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Lower Wick Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Luppitt, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8282 / 50°49'41"N

Longitude: -3.178 / 3°10'40"W

OS Eastings: 317133

OS Northings: 103846

OS Grid: ST171038

Mapcode National: GBR LY.X0QQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 467X.1S3

Plus Code: 9C2RRRHC+7R

Entry Name: Lower Wick Farmhouse

Listing Date: 22 February 1955

Last Amended: 16 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1168418

English Heritage Legacy ID: 86636

Location: Luppitt, East Devon, Devon, EX14

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Luppitt

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Luppitt St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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ST 10 SE
10/83 Lower Wick Farmhouse (formerly
listed as Moorswick)
Farmhouse. Late C15 - early C16 with major later C16 and C17 improvements, C19
extensions. Local stone and flint rubble, some of it facing cob; the hall stack is
stone rubble with a stone rubble chimneyshaft, the others are C19 and C20 and brick;
thatch roof.
Plan and development: 4-room-and-through-passage plan house facing south-east and
built down the hillslope. Uphill at the right (north-east) end is the former inner
room dairy or buttery. It is terraced into the hillslope and its gable-end stack is
a C20 insertion. Next to the inner room is the hall with an axial stack backing
onto the passage and there is newel stairs rising behind it against the rear wall.
The passage rear doorway is now blocked. Below the passage there are 2 unheated
service rooms but the end (south-western) one is a C19 extension. C19 kitchen
outshot to rear of the first service room and it has a lower end stack. The smoke-
blackened roof proves that the original house was open to the roof from end to end,
it was heated by an open hearth fire and was divided by low partition screens. In
the early to mid C16, a first floor chamber was built over the inner room
dairy/buttery. Next, in the mid or late C16 the hall stack was inserted. There was
probably some lower end or passage chamber built at the same time. However the
passage and service end were rebuilt and enlarged in the mid C17; this section is
slightly wider than the rest. The hall was also floored over in the mid C17. The
kitchen was added in the C19 with the extra service room. Before that the hall was
the only heated room. Main house is 2 storeys.
Exterior: irregular 5-window front of C20 casements most with a diamond lead
effect. The passage front doorway is roughly central and it contains a C20 part-
glazed door behind a contemporary slate-roofed porch. Another doorway with similar
porch at the left end. Above the hall stack oven housing there is Westminster
Insurance Plaque dated 1727. The roof is gable-ended to right and hipped to left.
Interior: the passage lower screen has narrow close-set studs and the crossbeam in
the service end room is chamfered with exaggerated scroll stops (there is a similar
axial beam in the hall). All these features are mid C17. The hall fireplace is
Beerstone ashlar with an oak lintel and chamfered surround with the remains of
pyramid stops. At the upper end of the hall is a large framed partition which may
originally have been a low partition screen. It contains a blocked doorway which
once had some kind of shaped head. The first floor partition above is secondary.
In the inner room there is a chamfered and step-stopped axial beam. The roof over
the passage, hall and inner room is carried on side-pegged jointed cruck trusses and
all the timbers are sooted from the original open hearth fire. The first floor
partition over the upper end of the hall is smoke-blackened on the hall side only.
Lower Wick Farmhouse forms a group with its farmbuildings which are ranged around a
cobbled farmyard. It also forms a group with other listed houses in the hamlet of

Listing NGR: ST1713303846

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