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Hatherland Mill

A Grade II Listed Building in Washfield, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9468 / 50°56'48"N

Longitude: -3.5085 / 3°30'30"W

OS Eastings: 294120

OS Northings: 117451

OS Grid: SS941174

Mapcode National: GBR LH.NLZ1

Mapcode Global: FRA 36JL.YRV

Plus Code: 9C2RWFWR+PH

Entry Name: Hatherland Mill

Listing Date: 7 December 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1170186

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96846

Location: Washfield, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Washfield

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Washfield St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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9/201 Hatherland Mill


Former farmhouse. Probably early C16 origins with a late C16 remodelling, some minor
C20 alterations. Whitewashed rendered stone except for the front wall to left of the
porch which appears to be a cob rebuild; thatched roof, with plain ridge, gabled at
left end, hipped at right end; projecting left end stone stack with tall castellated
stone shaft and semi-circular bread oven, front lateral stone stack with set-offs and
tall stone shaft with a moulded cornice and castellations, probably C20 brick stack
at right end.
Plan: 3 room and through passage plan (rear door of passage blocked), lower end to
the left. The origins of the house are probably a late medieval open hall (re-used
sooted roof timbers), the 2 right hand rooms floored in the late C16 when the lateral
stack was added. The inner room, to the right, appears to have been unheated until
the C20. The evolution of the lower end is less clear, the front wall has been
completely rebuilt but the interior details are consistent with a late C16 early C17
date and the room has clearly functioned as a kitchen at one time. The lower end
room has a small rear left outshut with a catslide roof, this outshut and an
adjoining slate-roofed outshut to the rear of the hall are no longer accessible from
the interior of the house. Stairs against rear wall of lower end and hall are
probably C18 or later insertions, position of earlier stair unclear. C20 alterations
include a rear axial passage to the inner room and repartitioning of the first floor.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window front with a gabled rustic thatched porch
to the passage to left of centre. The hall and inner room windows to the right have
a continuous volcanic stone hoodmould with label stops. Attractive fenestration of
small-pane C18, C19 or C20 timber casements with glazing bars, no rear windows.
Interior: Very complete with high quality carpentry and joinery, some features
probably concealed behind later plaster. The hall has a moulded intersecting beamed
ceiling; a plank and muntin oak screen to the passage with chamfered muntins and a
fine plank and muntin oak screen to the higher end concealed on the inner room side
with moulded muntins and a cranked moulded doorframe. The fireplace has been reduced
in size with a probably Edwardian carved chimneypiece, the earlier timber lintel is
visible behind the wall plaster. A curious feature of the hall is an internal hall
bay, adjacent to the stack with a keeping place in the side of the chimney breast.
There is a similar arrangement of an internal bay to the inner room which has a deep
cupboard in the front right corner with a rehung C17 door and thick side wall,
creating an internal bay between the wall and the partition with the hall. The inner
room has a chamfered stopped cross beam. Chamfered scroll-stopped cross beams to the
lower end room, the stops more than a foot away from the front wall, which has been
rebuilt, the beams being given additional support. C20 blocking to lower end
fireplace, earlier jambs and lintel likely to survive behind. The first floor has
been re-partitioned but a fragment of C17 moulded plaster cornice above the lower end
room indicates a former high status C17 chamber on the first floor and a blocked
recess suggests a former first floor fireplace at the left end.
Roof: Timbers of various dates. Soot-encrusted re-used battens and rafters suggest
the open hall orgins of the house but are used in conjunction with probably C18 X
apex main trusses over the inner room and hall. One C17 truss survives at a lower
height below late timbers approximately above the passage. Change in roof
construction and height of first floor ceiling above the lower end where the remnants
of axial partition close to the front wall project into the roof space as a row of
studs. This may be associated with the evident reconstruction of the front wall of
the lower end.

Listing NGR: SS9412017451

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