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Lower Holsome Including Front Garden Area Wall, Gate Piers and Mounting Block

A Grade II Listed Building in Diptford, Devon

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Latitude: 50.389 / 50°23'20"N

Longitude: -3.7835 / 3°47'0"W

OS Eastings: 273313

OS Northings: 55870

OS Grid: SX733558

Mapcode National: GBR QF.XZQZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 28Y0.RTL

Plus Code: 9C2R96Q8+JJ

Entry Name: Lower Holsome Including Front Garden Area Wall, Gate Piers and Mounting Block

Listing Date: 26 April 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1211289

English Heritage Legacy ID: 101138

ID on this website: 101211289

Location: Bickham, South Hams, Devon, TQ9

County: Devon

District: South Hams

Civil Parish: Diptford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Diptford St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Lower Holsome including
4/223 front garden area wall,
gate-piers and mounting


Farmhouse. Probably mid C17, refashioned in early C19 and with mid C20
interior alterations. Slate rubble, with slate hung front. Slate roof
with hipped end to right and gabled at left end, and with gabled-ended rear
wings. Rendered chimney stacks 2 at the rear of the front range at the
junction with the rear wings and a gable end stack at the rear of the right
hand wing.
Plan: Appears to be a one-build house of the mid C17, although there may
be earlier fabric. The front range is of 2-room plan, the larger left hand
room might have been the best parlour and the right hand room a smaller
parlour with an entrance passage between the 2 rooms. The passage leads to
the stairwell at the back. Behind the left hand room a dairy in a 2 storey
wing, and behind the right hand room another 2 storey larger wing
containing the kitchen with a gable end fireplace. The 2 front rooms are
heated from rear fireplaces in stacks at the junction with the rear wings.
In the early C19 the front of the house was refenestrated and there may
have been some internal refashioning at that time as well, but in the mid
C20 the interior was stripped of its earlier joinery including the
staircase and most of the C17 work that survives is covered up. The house
at the left end is built into the back and the ground at the right end
falls away.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Almost symmetrical 4-window front. Circa early C19
16-pane sashed with granite cills, the first floor right hand sash replaced
with facsimile in C20. Doorway to right of centre with circa early C19
flush panel door, the top 4 panels glazed and flat canopy on large shaped
brackets with braces.
The right hand side of the right hand rear wing has a section of string
course; some blocked window openings, 2 C20 casements and one late C19
casement and a lean-to outshut on the rear right hand corner. The inner
face of the right hand wing has external steps up to a probably C19 loft
doorway with a gabled head. The left hand rear wing has only one small
ground floor window on the outer side and a circa late C19 3-light casement
on the ground and first floor of gable end, the ground floor window having
slate weathering above. The inner face of the left hand wing has a small
raking buttress. Between the two wings a C20 stair window.
Interior: the interior is largely refurbished but the plan is intact and
the following features survive. A fireplace in the right hand room has a
wooden lintel with ovolo moulding and hollow steps and dressed slate jambs.
Chamfered wooden doorframe into the dairy with true mitres. 2 ovolo
moulded oak doorframes in the barn came from the blocked doorway to right
of passage. Only the ground storey was inspected.
The Roof: structure is said to have been replaced except for some of the
principal rafters.
Including the front garden area wall with gate-piers and mounting block.
Slate rubble wall with rounded corners and slate coping. Tall square-on-
plan gate-piers with slate caps opposite the front doorway. To the right
inside the gateway a mounting block with slate steps.

Listing NGR: SX7331355870

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