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Southern Cross Guesthouse Including Garden Walls Adjoining to North West

A Grade II Listed Building in Newton Poppleford, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6981 / 50°41'53"N

Longitude: -3.3042 / 3°18'15"W

OS Eastings: 307988

OS Northings: 89528

OS Grid: SY079895

Mapcode National: GBR P7.4M8Z

Mapcode Global: FRA 37Z7.DKL

Plus Code: 9C2RMMXW+68

Entry Name: Southern Cross Guesthouse Including Garden Walls Adjoining to North West

Listing Date: 26 May 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1203649

English Heritage Legacy ID: 352395

Location: Newton Poppleford and Harpford, East Devon, Devon, EX10

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Newton Poppleford and Harpford

Built-Up Area: Newton Poppleford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Newton Poppleford St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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AND HARPFORD Newton Poppleford
5/73 Southern Cross Guesthouse
- including garden walls adjoining
to north-west

Guesthouse. Early C18, modernised in C19 and extended in C20. Plastered cob on
stone rubble footings; stone rubble stacks topped with C19 and C20 brick; thatch
roof, asbestos slate to C20 extension.
The house faces onto the road to the south-east. The main block has a double depth
plan. It has a central through passage with front and back rooms either side. The
main domestic rooms were those on the front and served by end stacks. In fact it
seems likely that this plan evolved from 2 or more main builds but this is difficult
to prove at present. The most likely interpretation proposes an original L-shaped
building comprising the front rooms and the left service room as a rear wing at
right angles. The right service room has parallel roofs at right angles to the main
block and appears to be separated from the front room by a mass wall. The gap
between the 2 rear rooms behind the through passage was filled in later. In the C20
a 2-room block was added set well back from the front on the right (north-eastern)
end on the same axis as the main block and only connected at ground floor level and,
at the same time, a conservatory built in the angle of the end of the original house
and front of the C20 extension. 2 storeys throughout.
The main house has a regular but not symmetrical 3-window front of mostly C19 and
C20 casements and including a horned 4-pane sash first floor left end. All the
windows including those with glazing bars are given lattice patterns of leading.
The front doorway is set left of centre and contains a late C19-early C20 part-
glazed 4-panel door behind a contemporary gabled and tile-roofed porch. The roof is
gable-ended to right and hipped to left. The rear elevation has a 2:1:1: front of
C19 and d20 casements, most again with C20 lattice patterns of leading and some with
glazing bars. The ends of all 3 roofs are hipped. On the right end of the front
the conservatory is glass-walled with curving hipped roof. The C20 extension has a
2-window front also of leaded glass. The first floor windows are half dormers with
the roof lifted over. The roof here is gable-ended.
Interior appears to have the C18 structure basically intact with joinery detail from
the C19 modernisation. The right room has a crossbeam with a broad soffit chamfer
and no stops and a stone rubble fireplace with a roughly-finished oak lintel making
a segmental arch. The left room has a 3-bay ceiling and the crossbeams are soffit-
chamfered with runout stops. The framed crosswall between front and back rooms is
here exposed. Both left end fireplaces are blocked by later grates. Roof not
From each rear corner relatively high garden walls made up of the local large river
cobbles extend north-westwards returning to meet and enclose the rear garden.

Listing NGR: SY0798889528

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