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Charleshayes Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Upottery, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8744 / 50°52'27"N

Longitude: -3.1209 / 3°7'15"W

OS Eastings: 321228

OS Northings: 108920

OS Grid: ST212089

Mapcode National: GBR M0.T94K

Mapcode Global: FRA 46BS.KYH

Entry Name: Charleshayes Farmhouse

Listing Date: 16 March 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1168491

English Heritage Legacy ID: 86648

Location: Upottery, East Devon, Devon, EX14

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Upottery

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Upottery St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

ST 20 NW
7/94 Charleshayes Farmhouse
- II*
Farmhouse. Late C15-early C16 with major later C16 and C17 improvements, minor C19
and C20 alterations. Plastered local stone and flint rubble, maybe with some cob;
stone rubble stacks, one topped with stone rubble, the other with C20 brick; slate
roof, formerly thatch.
Plan: 3-room-and-through-pasage plan house facing south-south-west, say south (away
from the road). At the left (west) end there is a small unheated inner room, a
former dairy or buttery. Next to it is the hall with an axial stack backing onto
the passage. The other side of the passage, at the right (east) end, there is a
service end kitchen with a gable-end stack.
This is a house with a long and complex structural history. Most, if not all, of
the original late C15-early C16 house was open to the roof, divided by low
partitions and heated by an open hearth fire. The inner room may have been floored
over from the beginning, if not it was floored over by the mid C16. The hall stack
was probably inserted in the mid or late C16 and the passage and service end was
probably floored over at the same time. The hall was floored over in the late C16 -
early C17. The service end room was refurbished (and probably enlarged) in the mid
C17 as a kitchen. Farmhouse is 2 storeys with secondary outshot behind the hall.
Exterior: irregular 3-window front with some C19 casements with glazing bars but
mostly C20 casements without glazing bars. The passage front doorway is right of
centre and it contains a C19 panelled door behind a contemporary gabled porch. The
roof is gable-ended. Along the back (the road side) there is a C20 pent roof across
the back of the passage and kitchen and there is a C17 oak 2-light window with
chamfered mullion at first floor level, over the passage rear doorway.
Good interior: in the passage the lower (kitchen) side partition is an oak plank-
and-muntin screen which may be an original low-partition screen. The kitchen itself
has mid C17 features; a chamfered crossbeam with elongated scroll stops and a large
fireplace which is now blocked although it is evidently intact. From the passage to
the hall is a late C16-early C17 oak Tudor arch doorway, probably the same date as
the hall ceiling; a 6-panel ceiling of intersecting deeply-chamfered crossbeams (one
beam was damaged when the present C19 stair was inserted). The hall fireplace is
blocked by a C20 grate. At the upper (dairy buttery) end there is an oak plank-and-
muntin screen but only the back is exposed in the dairy/buttery where there is also
a chamfered and step-stopped half beam. The roof throughout is carried on side-
pegged jointed cruck trusses which are probably original. The roofspace is only
accessible over the passage and kitchen and here it is certainly original and the
structure is heavily smoke-blackened from the original open hearth fire.
Charleshayes is an interesting and well-preserved multi-phase Devon farmhouse with
late medieval origins. It has been little modernised since the C19 and other C16 and
C17 features are probably hidden behind later plaster.

Listing NGR: ST2122808920

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