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Southhele Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Clayhanger, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9934 / 50°59'36"N

Longitude: -3.387 / 3°23'13"W

OS Eastings: 302756

OS Northings: 122467

OS Grid: ST027224

Mapcode National: GBR LN.KMRS

Mapcode Global: FRA 36SH.B8Z

Plus Code: 9C2RXJV7+86

Entry Name: Southhele Farmhouse

Listing Date: 7 December 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1169199

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96727

Location: Clayhanger, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Clayhanger

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Clayhanger St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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7/82 Southhele Farmhouse

Farmhouse. Circa late C16 with some late C17/early C18 refurbishment and C20
alterations. Rendered stone rubble and cob; corrugated asbestos roof (formerly
thatched), gabled at ends; rendered end stacks and axial stack.
Plan: T plan: a 3 room and through passage main range, hall stack backing on to
passage, lower end to the right. Unheated rear wing at right angles to the hall,
probably functioning as a dairy with granary over. Lean-tos at right end of main
range and adjoining dairy. Some circa late C17 refurbishment to hall and lower end
and inner room fireplaces. Rear door of through passage blocked internally; probably
late C19/early C20 axial passage created at rear of hall giving access from through
passage to inner room.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window front; break in roofline to right of hall
stack indicates some rebuilding. Gabled porch to through passage to right of centre
with a good C17 front door with massive strap hinges. C20 timber casements, the 4-
light hall window probably preserves the original embrasure. Probably C16 plank and
stud rear door to through passage.
Interior: High status late C16 and later carpentry and joinery. Intersecting beam
ceiling to hall (beams now plastered); stair adjacent to hall stack; C18 window seat
and cupboards; C17 ovolo-moulded doorframe leading from hall into rear dairy and now
contained within axial passage; C20 hall fireplace probably concealing earlier
features. Deep hollow-chamfered stopped crossbeam in kitchen; open fireplace with
timber lintel and probably late C17 moulded mantel shelf, hearth seat and bread oven.
Change in ceiling height and plainer crossbeam immediately in front of stack suggests
the possibility of some re-arrangement of the fireplace. Bolection-moulded late C17
chimneypiece to inner room which also has deep chamfered crossbeams. Dairy has
deeply-chamfered roll-stopped crossbeams.
Documentation in possession of the owners includes leases etc., dating from the late
C18 onwards, when the house was still in the possession of the Southele family. A
floor slab in Clayhanger Church, recorded by John Davidson in 1828 commemorated
members of the Southele family with memorial dates from 1661 to 1722.
Davidson, John. Notes on Devon Churches, MS in West County Studies Library.

Listing NGR: ST0275622467

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