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Latitude: 50.6647 / 50°39'53"N
Longitude: -3.8133 / 3°48'47"W
OS Eastings: 271946
OS Northings: 86576
OS Grid: SX719865
Mapcode National: GBR QD.5J4Z
Mapcode Global: FRA 27XB.07R
Entry Name: Lower Horselake
Listing Date: 16 September 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1166308
English Heritage Legacy ID: 94582
Location: Chagford, West Devon, Devon, TQ13
District: West Devon
Civil Parish: Chagford
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Chagford St Michael
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 78 NW CHAGFORD
4/51 Lower Horselake
House, former farmhouse. Late C16-early C17, thoroughly refurbished in 1985. Partly
whitewashed granite stone rubble with large dressed quoins; granite stocks; thatch
Plan and development: 3-room-and-through-passage plan house facing south-west (onto
the road). It is built down a slope with the inner at the uphill, left (north-west)
end with a C20 end stack. Hall has an axial stack backing onto the passage. Passage
and service end room had collapsed and were rebuilt on the old foundations in 1985.
Newel stair turret projecting to rear of the hall at upper end. C20 conservatory to
rear of inner room. Without evidence of any earlier structure it seems that the
house was built in the late C16-early C17, maybe with the hall floored over from the
beginning. The number of doorways on the front suggests that the house was once
divided into cottages. Now 2 storeys throughout.
Exterior: irregular 6-window front of C20 oak-framed casements containing rectangular
panes of leaded glass, some of the first floor windows with thatch eyebrows over. 3
doorways all contain C20 doors, the right one to the through passage. Roof half-
hipped both ends. Similar fenestration to rear.
Interior: all the early features appear to date from the late C16-early C17. The
hall has a large granite fireplace with a high oak lintel, soffit-chamfered with cut
diagonal stops, and contains a brick side oven inserted or relined in C19. The
crossbeam is also soffit-chamfered with straight cut stops. At the upper end of the
hall an oak plank-and-muntin screen has chamfered muntins with step stops high enough
to accommodate a bench. It contains a crank-headed doorway. At the top of the
stairs are 2 small crank-headed doorways to the hall and inner room chambers. The
upper hall screen continued up to roof with large framing. Roof is not accessible
although hall truss appears to be an A-frame. Most of the rest of the house was
rebuilt in 1985 although much of the joinery and carpentry in C16 in style.
Source: Eric Mercer, English Vernacular Houses (1975), p.148, plate 93.
Before the lower end was rebuilt an archaeological investigation was undertaken. It
revealed the line of the passage but found no evidence of heating or domestic
occupation (Tom Greeves, unpublished).
Listing NGR: SX7194686576
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