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Latitude: 50.8565 / 50°51'23"N
Longitude: -3.8132 / 3°48'47"W
OS Eastings: 272476
OS Northings: 107901
OS Grid: SS724079
Mapcode National: GBR L2.V7V3
Mapcode Global: FRA 26XT.SCC
Entry Name: Lower Bridge Farmhouse
Listing Date: 11 March 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1263359
English Heritage Legacy ID: 432472
Location: Lapford, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17
District: Mid Devon
Civil Parish: Lapford
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Lapford
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
The following buildings shall be added to the list:
SS 70 NW
4/305 Lower Bridge Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Early C16 with major later C16 and C17 improvements. Mostly plastered
cob on rubble footing, some plastered stone rubble; stone rubble stacks, one
disused, the other with a chimney shaft of C19 and C20 brick; thatch roof with a
small rear section replaced with corrugated asbestos.
4-room-and-through-passage plan house facing south with the inner room at the left
(west) end. The service end was rearranged in the C19 and may originally have been
a large single room. Certainly the original roof extends to the present (eastern)
end. It now contains a service room with chamber above and, at the end, a stable
with hayloft over. The hall has a projecting front lateral stack and the inner room
has a disused end stack. 2 storeys.
Irregular overall 5-window front. The 4 to the main house comprise a variety of C19
casements with glazing bars and the hall chamber window (left of the stack) is a C19
horizontal sliding sash with glazing bars. The front passage doorway (right of the
stack) contains a C20 door. The stable includes a C19 door with an unglazed window
to the left and a loading hatch to the hayloft above. Roof is gable-ended with the
eaves dropping a little over the stable.
Good interior: the house is little modernised and therefore most early features are
hidden behind C19 plaster but those that can be seen are of good quality. There are
full height cob crosswalls on the lower side of the passage and at the upper end of
the hall. The roof, where it can be seen is original. In the hayloft a truss is
fully exposed. It is side-pegged jointed cruck of large scantling with a straight
collar and at the apex the principals have a yoke and stop short of meeting to
create a notch for a diagonally set ridge (Alcock's apex type L1). The hip cruck
survives in the end wall. The hall has a 2-bay roof between the cob crosswalls and
although the lower parts of the truss are plastered over it appears to be of
identical construction except here the collar is cambered. The whole hall roof,
including the common rafters and underside of thatch is heavily sooted indicating
the inner end is inaccessible. The service end roof is clean. It is not clear when
the inner room or service end were floored; no beams show in the former and the
exposed beams in the latter appear to be C19 replacements. Probably in the late C16
a chamber was built over the passage jettying into the lower end of the hall where
its bressumer is exposed, very richly moulded with broad step stops. The hall
fireplace, also probably late C16, is blocked although its massive size can be
appreciated. The hall was probably fully floored in the C17 but the ceiling
structure is plastered over. The inner room fireplace is blocked.
This is an interesting house with an obvious potential for the discovery of more C16
and C17 features.
Listing NGR: SS7247607901
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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