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South Yeo Farmhouse and Cottage

A Grade II* Listed Building in Poughill, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8649 / 50°51'53"N

Longitude: -3.614 / 3°36'50"W

OS Eastings: 286513

OS Northings: 108504

OS Grid: SS865085

Mapcode National: GBR LB.TXYZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 369T.CVZ

Plus Code: 9C2RV97P+XC

Entry Name: South Yeo Farmhouse and Cottage

Listing Date: 4 November 1985

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1250718

English Heritage Legacy ID: 433174

Location: Poughill, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Poughill

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Poughill St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 80 NE
7/205 South Yeo Farmhouse and
- Cottage
- II*

Farmhouse. Early C16 with major later C16 and C17 improvements, an early C20
extension. Plastered cob on rubble footings; rubble stacks with plastered brick
chimney shafts; asbestos slate roof. Originally a 3-room-and-through-passage plan
house built down the slope facing south with service room on lower right-hand
(east) end. Early C17 1-room extension to inner room with early C20 wing
projecting forward from extension. Lower end parlour has projecting end stack;
hall has projecting rear lateral stack and stair turret projecting from front;
small unheated inner room dairy; and front lateral stack to extension, now set
between main range and wing. Now 2 storeys throughout. Irregular 3-window front.
C20 bay extension to hall and C20 glass-roofed conservatory in front of inner room.
2 first floor windows to left of stair turret and windows at right end have late
C17-early C18 frames. All are 3-light flat-faced mullion windows with shallow
internal chamfers on first floor and shallow ogee-mouldings on ground floor right.
They include iron casements and rectangular panes of thin leaded glass and ground
floor right has iron stanchions. Stair turret has small C17 oak 2-light window
with chamfered mullion. Passage door to right of stair turret has C20 slate roofed
porch. North (rear) elevation has irregular and varied fenestration including a 3-
light late C17-early C18 flat-faced mullion window with leaded glass similar to
those on front, and inner room window right of centre is an early C17 oak 3-light
window with ovolo-moulded mullions with vertical iron bars and rectangular panes of
leaded glass. Passage door left of stack has C20 gabled and slate-roofed porch
with trellis sides and another door at right end to extension with slate-roofed
Good interior of a house with a long and complex structural history. The oldest
part is the early C16 2-bay roof over the hall carried on side-pegged jointed cruck
trusses with evidence of single sets of windbraces, one of which survives on rear
side. This section of roof is heavily smoke-blackened from open hearth fire.
Passage end of hall has C16 oak plank-and-muntin screen, chamfered both sides with
step stops. It carries the passage chamber which jetties into hall. Lower end
parlour has remains of late C16-early C17 fireplace built of volcanic ashlar with
ogee-moulded jambs and roll stops but lintel replaced in mid C17 refurbishment of
this end. Oak lintel is chamfered with scroll stops, and similar finish to end
beam and oak plank-and-muntin screen to passage. Mid C17 fireplace to first floor
and contemporary roof - an A-frame truss with pegged lap-jointed collar and
dovetail halving. Another mid C17 oak plank-and-muntin screen at upper end of
hall, the scroll stops here high enough for a bench. Hall floored about same time
with moulded axial and 2 half-beams all with chamfer step stops. Large hall
fireplace blocked by superior mid C19 chimney piece and cast-iron grate. Cupboard
to right exposes end of lintel which is chamfered with straight cut stops
suggesting C17 fireplace intact. Inner room has early-mid C17 chamfered and
scroll-stopped axial beam. At that time corridor built along back of inner room
connecting hall to extension suggesting its use as dairy or store. Doorframes from
corridor to room and from corridor to extension are scroll-stopped. Extension has
early-mid C17 features including 2 chamfered crossbeams with unusual stepped
lozenge stops, and winder stair in front wall with crank-headed oak door frame to
ground floor and low segmental headed doorframe to first floor. Fireplace is
blocked and roof apparently replaced in late C17 or C18.
An exceptionally well-preserved example of a typical multi-phase Devon farmhouse.

Listing NGR: SS8651308504

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