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Whelmstone Barton and Whelmstone Barton Cottage

A Grade II* Listed Building in Colebrooke, Devon

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Latitude: 50.792 / 50°47'31"N

Longitude: -3.7743 / 3°46'27"W

OS Eastings: 275037

OS Northings: 100654

OS Grid: SS750006

Mapcode National: GBR L3.ZKMZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 27Z0.3D7

Entry Name: Whelmstone Barton and Whelmstone Barton Cottage

Listing Date: 26 August 1965

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1171153

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96602

Location: Colebrooke, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Colebrooke

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Colebrooke

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

SS 70 SE
3/183 Whelmstone Barton and
Whelmstone Barton Cottage


House and adjoining cottage, former manor house. Medieval origins, rebuilt in
early C17 with C18 extension and probably C19 rebuild of kitchen wing. Mostly
plastered cob on rubble footings, porch of volcanic ashlar with granite coping, and
former kitchen wing of exposed volcanic stone rubble with brick dressings; stone
rubble stacks with c19 and C20 brick tops and former kitchen stack entirely of
brick; thatch roof, replaced with corrugated iron over inner side of former
kitchen wing.
Main range facing south-east has 2 main rooms with an entrance lobby between and
small third room at left (south west) end. End stack to right roan and outer axial
stack to other main room. 2 storey porch. Kitchen wing at right angles to rear of
right (north-east) roan crosswing at left south-west end projects forward a short
distance and further to rear. Front portion now occupied by service rooms with
inner lateral stack and rear now garage and stores (formerly agricultural store and
hayloft). Former kitchen is now separate Whelmstone Barton Cottage with 2-room
plan and end stack. 2 storeys throughout.
Not quite symmetrical 4-window main front of C19 16-pane sashes. Those on ground
floor are taller than those on first floor. Central doorway contains C19 4-panel
door behind fine early C17 gabled 2-storey stone porch. It has chamfered plinth,
round-headed outer arch with ogee-moulded surround with ornate scroll stops, first
floor 2-light window with hollow-chamfered mullion, broad bead-moulded reveals and
moulded hood, small blind rectangular niche above the window with soffit-moulded
sill, roll-moulded surround and projecting above a half-engaged ball finial, and
the gable has soffit-chamfered granite coping on volcanic kneelers and at the apex
a ball finial. Porch is very similar in style to nearby gateway (q.v.). Main roof
is gable-ended to right and crosswing to left projects forward with hipped roof.
Its front end lies the other side of cob garden wall (q.v.) and contains 2 ground
floor C20 casements. On the long left (south-west) side the domestic front section
has a 2-window front of C20 casements with glazing bars, includes a C20 panelled
door, and the first floor windows are half dormers with thatched gables over. The
rear or left section takes on a more agricultural character with c20 glazed low
ground floor windows either side of a flight of granite steps up to a first floor
loading hatch with double doors. At left end and first floor level is a C19
unglazed 2 light windows with 3 vertical iron bars to each light. Roof is hipped
each end. End wall has ground floor garage doors flanked by full height pilaster
buttresses and a first floor unglazed 2-light window. Whelmstone Barton Cottage,
the former kitchen wing, is built of rubble with brick dressings and has a partly
corrugated iron roof. The end stack is entirely of C19 brick and has a narrow
lean-to end extension with a slate roof. Windows are mostly C20 but the outer
(north-eastern) side includes C19 3-light casements with glazing bars.
Interior: Although main block shows wholly C17 features, the irregularities of
plan suggest possible survival of earlier core. For instance there is an awkward
lobby from the front door through the left main room to the entrance hall, now
containing a C19 stick baluster stair. Both main roams have plain chamfered
crossbeams. The right room has a volcanic ashlar fireplace and oak lintel with
moulded ogee surround and scroll stops. The roof is made up of A-from trusses
with pegged lap-jointed collars and lower collars morticed, tenoned and pegged to
the principals to carry the ceiling joists. Crosswing has exposed C18 features
comprising plainly finished crossbeams and A-frame roof. Interior of Whelmstone
Barton Cottage, the former kitchen wing, not inspected.
Whelmstone Barton bears the name of one of the 18 tithings of the Crediton Hundred
recorded in 1340. The remains of a detached chapel licenced in 1374 were
demolished circa 1950. The early C17 porch is an exceptionally good example for
Sources: Devon S.M.R.

Listing NGR: SS7503700654

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