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Latitude: 50.5677 / 50°34'3"N
Longitude: -3.8133 / 3°48'48"W
OS Eastings: 271675
OS Northings: 75782
OS Grid: SX716757
Mapcode National: GBR QD.CQ3M
Mapcode Global: FRA 27XK.L6V
Entry Name: Dunstone Manor
Listing Date: 3 November 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1241688
English Heritage Legacy ID: 440860
Location: Widecombe in the Moor, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13
Civil Parish: Widecombe in the Moor
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Widecombe-in-the-Moor St Pancras
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 77 NW THE-MOOR
2/162 Dunstone Manor
Formerly known as Dunstone Court.
House, formerly a longhouse. Late medieval with minor additions, probably of C18
and C19. Granite rubble, covered with roughcast on south side. Asbestos-slated
roof. On ridge, off-centre to east, a large rendered chimneystack with thatch
weatherings (heating former hall); shaft rebuilt C20. Another rendered stack, also
old and with stone weatherings, on upper (east) gable. C20 rendered stacks on west
gable and in centre of south wall. 3-room and through-passage plan with hall stack
backing on to passage; unusually large inner room with early fireplace. Former
shippon, to west of passage, converted into 2 rooms; passage enlarged on this side
to insert staircase. Added wing at right-angles to north side of inner room. 2
storeys, although the whole main range must have been single-storeyed originally.
5-window south front, facing garden; all windows C20. The front wall of hall and
inner room breaks forward slightly and there is a further gabled projection (added
perhaps in C18) in front of the hall. The ground-storey window of this projection
has a chamfered granite dripstone above it. To right there is a similar dripstone
over the inner-room window (possibly a former doorway) and, overlapping it to right,
a further dripstone, probably relating to a blocked window. North front has a
complete set of C20 plastic windows. Door to through-passage has a lean-to stone
porch. West gable (of former shippon) is known to have had a ventilation slit in
upper storey, now replaced by a window.
Interior: through-passage is cobbled. Rear of hall stack is of painted granite
ashlar with a worn chamfered plinth. Old plank door into hall. Latter has large
fireplace with chamfered granite lintel and monolithic right jamb, on top of which
is a rounded granite corbel with a very slight projection. Left jamb rebuilt; in
this side is an old bread oven with round-arched granite opening having a shallow
granite shelf in front. At the back of the fireplace, on the right-hand side, is a
smaller oven, known within living memory as the cake oven; it has a stone opening
with slightly curved top. Upper floor beams are chamfered, one of them having an
unusually deep and angled scroll-stop; chamfered joists, some with step-stops, some
with straight-cut stops. At upper end is a stud-and-panel screen (the only one
known in Widecombe Parish); the studs are very lightly chamfered, the chamfer
fading away without a stop at the bottom. At the left-hand end, apparently of a
different build, is a straight-headed, chamfered doorway, the left jamb with a
diagonal-cut stop. At the right-hand end, where the wall has been cut away to
insert the bay, is one end of an old wooden bench which may originally have extended
in front of the screen. The inner room has no upper-floor beam, but simply plain
joists running lengthways. Gable-fireplace (blocked) is large with a wood lintel
and monolithic granite right jamb. The north wall adjacent to the wing has been
removed and replaced with a straight flight of stairs, of which the 3 lowest steps
are of granite; old plank doors top and bottom, with wrought-iron strap-hinges
having spade-terminals. There is a similar door between the rooms over hall and
inner room. The latter has a small gable-fireplace with rounded back and plain wood
lintel. The roof has 3 smoke-blackened medieval trusses with through-purlins and
ridge, and cambered collars; many of the common rafters survive. There is a tie-
beam truss over the hall and 2 open trusses to the west, one built into the hall
stack and the other over the former shippon; the feet of the last 2 are concealed.
The tie-beam truss presents a problem of interpretation. It is infilled with cob
and stone above the collar, and always appears to have been so; the underside is
sooted at the apex, but this may be the result of the cob shrinking and letting in
the smoke. The infill, however, appears to be blackened on the hall side only,
although the truss itself and the timbers over the inner room are plainly sooted.
The truss over the shippon was not inspected, but was examined in 1974. The old
roof timbers are now protected by a secondary C20 roof. The lower end of the house,
which has no visible features, was in non-domestic use and known as the shippon
within living memory.
Sources: information from the present owners, Mr and Mrs Brown, and from Miss E
Gawne, 1974, report by M Laithwaite.
Listing NGR: SX7167575782
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