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Churchwalls Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Sampford Peverell, Devon

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Latitude: 50.946 / 50°56'45"N

Longitude: -3.3583 / 3°21'30"W

OS Eastings: 304670

OS Northings: 117167

OS Grid: ST046171

Mapcode National: GBR LP.NP0P

Mapcode Global: FRA 36VL.X26

Entry Name: Churchwalls Farmhouse

Listing Date: 17 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1168204

English Heritage Legacy ID: 95983

Location: Sampford Peverell, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Sampford Peverell

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Sampford Peverell

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

ST 01 NW
4/134 Churchwalls Farmhouse
- II
Farmhouse. Late C16 - early C17, refurbished in the late C17 - early C18.
Plastered local chert rubble (south end wall is exposed), maybe cob in places; stone
rubble stacks, the kitchen has its original stone rubble chimney shaft, the others
are tall and built of plastered brick; slate roof, formerly thatch.
Plan and development: L-plan building. The main block faces east-south-east, say
east. It has a 3-room-and-through-passage plan. At the left (south) end there is
an inner room kitchen with gable-end stack. The hall has an axial stack backing
onto the passage and the lower end parlour has a gable-end stack. Narrow dairy to
rear of the parlour. A secondary block projects forward at right angles from the
left end (in front of the kitchen). This is C18 or C19 and was probably an
agricultural outbuilding but has now been converted to a 2-room plan cottage. This
block includes a through passage alongside the main house.
The farmhouse appears to be a single phase house and despite its late medieval
layout it seems probably that the hall was floored over from the beginning. The
late C17-early C18 refurbishment was mainly concentrated on the lower end parlour
which was rebuilt. At this time a narrow dairy was included, entered from the rear
end of the passage. Also a stair was built from the parlour up to a 2-room
bedchamber suite.
The house and cottage are 2 storeys and there are C20 conservatories on the outer
(south) side of the cottage block.
Exterior: the main block has an irregular 4-window front of mostly C19 and C20
replacement casements with glazing bars. There are however 2 late C17 - early C18
oak-framed windows with flat-faced mullions, a small single light window to the hall
(just left of the front-door) and a 4-light window first floor right end. The
passage front doorway is right of centre and contains a C19 part-glazed 6-panel door
with contemporary flat-roofed timber porch. The main roof is gable-ended. In the
rear wall the service end dairy contains another late C17-early C18 2-light window
containing rectangular panes of leaded glass and an iron casement with ornate
wrought-iron catch. In the right end wall the dairy also contains an unglazed 4-
light oak window with close set chamfered mullions. The cottage block contains C20
casements the latest of which have no glazing bars and it is gable-ended.
Good interior: the partition along the lower (parlour) side of the passage is an
oak plank-and-muntin screen containing a blocked Tudor arch doorway. There is
another similar oak screen at the upper end of the hall. The carpenters assembly
marks show on the hall side but the C19 doorway has cut away the head of the
original doorframe. Both hall and kitchen crossbeams have deep soffit chamfers with
step stops. Hall and kitchen fireplaces are blocked. The doorway from the kitchen
to the cottage block passage is an original oak Tudor arch doorway, probably moved
from the front or back of the passage. The roof over hall and kitchen is original
and carried on clean side-pegged jointed cruck trusses. The parlour end is late
C17-early C18. The doorway from the passage contains a fielded 2-panel door. The
parlour is lined with moulded plaster panelling in 2 heights, there is a coved
cornice and there is a bolection-moulded chimneypiece (there is another in the
bedchamber above). Part of the oak framing between the 2 rooms of the former late
Cl7-early C18 bedchamber suite is exposed on the first floor and it is lighter in
scantling than the original work. Roof over this part contains an A-frame truss.
This is an interesting and well-preserved single phase farmhouse with a late C17-
early C18 parlour modernisation of surprisingly high quality for a farmhouse of
this size.

Listing NGR: ST0467017167

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

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