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Church House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Throwleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7014 / 50°42'4"N

Longitude: -3.8876 / 3°53'15"W

OS Eastings: 266798

OS Northings: 90780

OS Grid: SX667907

Mapcode National: GBR Q8.J348

Mapcode Global: FRA 27R7.19K

Plus Code: 9C2RP426+GX

Entry Name: Church House

Listing Date: 22 February 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1168267

English Heritage Legacy ID: 94777

ID on this website: 101168267

Location: Throwleigh, West Devon, EX20

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, former church house. Early C16, improved in late C16-early C17, converted
into 3 cottages in the C18 or C19, united into one house and modernised circa 1980.
Coursed blocks of granite ashlar on a chamfered plinth but granite stone rubble to
rear; granite stack with granite ashlar chimney shaft; thatch roof.
Plan: The building faces east, backing onto the churchyard alongside the lych gate.
Circa 1980 the ground floor was cleared of all internal partitions returning it
apparently to what it was in the C17. Nevertheless there are opposing doorways set
a little right of centre. Originally the house was open to the roof. In the late
C16 - early C17 the floor was inserted and a stack built in the right (north) end
wall. There is a contemporary stair alongside the fireplace to rear, and since a
disused stair branches off the main stair to rear, there must have been a rear
block. The present main stair is a C20 insertion. At the back there is external
stone stair to a first floor doorway.
2 storeys with C20 rear service outshot.
Exterior: Irregular front fenestration, 3 ground floor and 2 first floor casements.
Central ground floor window is a timber C19 flat-faced mullion window containing
rectangular panes of leaded glass, the rest are C20 copies. Only the ground floor
left window obviously occupies an old window embrasure; granite ashlar with
chamfered reveals. The original front doorway is a 2-centred arch with chamfered
surround and contains a C19 stable-type door. Roof is gable-ended to right and
hipped to left. The left end wall contains 2 late C16 - early C17 windows at first
floor level. Both are 2 lights but the front one has square-headed lights and the
rear window lights have pointed heads and sunken spandrels.
Good interior: The late C16 - early C17 ceiling is 4 bays carried on crossbeams of
large scantling; they are soffit-chamfered with straight cut stops although one beam
has pyramid stops at the front end. (Maybe similar stops have been knocked off the
others). The joists are soffit-chamfered and most are original but those in the
left (south) end bay are replacements. The fireplace is unusually large. It is
nearly the full width of the building. Its hollow-chamfered granite ashlar lintel
was a single piece but is now supported where it has cracked. To left is a round-
headed granite doorway to the stone stairs. The original roof is intact. The 3
bays are carried on true cruck trusses with soffit-chamfered cambered collars and
sets of chamfered tnreaded purlins. The whole structure including the hip
construction, common rafters and underside of the original rye thatch are heavily
smoke-blackened from the C16 open hearth fire.
Not only is this the most attractive of a group of listed houses in the centre of
Throwleigh village it is also a well-preserved example of a late medieval church

Listing NGR: SX6679790779

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