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Ford House and Barton House

A Grade II Listed Building in Stoodleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9553 / 50°57'18"N

Longitude: -3.5484 / 3°32'54"W

OS Eastings: 291338

OS Northings: 118457

OS Grid: SS913184

Mapcode National: GBR LF.N2VZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 36GL.7D6

Plus Code: 9C2RXF42+4J

Entry Name: Ford House and Barton House

Listing Date: 7 December 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1169993

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96823

Location: Stoodleigh, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Stoodleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Stoodleigh St Margaret

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


9/178 Ford House and Barton House


Former agent's house for the agent to the Stoodleigh Estate, divided into 2 houses.
Circa 1880s, said to be designed by Sir Ernest George who designed Stoodleigh Court
(q.v. Ravenswood School) for the Daniel family, but this seems, stylistically, rather
unlikely. Stone rubble with bitumen-painted slate roofs, gabled at ends; stacks with
brick shafts, some with ornamental brick cornices.
Plan: Gothic in outline, asymmetrical double depth plan, the principal rooms and main
stair in Ford House, the service rooms linked to a range of outbuildings in Barton
House. The house is parallel to the north east range of farmbuildings of the co-eval
planned farmyard of Ford Barton and separated from them by a narrow garden and yard.
Exterior: Remarkable for its extremely steeply-pitched roof and deep gables to each
elevation, mostly with surviving ornamental bargeboards. 2 storeys. Asymmetrical
3:1:2 window front with 2 gables to the front, the right hand block slightly broken
forward. Principal entrance in the left hand block with a gabled porch with a
cambered outer doorway, further entrance on front at right. Fenestration throughout
of 1-, 2- and 3-light moulded timber mullioned and some transomed windows. At the
right end of the elevation and set back from it is a single-storey slate-roofed range
of tiled scalding rooms with a 6-bay timber verandah on the front. Covered way
between the right end of the house and the scalding rooms. The 2 bay left return of
the house has a gable to the front at the right, a single-storey canted bay window
ground floor right and 3-light windows similar to those on the front elevation; attic
window in gable a plastic replacement. The 4:1 window rear elevation is gabled to
the rear at the right and has a gabled porch into the garden with a cambered outer
doorway and half-glazed inner door. Fenestration similar to the other elevations;
outshut with stack to rear of scalding rooms range which has a central ventilator.
Interior: The service rooms are plain, the principal rooms in Ford House have moulded
plaster cornices and a variety of C19 chimneypieces including one with good iron
grate. Principal stair rises from entrance hall as a dog-leg to the attic storey,
with slender balusters, a steeply-ramped handrail and Tudor style pendants.
A very complete and rather idiosyncratic late C19 house with a mannered use of steep
gables. The house is particularly interesting in association with the adjacent co-
eval planned farmyard.

Listing NGR: SS9133818457

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