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Bremridge Farmhouse Including Two Adjoining Cob Garden Walls to South West

A Grade II* Listed Building in Sandford, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8254 / 50°49'31"N

Longitude: -3.6426 / 3°38'33"W

OS Eastings: 284405

OS Northings: 104155

OS Grid: SS844041

Mapcode National: GBR L9.X91T

Mapcode Global: FRA 368X.DR4

Plus Code: 9C2RR9G4+4X

Entry Name: Bremridge Farmhouse Including Two Adjoining Cob Garden Walls to South West

Listing Date: 26 August 1965

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1258512

English Heritage Legacy ID: 445103

Location: Sandford, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Sandford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Sandford St Swithin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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3/171 Bremridge Farmhouse including
26.8.65 two adjoining cob garden walls to


Farmhouse. Early-mid C16 with major C16 and C17 improvements, modernised in early
C19. Plastered cob on rubble footings volcanic stone and brick stacks; slate roof
(formerly thatch). 3-room-and-through-passage house facing south-west with inner
room at right (south-east) end. Projecting end stacks to service and inner rooms
and lateral stack projecting to front of hall. C17 stair block to rear of hall.
Rear outshots with lean-to roofs continuing pitch of main roof. Rear passage door
blocked in C20. Now 2 storeys. 4-window front of irregularly disposed C20
casements of various sizes. To left of centre is early C19 6-panel passage door
with top pair glazed and reverse diagonal planking, panelled reveals and early C19
flat hood with panelled underside and shaped consoles. Hall stack apparently has
original late C16-early C17 stone chimney shaft (now plastered and surmounted by
C19 brick).
Good interior. South-eastern four of original 6-bay roof survive indicating an
original part-floored house. Inner room and first floor chamber from beginning and
original full height partition at upper end of hall survives intact comprising an
oak plank-and-muntin screen with chamfered muntins which are roll-stopped high
enough to accommodate an upper-end bench. There is a hollow-chamfered frieze along
the headbeam of screen and large framing above filling truss. Screen has isolated
traces of ancient colour, C16 yellow and black paint. Roof is clean over inner
room chamber but smoke-blackened over hall and passage indicating that the original
house was heated by open hearth fire. The open trusses north-westwards of inner
room partition are side-pegged jointed crucks with chamfered arch-bracing and
carved bosses at apex (similar to those at nearby Prowse q.v); they carry three
sets of chamfered butt purlins and ridge with single sets of windbraces. In late
C16-early C17 service end was floored and chamber over passage has internal jetty
to hall with the bressumer chamfered with step stops carrying a low oak plank-and-
muntin screen with plastered infill above closing the truss. The plaster face
towards hall is clean suggesting that the hall fireplace was inserted at same time
- a large volcanic stone fireplace with small side-light to right, oak lintel and
chamfered surround. In early-mid C17 hall floored with richly-moulded and scroll-
stopped cross beam and stair block added to rear. Oak door frame from hall to
stairs has ovolo-moulded surround with urn stops and contains original 6-panel
studded, oak, plank door with applied broad bead-moulded rails and muntins. Stair
replaced in C19. Inner room has small late C17 moulded plaster bolection rib oval
on ceiling and blocked C18 or C19 brick fireplace. Service end rebuilt in C19 with
new roof, passage screen and fireplace with applied chimney piece with Tuscan
pilasters and dentil cornice under mantleshelf. From each end of frontage
plastered cob walls on rubble footings with pitched pantile roofs extend forward
(south-westwards) along sides of front garden, that to left (north-east) returning
around kitchen garden. Well-preserved and important farmhouse.
Bremridge family are recorded in 1200 and William Benelrig was occupant in 1330
(Place Names of Devon).

Listing NGR: SS8440504155

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