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Higher Venton Farmhouse Including the Garden Wall in Front of the House

A Grade II Listed Building in Widecombe in the Moor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.5704 / 50°34'13"N

Longitude: -3.8066 / 3°48'23"W

OS Eastings: 272162

OS Northings: 76069

OS Grid: SX721760

Mapcode National: GBR QD.CKTQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 27XK.GTD

Entry Name: Higher Venton Farmhouse Including the Garden Wall in Front of the House

Listing Date: 23 August 1955

Last Amended: 3 November 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1259978

English Heritage Legacy ID: 441964

Location: Widecombe in the Moor, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

Civil Parish: Widecombe in the Moor

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Widecombe-in-the-Moor St Pancras

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

2/256 Higher Venton Farmhouse
23.8.55 including the garden wall in
front of the house (formerly listed
GV as Venton)
Farmhouse, formerly a long house. C16 or earlier; porch added 1739, north-west
wing in 1904. Granite rubble; front wall covered with roughcast. Thatched roof,
hipped on left; entrance-porch tiled, lean-to in front of former shippon covered
with corrugated iron. Old rendered ohimneystackon ridge behind entrance-porch and
another towards right-hand end. Later granite stack on right gable. Plan has 3
domestic rooms to right of through-passage, the right-hand 2 and the 1904 wing now
in separate occupation. Former shippon to left of passage has been converted to a
kitchen since at least 1948; the far end is still occupied by calves. Entrance-
porch has dairy built into right-hand side. 2 storeys; lean-to single-storeyed.
House-part is 4 windows wide. C19 casements with glazing-bars, except for right-
hand ground-storey window which is late C16 or C17; it is of 3 lights with hollow-
moulded granite mullions. Immediately to the left of it is a chamfered granite
doorway with an almost rounded arch. Above doorway is a metal sundial. Entrance-
porch has doorway to left with a rounded granite head made from a single piece of
stone; on it is carved the date 1739 and 2 illegible initials. Inside the porch to
right is a stone seat; to left is a round archway leading into the lean-to, this
being flanked by 2 more stone seats. Doorway to house has chamfered, straight-
headed wood frame; C16 or C17 plank door with moulded ribs and wrought-iron strap-
hinges. Shippon has a ventilation slit, now covered by the lean-to, and another one
in the rear wall. Gable-wall of shippon has a flight of granite steps leading to
the loft door; drain outlet runs under it. There seems to be a blocked ventilation
slit to left of the steps. The garden wall in front of the house is of massive,
mostly unmortared granite boulders.
Interior: Former hall has fireplace, probably of C16, backing on to passage;
chamfered granite jambs and lintel. Chamfered upper-floor beam with unusual,
deeply-cut step-stop. Upper floor and right-hand end of house not inspected, but
pre-1904 part of the latter is reported by the owner to have 2 stone staircases.
Roof over shippon end has plain principal rafters with collars pegged to their
faces. No common rafters.
Source: information from the present owner, who says the 1904 wing was built by his

Listing NGR: SX7216276069

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

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