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Latitude: 50.9125 / 50°54'45"N
Longitude: -3.2313 / 3°13'52"W
OS Eastings: 313533
OS Northings: 113282
OS Grid: ST135132
Mapcode National: GBR LV.QZ1J
Mapcode Global: FRA 463P.JYK
Entry Name: Hemyock Castle House
Listing Date: 5 April 1966
Last Amended: 15 April 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1169449
English Heritage Legacy ID: 95710
Location: Hemyock, Mid Devon, Devon, EX15
District: Mid Devon
Civil Parish: Hemyock
Built-Up Area: Hemyock
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Hemyock St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
ST 11 SW HEMYOCK CORNHILL, Hemyock
Hemyock Castle House
Detached house, originally the principal manor of Hemyock, and later used as a
farmhouse. The house is situated within the late-C14 curtain walls of the castle
bailey. (q.v) but the earliest surviving features look considerably later, probably
late C15. It was substantially altered in the late C18 by General Simcoe, and in
the C19. Randon rubble flint with some limestone; hipped and half-hipped
symmetrical tile roof.
Plan: the original layout is difficult to reconstruct because the house has
undergone radical remodelling. Probably a 3-room through-passage-plan house with
service end to the right of the passage. The present principal doorway with a
carved stone archway (late C15 or early C16 but brought from Cornwall in the late
C19) does not mark the site of the passage, remains of which survive behind the
second door of the range (to the right). The medieval hall lies between these
doorways, and was originally open to the roof which shows evidence of smoke-
blackening. The service end and the inner room have been largely reconstructed,
possibly circa 1800. The stacks and the first floor of the hall look like very late
insertions, possibly C18; the stacks are not in the customary positions; that to the
hall is at the higher end, that to the service end backs on to the passage. Brick
shafts. 2 storeys.
Exterior: Front: 2 roof ridge levels, that over the inner room (and part of the
hall) higher than the rest; 4 window range, all the windows have late C20 timber
casements. Rear outshut; all fenestration to rear and right-hand end elevations
late C20. The left-hand end is apsidal with one large pointed window, and several
smaller pointed entrances, which are now serving as windows, but were probably
designed as rather Gothick embellishment in circa late C18 when the house was
remodelled by General Simcoe.
Interior: Hall with rough cross beams; the fireplace lintel with a shallow chamfer
and scroll stop. All these features look C18. Remains of a partition with
unchamfered posts is visible below the present rear stairs, at the lower end of the
hall. Inner room was derelict until recently, and is largely a late C20
reconstruction using some original materials.
Roof: 2 medieval trusses, probably jointed crucks to either end of the hall;
threaded purlins and threaded diagonal ridge piece, yoke, and cranked collar with
chamfered archbraces; one tier of wind braces. These old timbers are very badly
eroded, but there is evidence of smoke-blackening.
Historical note; General Simcoe, the first Governer General of Canada bought the
house, lived in it briefly, and was probably responsible for much of the
Listing NGR: ST1353313282
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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