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Town Living Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Puddington, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8833 / 50°52'59"N

Longitude: -3.6599 / 3°39'35"W

OS Eastings: 283327

OS Northings: 110625

OS Grid: SS833106

Mapcode National: GBR L8.SQM3

Mapcode Global: FRA 366R.ZZ5

Plus Code: 9C2RV8MR+82

Entry Name: Town Living Farmhouse

Listing Date: 4 November 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1263058

English Heritage Legacy ID: 433334

Location: Puddington, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Puddington

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Puddington St Thomas a Becket

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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3/217 Town Living Farmhouse

House, formerly a farmhouse. Probably early C16 with major later C16 and C17
improvements. Plastered cob on rubble footings; stone rubble stacks with plastered
C19 or C20 brick chimney stacks; thatched roof. 3-room-and-through-passage plan
house facing south-east with inner room at left (south-western) end adjoining No. 1
Withy Windle Cottages (q.v.) Both inner and service end rooms have rear lateral
stacks and hall has front lateral stack. C20 stair now blocking rear end of
passage. Now 2 storeys. Regular but asymmetrical 4-window front of late C19-early
C20 casements with glazing bars. Inserted French windows to former inner room at
left end and doorway to former through-passage right of centre. The door is late
C19-early C20 with contemporary side lights. Late C19 verandah across front has
glass monopitch lean-to roof and rests on plain cast-iron posts. Roof is hipped to
right and gable-ended to left joining roof of No. 1 Withy Windle Cottages. Good
interior although much of C16 and C17 fabric is hidden behind C20 plasterboard. The
oldest features apparent can be seen in roofspace where 3 bays of original early C16
roof survive over hall and inner rooms. The trusses have cambered collars and are
probably jointed crucks but lower parts are hidden on first floor. The surviving
roof structure and original thatch on rear side are heavily sooted from end to end
indicating that the early C16 house was divided by low partition screens and was
heated by an open hearth fire. In late C16 the hall-inner room truss was closed and
large-framed crosswall is smoke-blackened on hall side only. Whole roof was raised
in C19. Inner room has late C16 inserted floor. The axial beam is deeply chamfered
with step stops and each end is supported on posts with moulded jowled heads. Small
plain rubble fireplace with oak lintel in rear wall is probably C18. Hall has C17
inserted fireplace in front wall of volcanic stone with oak lintel soffit-chamfered
with straight cut stops. Early C17 crossbeam flooring hall has a fillet-ogee
moulding with late step stops. Service room was refurbished in late C17-early C18
and has plainly finished crossbeam and massive rubble fireplace with brick side oven
to left and plain oak lintel. All partitions appear to be C16 or C17 but are clad
with C20 plasterboard.
Well-preserved C16 and C17 farmhouse forming an attractive group with adjoining Nos.
1 and 2 Withy Windle Cottages (q.v.).

Listing NGR: SS8332710625

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