughout.
Exterior: irregular 6-window front. The 3-window section to left (the original
house) has early-mid C17 Beerstone windows with ovolo-moulded mullions and
hoodmoulds to the ground floor windows. The passage front doorway contains a late
C19 part-glazed 4-panel door. The right-hand 3-window section contains C20
casements most with glazing bars. The one over the stable doorway occupies the
former hayloft loading hatch. The stable doorway and another into tne former
cellar/buttery are C20. The roof is gable-ended.
Interior: the 2-rooms of early-mid C17 house have good quality original features.
Both rooms have Beerstone ashlar fireplaces with oak lintels, their soffits shaped
as low Tudor arches. The left room fireplace has a chamfered surround and the one
in the room right of the passage has a moulded surround. Both rooms have chamfered
crossbeams but only those in the left room have scroll stops. There is a small
original fireplace in the chamber over the left room. The rear wall of the original
house contains an original 2-light Beerstone window containing rectangular panes of
ancient leaded glass. (It is now internal). The roof structure over the original
section still contains tne original A-frame trusses with pegged dovetail-shaped lap-
jointed collars. The apexes have been cut off. The rest of the douse has C19
joinery and other detail and the hayloft floor was rebuilt circa 1970.
Listing NGR: ST1442007701
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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