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Latitude: 50.8924 / 50°53'32"N
Longitude: -3.6754 / 3°40'31"W
OS Eastings: 282261
OS Northings: 111658
OS Grid: SS822116
Mapcode National: GBR L8.S0QF
Mapcode Global: FRA 365R.5YC
Entry Name: Henceford Farmhouse
Listing Date: 4 November 1985
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1262938
English Heritage Legacy ID: 433679
Location: Thelbridge, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17
District: Mid Devon
Civil Parish: Thelbridge
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Witheridge with Creacombe
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS 81 SW
3/250 Henceford Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Probably mid-C16 with major later C16 and C17 improvements and late C19-
early C20 extension. Plastered cob on rubble footings; rubble stacks topped with C20
brick; corrugated asbestos roof (formerly thatched). Long building facing south with
a 4-room-and-through-passage plan, that is to say, the inner room at the left
(west)end was separated from the hall by a lobby room. Projecting newel stair turret
to rear of lobby. Right (service end) extended in late C19-early C20. Projecting
end stack to inner room/parlour, axial stack backing onto passage to hall and rear
lateral stack to service room. 2 storeys. Irregular 6-window front of C20 iron-
framed casements without glazing bars. C20 door to passage right of centre and C20
French windows with glazing bars to former lobby. Roof is hipped to right and gable-
ended to left. Both hall and inner rooms have original broad stone rubble chimney
shafts with dripcourses and coping, now topped with brick.
Good interior. The oldest apparent feature is a side-pegged jointed cruck truss over
the hall. It is arguably smoke-blackened suggesting possibility of open hearth fire
in original open hall. Possibly contemporary oak plank-and-muntin screen at upper
end of hall with chamfered muntins roll-stopped high enough to accommodate a bench
below and includes flat-arch headed doorway. House was extensively refurbished in
early or mid C17 and most other exposed features appear to date from that period.
Hall has rubble fireplace with a massive timber corbel carrying lintel on right side
and the lintel is soffit-chamfered with straight cut stops. Hall beam chamfered with
roll stops. Another plank-and-muntin screen between lobby and inner room/parlour was
removed within living memory. Parlour has double-ovolo moulded crossbeams with bar-
scroll stops. Rubble fireplace has replacement lintel. Partitions either side of
lobby are carried up and their oak framing is exposed in roofspace. Both are
identical closed trusses with unusually-shaped dovetail lap-jointed collars. Section
above collars have never been filled and might be considered partly smoke-blackened.
Service end has an A-frame truss with mortice, tenoned and pegged collar. Service
end fireplace which includes brick oven is probably C19.
Listing NGR: SS8226111658
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