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Rowes Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Colebrooke, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7868 / 50°47'12"N

Longitude: -3.7456 / 3°44'44"W

OS Eastings: 277046

OS Northings: 100034

OS Grid: SS770000

Mapcode National: GBR L5.ZLYH

Mapcode Global: FRA 3710.GKT

Plus Code: 9C2RQ7P3+PQ

Entry Name: Rowes Farmhouse

Listing Date: 20 November 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1262117

English Heritage Legacy ID: 435810

Location: Colebrooke, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17

County: 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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Rowes Farmhouse

House, former Church House. Early C17, refurbished and enlarged in mid C19.
Plastered cob on exposed rubble footings, stone rubble stacks topped with C19 and
C20 brick.
Main block has 3-room plan facing south. There was not it seems a through or cross
passage. There was a tiny inner room at left (west) end and a central hall with
front lateral stack. Both these have now been knocked together. At the right
(east) end is a parlour with now-disused projecting end stack. To the rear of hall
and parlour is a stair block built at right angles, and to rear of hall and inner
room is C19 service wing also built at right angles to main house. 2 storeys.
3-window front of C20 casements with glazing bars makes an attempt at symmetry.
Ground floor right window is a C20 curving bay window. Other windows have exposed
oak lintels. Roughly central door with side light is also C20 with large
contemporary porch with hipped thatch-roof. To left of doorway is slightly-
projecting hall stack with secondary oven projection of exposed rubble and tall
brick chimney shaft. Roof is gable-ended, as too are roofs of stair block and
wing. The stair block has a tall round-headed sash with glazing bars in
right (east side. It was renewed circa 1980 and at sane tine a similar but
smaller round-headed window inserted into end wall. The left side wall includes
remains of an early C17 oak 2 or 3-light window with 1 surviving chamfered mullion,
and only 1 light exposed.
Good interior includes many original early C17 features. Between the hall and
parlour is an oak plank-and-muntin screen with the muntins chamfered and scroll
stopped on both sides and includes the jambs of the original doorway at the rear,
ovolo-moulded and scroll-stopped on the hall side. Only the headbeam of a similar
screen survives between hall and inner room. Hall has soffit-chamfered and scroll
stopped crossbeam. The fireplace here has been much rebuilt and has a replacement
timber lintel. Halved beam across end wall in former inner room is also soffit-
chamfered with scroll stops. The parlour crossbeam has a broad soffit chamfer with
scroll stops and fireplace of volcanic ashlar and oak lintel with rebated ogee
soffit moulding. Stairs are C19 replacement with stick balusters, turned newels
and mahogany handrail. Stair block roof carried on original A-frame truss with
pegged dovetail lap-jointed collar. At stair head are original double doorways,
ovolo-moulded with scroll stops to master chamber over parlour and chamfered with
scroll stops to hall chamber. First floor large-framed paritions are not exactly
over ground floor screens. A-from roof with pegged dovetail lap-jointed collars.
The master chamber has crude moulded plaster cornice breaking forward around the
truss and includes a frieze of continuous St Andrews crosses, presumably reflecting
the former association of the house with the nearby church.

Listing NGR: SS7704800039

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