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Hendicott Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in South Tawton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7724 / 50°46'20"N

Longitude: -3.8685 / 3°52'6"W

OS Eastings: 268346

OS Northings: 98640

OS Grid: SX683986

Mapcode National: GBR Q9.KN0J

Mapcode Global: FRA 27S1.GQY

Entry Name: Hendicott Farmhouse

Listing Date: 4 March 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1170257

English Heritage Legacy ID: 94942

Location: South Tawton, West Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: South Tawton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Tawton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


1/148 Hendicott Farmhouse


Farmhouse. Late C15-early C16 with major later C16 and C17 improvements,
refurbished and rearranged in the mid C19. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings;
stone rubble stacks topped with brick, the hall one with its original stone
chimneyshaft; thatch roof, the later part replaced with corrugated asbestos.
Plan and development: much-altered 3-room-and-through-passage plan house facing
south-south-wast, say south. The inner room end to left (west) was rebuilt in the
mid C19 and enlarged to house the new principal rooms. This end has 2 rooms with
front entrance hall and stairs to rear. The left end room has a gable-end stack and
the right room here, the former inner room, has an axial stack backing onto the main
stairs. At this time, the mid C19, the former hall was converted to a kitchen. Its
fireplace was partly rebuilt then. It is a large axial stack backing onto the
former passage. At the same time the passage and service end room went out of
domestic use, the lower passage partition was removed and the passage rear doorway
was blocked. It is unheated. Only the hall, passage and service end room preserve
the evidence of the historic development of the house. The original house, it
seems, was open to the roof from end to end, divided by low partitions and heated by
an open hearth fire. Hall fireplace was inserted probably in the mid C16. About
the same time the passage and service end were floored over and the hall was floored
in the mid or late C17. House now 2 storeys throughout.
Exterior: the mid C19 refurbishment built a new left end with a symmetrical 3-
window front arranged around the new main front door, a 6-panel door behind a C20
porch. It is flanked by 16-pane sashes and there is a central 12-pane sash over.
The hall bay to right has a- fourth window; ground floor C20 casement with glazing
bars and a first floor late C17 oak 4-light casement with flat-faced mullions and
containing rectangular panes of old leaded glass. To right of this are 2 doorways,
both containing C20 plank doors. The first is a mid C19 doorway inserted to the
former hall, the second is the passage front doorway. The left end lies behind a
late C19-early C20 agricultural building. The roof is gable-ended to left and half-
hipped to right.
Good interior the former hall/later kitchen has a large and unusually deep
fireplace. Built of granite ashlar with one side rebuilt in the mid C19 it has a
roughly-finished oak lintel and the ovens were inserted or relined in the C19. The
crossbeam here is mid or late C17; it is soffit-chamfered with straight cut stops.
The service end room has a roughly soffit-chamfered crossbeam of indeterminate date.
The roof over the former hall, passage and service end room is the original. It is
carried on jointed crucks of large scantling held by face-pegs augmented by slip
tenons. They have curving collars and small triangular yokes (Alcock's apex type
L1), butt purlins, service end hip cruck and the bay over the hall has windbraces.
This roof structure including the common rafters (but not the thatch) is smoke-
blackened from the open hearth fire. The former inner room appears to be a mid C19
rebuild with the extension and this end has joinery detail of that date.

Listing NGR: SX6834698640

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