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Lower Birbrook Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Tawstock, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0132 / 51°0'47"N

Longitude: -4.0303 / 4°1'48"W

OS Eastings: 257675

OS Northings: 125716

OS Grid: SS576257

Mapcode National: GBR KS.JDTN

Mapcode Global: FRA 26FF.RPC

Entry Name: Lower Birbrook Farmhouse

Listing Date: 25 February 1965

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1261683

English Heritage Legacy ID: 436875

Location: Tawstock, North Devon, Devon, EX37

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Tawstock

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Tawstock St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

TAWSTOCK
SS 52 NE
4/56
- Lower Birbrook Farmhouse
25.2.65 II
Farmhouse. Late C15 or early C16 with late C16 remodelling. Rendered stone and
cob. Asbestos slate roof with gable ends. Rendered stack at left end and tall
front lateral hall stack with offsets and tapered cap, heightened in brick.
3 room and through-passage, former open hall house with stair turret enclosed in C19
rear outshuts with tiled roofs.
2 storeys. 3 window range. C19/C20 fenestration. 2 light casement 2 panes per
light on each floor to left of porch with slated pentice roof butting into stack
with 4 panelled door, the upper ends glazed. 2 light casement 6 panes per light
over hall casement of 3 lights 2 panes per light. Upper end which is recessed
slightly has 2 light casements on each floor, 2 panes per light above, 6 panes per
light below.
Interior Axial chamfered ceiling beams to inner room and hall, the latter with
hollow step stops. Jowled heads to the jambs to the hall/inner room doorway, the
arched lintel having been removed. Creamery niche with small cupboard to right
above integral bench which runs round into the front window recess. C19 slate dairy
fittings intact to rear outshut. Chamfered door surround with scroll stops to stair
turret. Original dog leg staircase with wide treads and stair rail with moulded
handrail, splat balusters with bar stops to the tops of arris arns and chamfered
scroll-stopped newels. Said to be three moulded plasterers marks to chamber over
lower end partition wall. Roof structure over lower end replaced in C20. Over the
hall is a jointed cruck truss with steeply cranked morticed and tenoned collar with
threaded purlins and ridge purlin. Closed lath and plaster partition to lower end
of hall. The hall/inner room partition also rises as a full height partition to a
closed truss with principals of much lighter scantling lapped to form and X apex
with a thin morticed and tenoned collar. The timbers over the hall and inner room
are all heavily smoke-blackened and it seems probable that the house was formerly
open to the roof from end to end, with a phased insertion of floors, the higher
floor level to the chamber over the hall suggesting the latter was the last to be
ceiled.


Listing NGR: SS5767525716

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

Description

TAWSTOCK
SS 52 NE
4/56
- Lower Birbrook Farmhouse
25.2.65 II
Farmhouse. Late C15 or early C16 with late C16 remodelling. Rendered stone and
cob. Asbestos slate roof with gable ends. Rendered stack at left end and tall
front lateral hall stack with offsets and tapered cap, heightened in brick.
3 room and through-passage, former open hall house with stair turret enclosed in C19
rear outshuts with tiled roofs.
2 storeys. 3 window range. C19/C20 fenestration. 2 light casement 2 panes per
light on each floor to left of porch with slated pentice roof butting into stack
with 4 panelled door, the upper ends glazed. 2 light casement 6 panes per light
over hall casement of 3 lights 2 panes per light. Upper end which is recessed
slightly has 2 light casements on each floor, 2 panes per light above, 6 panes per
light below.
Interior Axial chamfered ceiling beams to inner room and hall, the latter with
hollow step stops. Jowled heads to the jambs to the hall/inner room doorway, the
arched lintel having been removed. Creamery niche with small cupboard to right
above integral bench which runs round into the front window recess. C19 slate dairy
fittings intact to rear outshut. Chamfered door surround with scroll stops to stair
turret. Original dog leg staircase with wide treads and stair rail with moulded
handrail, splat balusters with bar stops to the tops of arris arns and chamfered
scroll-stopped newels. Said to be three moulded plasterers marks to chamber over
lower end partition wall. Roof structure over lower end replaced in C20. Over the
hall is a jointed cruck truss with steeply cranked morticed and tenoned collar with
threaded purlins and ridge purlin. Closed lath and plaster partition to lower end
of hall. The hall/inner room partition also rises as a full height partition to a
closed truss with principals of much lighter scantling lapped to form and X apex
with a thin morticed and tenoned collar. The timbers over the hall and inner room
are all heavily smoke-blackened and it seems probable that the house was formerly
open to the roof from end to end, with a phased insertion of floors, the higher
floor level to the chamber over the hall suggesting the latter was the last to be
ceiled.


Listing NGR: SS5767525716

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