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Thorne Farmhouse, Including Cob Walls Adjoining to South and East

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

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Latitude: 50.8283 / 50°49'41"N

Longitude: -3.7907 / 3°47'26"W

OS Eastings: 273977

OS Northings: 104721

OS Grid: SS739047

Mapcode National: GBR L3.X1J3

Mapcode Global: FRA 26YX.311

Plus Code: 9C2RR6H5+8P

Entry Name: Thorne Farmhouse, Including Cob Walls Adjoining to South and East

Listing Date: 20 November 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1242546

English Heritage Legacy ID: 441980

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

County: 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

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SS 70 SW
- Thorne Farmhouse, including
cob walls adjoining to south and

- II

Farmhouse. Mid-late C17, C18 extension, refurbished in mid C19. Plastered cob on
rubble footings; stone rubble or cob stacks topped with C20 brick; thatch roof.
Original house has unusual 3-room plan facing south, comprising central unheated
entrance hall with new C20 stairs with parlour to right and kitchen to left. End
stacks. Rear outshots may be original. C18 1-room extension on left (west) end
with C20 rear lateral stack. 2 storeys.
Regular but not symmetrical 4-window front to main block comprising mainly C19
casements with glazing bars and including a 24-pane sash ground floor right end.
Roughly central main door now contains C20 French windows and at left end
secondary doorway with C19 part-glazed 4-panel door. Both doorways have C19 low
pitch gabled porches with wrought iron frames including restrained scroll work
embellishment. The main porch is slightly more ornate than the secondary porch.
Extension to left on lower level has 1-window front including a first floor
horizontal sliding sash with glazing bars and a C20 door. Roof is gable-ended to
right. The eaves and ridge drop in level from main house to extension where roof
has half-hipped end.
Interior of main block shows mostly mid-late C17 and C18 features where exposed.
Both kitchen and central entrance hall have soffit-chamfered and scroll stopped
crossbeams. Kitchen has fireplace blocked by C19 chimney piece and grate, and 3
early cupboards, a C17 cupboard to right of fireplace with panelled door on
butterfly hinges, a large C18 cupboard with fielded panel doors on H-hinges in
rear wall and a smaller C18 version in cob crosswall. Another C18 cupboard in
front wall of entrance lobby. Parlour refurbished in C19 hiding all early
features. C20 chimney piece and C19 dado and tall round-headed cupboard with
panelled doors. Roof inaccessible but feet of principals suggest survival of
original A-frame trusses. Extension has roughly-finished crossbeam, waney in
places, and C18 A-frame roof truss with pegged lap-jointed collar and X-apex.
Shown as North Thorne on OS map.

Listing NGR: SS7397704721

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