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Ley Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Widecombe in the Moor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6002 / 50°36'0"N

Longitude: -3.8056 / 3°48'20"W

OS Eastings: 272312

OS Northings: 79389

OS Grid: SX723793

Mapcode National: GBR QF.HD4C

Mapcode Global: FRA 27XH.370

Entry Name: Ley Farmhouse

Listing Date: 3 November 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1241844

English Heritage Legacy ID: 441082

Location: Widecombe in the Moor, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

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

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Listing Text

2/182 Ley Farmhouse

- II*

Longhouse. C16 or earlier; the house part rebuilt in late C17 or early C18.
Granite rubble. House part thatched; shippon, which has a lower roof-line, part-
slated, part-covered with corrugated iron. Large stone chimneystack (heating former
hall) on right-hand gable of house part; plain, projecting course of stones just
below the top, forming a cap. 3-room and through-passage plan with hall and inner
room to left, shippon to right. The shippon is unusual for Dartmoor in not having a
stone wall dividing it from the passage, but simply a rough stud partition boarded
on the passage side; there is a separate external door to the shippon, but this may
be a C19 insertion. 2 storeys; shippon with loft originally, of which part remains.
Single-storey addition at right-hand end. House part is 2 windows wide, all windows
having 2-light C19 wood casements with 3 panes per light. Small doorway at left-
hand end of ground storey. Both this and the 2 ground-storey windows have
projecting granite lintels, chamfered on top to throw off rainwater. Stone
entrance-porch with slated pent roof abutting junction of house and shippon; stone
seat in left side. Front wall of shippon is set back a little. The door directly
into shippon, immediately right of porch, has a re-used granite gatepost for a
lintel. Above porch is a loading doorway with plank door having old wrought-iron
strap-hinges. At right angles to the right-hand end of shippon is a stone building,
possibly a pigsty, with pent roof covered with corrugated iron. There have never
been ventilation slits on this side of the shippon, but there are 2 in the rear wall
and 3 in the gable wall. The lower part of the rear wall projects at a different
angle from the rest of the building, suggesting that the shippon has been partly
rebuilt and also heightened. Loft door with old wrought-iron strap hinges at left-
hand end.
Interior: former hall has fireplace, possibly of C16, with hollow-moulded granite
jambs and lintel; blocked oven at left side having a shallow granite shelf in front.
Rounded recess to left of fireplace may have contained a staircase; it is lit by a
small window in rear wall. Chamfered upper floor beams without stops. Roof has
simple trusses with collars pegged to the faces of the principal rafters; no common
rafters, just heavy thatching spars. The back of hall fireplace towards passage is
without architectural features. Shippon has well-made central drain of granite
blocks; on each side is a line of stone defining a feeding trough, these having
holes on top for tethering posts. Plain, heavy loft beams. C20 roof timbers.

Listing NGR: SX7231279389

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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