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The Old Mill Including Studio Adjoining the South West

A Grade II Listed Building in Down St. Mary, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8256 / 50°49'32"N

Longitude: -3.8024 / 3°48'8"W

OS Eastings: 273150

OS Northings: 104446

OS Grid: SS731044

Mapcode National: GBR L2.XBK2

Mapcode Global: FRA 26XX.JG8

Plus Code: 9C2RR5GX+72

Entry Name: The Old Mill Including Studio Adjoining the South West

Listing Date: 20 November 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1242545

English Heritage Legacy ID: 441979

Location: Down St. Mary, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Down St. Mary

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Down St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Tagged with: Thatched cottage Mill building

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SS 70 SW
2/152 The Old Mill including studio
- adjoining the south-west

- II

House, former farmhouse and probably mill house. Probably early C16 with late C16
and C17 mprovements, modernised circa 1970. Plastered cob on rubble footings;
stone rubble stacks with 2 stone and 1 C20 brick chimney shafts; thatch roof.
3-room plan house facing south-east derived from original 3-room-and-through-
passage plan house with service end at right (north-eastern) end. Rear passage
doorway now blocked and lower passage screen removed. End stacks to former
service and inner rooms, the latter projecting, and axial hall stack backing onto
former passage. 2 storeys.
Irregular 4-window front comprising a variety of C19 and C20 casements with
glazing bars. First floor window right of centre has 1 light of leaded glass and
all upper windows have thatch eyebrows over. Passage door right of centre and
secondary door at left end now contains circa 1970 glazed doors. Roof is gable-
ended to left and hipped to right. Left (inner) room has a plastered shaft,
probably stone, and hall chimney shaft is original C17 of squared stone blocks
with shaped coping. Left end has inserted C20 windows and rear wall is now blind
at ground floor level.
Interior: the oldest structure is the roof but the roofspace is inaccessible and
most of the trusses are boxed into later partitions. Nevertheless what little
that can be seen suggests that the roof structure is wholly C16. The only exposed
truss is that over the inner room which is probably early C16, a jointed cruck
held together only by a pegged buried slip tenon. Elsewhere the purlins show and
those over the hall bay are chamfered with step stops, probably mid C16. Smoke-
blackening from original open heath fire is strongly suspected. Ground floor
rooms have late C16 and C17 features. Former inner room has a soffit-chamfered
and late step stopped crossbeam. The fireplace is blocked. The hall has a late
Cl6-early C17 crossbeam, broad soffit chamfer with step stops. Probably C17
rubble fireplace with oak lintel resting on oak pads and soffit roughly chamfered.
Oven doorway in rear. Oven projection would have blocked the putative passage.
Service end has probably C18 crossbeam with roughly-chamfered soffit. Fireplace
here is blocked.
Set back from front and adjoining south-west (inner room) end is a former shippon
with hayloft,now converted to studio/office. Built of rubble with slate roof
with 1-window front of C20 casements and C20 door at left end it is included in
the listing for group value.
Shown as South Yeo Mill on O.S map.

Listing NGR: SS7315004446

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