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Penstone Barton Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Colebrooke, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7887 / 50°47'19"N

Longitude: -3.7372 / 3°44'13"W

OS Eastings: 277644

OS Northings: 100233

OS Grid: SS776002

Mapcode National: GBR L5.ZP1D

Mapcode Global: FRA 3710.CVV

Entry Name: Penstone Barton Farmhouse

Listing Date: 26 August 1965

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1259972

English Heritage Legacy ID: 441941

Location: Colebrooke, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Colebrooke

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Colebrooke

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

SS 70 SE
3/145 Penstone Barton Farmhouse


Large farmhouse. Probably C16 with major C17, early C18 and C19 improvements and
extensions. Plastered cob on rubble footings; stone rubble and cob stacks topped
with C19 and C20 brick; thatch roof. Courtyard plan. Main block facing south-east
has a 3-room-and-through-passage plan with inner room at right (north-eastern) end.
Inner room has projecting end stack and hall and service end rooms have rear
lateral stacks. Axial stack over upper end of passage serves first floor chambers
only. C19 main stair now in passage and early C18 stair in a turret projecting to
rear of upper end of hall. Rear service blocks at right angles at each end and C17
cider store with former accommodation above encloses rear of courtyard. Inner room
end near block has end cob stack. 2 storeys.
Asymetrical but regular 6-window front. Front passage door left of centre has C19
4-panel door with panelled reveals and soffit-panelled flat hood on shaped brackets
(now with corrugated iron roof). Secondary C20 door to inner room right of centre
behind contemporary monopitch roofed porch. Hall and inner room have 16-pane
sashes. Service room and first floor chambers have C19 casements with glazing
bars. Exposed cob stack projecting from inner room. Service end rear block has
late C19 and C20 casements mostly with glazing bars and roof is hipped to rear.
The rear storage block has a first floor C17 oak 3-light window with chamfered
mullions and roof of this block is gable-ended.
Interior of main block shows work of several periods. All main crosswalls are cob.
Passage includes C19 geometric stair with open string, mahogany handrail, turned
newels and hockey stick balusters. In service end room fireplace is blocked but
early C17 crossbeam is soffit-chamfered with late step stops and same finish given
contemporary oak doorframe to passage. In hall the ceiling has most unusual
ornamental plasterwork, a wedding commemoration dated 1737. Relatively crudely
executed with narrow plain hand-run ribs, a large heart: motif with a stylistic
floral surround contains 5 letters and the date, all done to be read properly from
a mirror. The fireplace is blocked. At the upper end an early C17 oak doorframe
with ovolo-moulded and scroll-stopped surround leads to the inner room. The stair
turret to rear contains a good early C18 (possibly 1737) dogleg stair with crudely
closed string and turned balusters. Cupboard under stairs has contemporary 2-panel
door. Roof is inaccessible but small section of truss feet exposed over hall could
be C16 arch brace or slender C18 principal. Many old features are probably hidden
behind later plaster. House has had surprisingly little modernisation since C19.

Listing NGR: SS7764400233

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

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