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Murchington Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Throwleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6789 / 50°40'44"N

Longitude: -3.8604 / 3°51'37"W

OS Eastings: 268652

OS Northings: 88238

OS Grid: SX686882

Mapcode National: GBR Q9.RQ27

Mapcode Global: FRA 27S8.ZVH

Plus Code: 9C2RM4HQ+HR

Entry Name: Murchington Farmhouse

Listing Date: 16 September 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1168166

English Heritage Legacy ID: 94761

ID on this website: 101168166

Location: Murchington, West Devon, TQ13

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: Throwleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Throwleigh St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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House, originally a farmhouse, once 2 cottages. Early C16 with later C16 or C17
improvements, C19 refurbishment and extension (probably when divided into cottages),
reunited and renovated circa 1975. Plastered granite stone rubble, the top section
in cob; granite stacks with plastered chimney shafts, one possibly granite ashlar;
thatch roof.
Plan and development: L-shaped house. Long main block facing north-east and built
down a gentle slope. It has a 3-room-and-through-passage plan. At the right
(uphill) end there is a large inner room parlour with an end stack. Originally
there was probably a stair rising alongside the fireplace but in the C19 this was
demolished and replaced by a straight flight stair between hall and parlour. The
hall has an axial stack backing onto the passage and it too once had a newel stair
rising alongside but it is now disused and the space used for a cupboard. Unheated
service end room. C19 1-room plan extension to rear of left (service) end with end
stack. The early development of the house is difficult to determine since most of
the original roof has been replaced but the one surviving early C16 sooted roof
truss proves that the original was an open hall house heated by an open hearth fire.
The inner room was enlarged for a parlour in the mid or late C17 and the whole roof
structure was probably replaced at the same time. Also the hall was then relegated
to a kitchen. It is tempting to interpret the house as a Dartmoor longhouse but
there is not positive evidence for the use of the service end room as a shippon. 2
Exterior: Irregular 5-window front of C20 casements with glazing bars. The
original front-passage doorway is left of centre and there is another door at the
right end to the parlour. (This was probably inserted in C19). Both contain C19
part-glazed panelled doors. A disturbance over the passage doorway is said to
include timber framing and may indicate former presence of a 2-storey porch. Roof
is half-hipped to left and gable-ended to right.
Interior: The late C16 - early C17 hall fireplace is granite ashlar with hollow-
chamfered surround. It includes a side oven and has been repaired in the C20. 3-
bay ceiling of soffit-chamfered crossbeams with step stops and one of the 2
crossbeamsis roughly-finished and so too is the crossbeam in the parlour. The
parlour fireplace is granite ashlar and has a replacement oak lintel. One original
true cruck truss with cambered collar and small yoke (Alcock's Type L1) survives
over the hall. It is smoke-blackened from the open hearth fire. Throughout the
rest the lower parts of the principals show and suggest C17 A-frame trusses. The
rear extension has only C19 structural detail. Joinery detail throughout is C19 and
Murchington Farmhouse is one of an attractive group of listed buildings in the

Listing NGR: SX6865288238

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