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Higher Thornham Farmhouse and Attached Farmbuildings

A Grade II* Listed Building in Romansleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9495 / 50°56'58"N

Longitude: -3.8006 / 3°48'2"W

OS Eastings: 273608

OS Northings: 118213

OS Grid: SS736182

Mapcode National: GBR L2.NJZ5

Mapcode Global: FRA 26XL.R4W

Plus Code: 9C2RW5XX+QP

Entry Name: Higher Thornham Farmhouse and Attached Farmbuildings

Listing Date: 20 February 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1171246

English Heritage Legacy ID: 97449

Location: Romansleigh, North Devon, Devon, EX36

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Romansleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Romansleigh St Rumon

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Tagged with: Farmhouse

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SS 71 NW
3/44 Higher Thornham Farmhouse and
attached farmbuildings
- II*
Farmhouse. Circa early C16, remodelled in circa early to mid C17, and some minor
C19 alteration. Rubble and cob, rendered and colourwashed, straw-thatched gabled
roof, 2 stacks with brick shafts.
Plan: 3-room and through-passage plan, the lower end to left is an alteration to a
farmbuilding. At least the hall and inner room of the original house were probably
open to the roof. In the early/mid C17 the house was substantially remodelled; an
axial stack was built at the lower end of the hall backing onto the passage; floors
were inserted in hall and inner room, and the front wall of the higher end of the
hall and the front wall of the inner room were rebuilt forward of the original front
creating a hall-bay and a high-quality parlour with a gable and stack. Alternatively
the rebuilding forward of this wall may be a later alteration. The hall functioned
as a kitchen and has access to the chambers above via a stair-turret added at the
back in early to mid C17. Probably at the same time in the C17 the lower end seems
to have been reduced to a farmbuilding, although it may originally have been a
farmbuilding. Another farmbuilding with a loft above was added at the higher right
and probably C18. In the C19 the inner room was partitioned axially to provide a
dairy at the back and therefore reducing the size of the parlour at the front.
Interior: retains much of interest. Through-passage with a flagstone floor. The
higher side of the passage with a doorway with a moulded head beam to former screen;
just inside the doorway into the hall a chamfered half-beam. Hall fireplace backing
onto the through-passage with a chamfered timber lintol, C19 mantle set over oven.
Hall with a chamfered cross-beam with fluted cyma stops and scratch-moulded joists.
Tudor arch ovolo-moulded doorframe to stair-turret. Pair of chamfered doorframes
with cranked heads at top of stairs to first floor chambers. Plank and muntin
screen dividing hall from parlour which was itself later divided into 2 rooms.
Parlour with moulded cross beam and half-beams around the walls with 2 rolls, and
cyma moulds, and scratch-moulded joists. Parlour fireplace blocked and a good C19
cast-iron grate inserted. First floor divided into 2 large rooms.
Exterior: 2 storeys, 3-window frontage, late C19 2 and 3-light casements with
horizontal glazing bars. Door opening to left with plank door.
Roof: the roof space is inaccessible, but the feet of a raised cruck truss are
visible in the chamber over the hall, on the higher side of the inserted hall stack.
This is a high quality early to mid C17 remodelling of what must have been an open
hall house. The internal carpentry is particularly good and the house has been
virtually unaltered since the C19.

Listing NGR: SS7360818213

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