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South West, South East and North East Ranges of Buildings to Lower Yard to Middle Blagdon Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Blatchcombe, Torbay

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Latitude: 50.4377 / 50°26'15"N

Longitude: -3.6102 / 3°36'36"W

OS Eastings: 285751

OS Northings: 60997

OS Grid: SX857609

Mapcode National: GBR QR.CVJ2

Mapcode Global: FRA 37BW.TLC

Plus Code: 9C2RC9QQ+3W

Entry Name: South West, South East and North East Ranges of Buildings to Lower Yard to Middle Blagdon Farmhouse

Listing Date: 10 January 1975

Last Amended: 25 October 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1207438

English Heritage Legacy ID: 383763

Location: Collaton St. Mary, Torbay, TQ3

County: Torbay

Electoral Ward/Division: Blatchcombe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Collaton St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Tagged with: Agricultural structure

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1947-1/2/160 (North East side)
10/01/75 SW, SE and NE ranges of buildings to
lower yard at Middle Blagdon
(Formerly Listed as:
Cattle sheds & biers to NE of
Blagdon House)


Yard of farmbuildings on 3 sides of lower yard at Middle
Blagdon Farm. c1870s.
MATERIALS: Local stone rubble with some local red breccia and
red brick dressings; turnerised slate roofs.
PLAN: Part of a planned double courtyard of farmbuildings to
rear of Middle Blagdon Farmhouse (qv). The lower yard was a
cattle yard with steps down from a lane dividing it from the
higher yard and access to the fields on the N side. The SW
range backs onto the dividing lane, with first-floor access
from the lane. The steep flight of steps down in the centre is
flanked by buildings. The NE range consists of a lofted
shippon with a massive hay store on the NE (field) side and a
horse engine house. Steps on the NE side at the S end lead up
to the rear of the SE range. On the yard side of this range
open-fronted shelter sheds face the yard. The rear of this
range consists of a cartshed flanked by gabled blocks.
EXTERIOR: The buildings mostly have double platbands below the
eaves. The NE range has 8 segmental-headed doorways (one
blocked) with red brick arches and red breccia jambs on the
yard side, with original doors of vertical slats. 3
segmental-headed loft doors with brick arches. The left return
has a loft doorway and segmental-headed window below.
The rear elevation has 2 doorways and a loft door which opens
into the tall, 5-sided hay store which has a torched slate
Further S a horse-engine house with canted end is attached to
the rear of the range; red breccia stone steps at S end lead
up to the loft level of the SE range.
The SE range has a 4-bay shelter shed facing the yard, with
wide segmental-headed brick arches on stone piers. On the
upper side, it consists of a 3-bay cartshed with stone piers
between 2 gabled blocks. The right-hand block has a double
door and a gabled left return with brick bulls-eye windows
above the cartshed roof. The left-hand block has a tall
round-headed brick doorway.
On the yard side the SW range has a flight of steep red
breccia steps up to lane between the yards. These are flanked
by small blocks with a single doorway each on the yard side
and lean-to roofs, with small openings, 2 each, on the lane
side. The outer blocks are taller with gabled roofs, the
left-hand has a segmental-headed doorway in the centre flanked
by small windows.
The rear elevation, from the lane, has 3 doorways at loft
level. The right-hand block has a segmental-headed doorway on
the yard side and 2 doorways at loft level from the lane.
INTERIOR: Only partially inspected but good quality carpentry
survives. The shelter shed range has scissor bracing to the
joists, the cartshed above has a remarkably elaborate trussed
roof with diagonal bracing augmented with iron ties. Some of
the buildings retain feeding troughs etc
A rare example in Devon of a large-scale split-level Victorian
farmyard, still in agricultural use, and relatively unaltered.
HISTORY: The farmyard at Middle Blagdon Farm served 220 acres.

Listing NGR: SX8575160997

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