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Latitude: 50.8694 / 50°52'9"N
Longitude: -3.8078 / 3°48'28"W
OS Eastings: 272887
OS Northings: 109327
OS Grid: SS728093
Mapcode National: GBR L2.TH6B
Mapcode Global: FRA 26XS.VS6
Entry Name: Rensey Farmhouse
Listing Date: 4 November 1985
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1263393
English Heritage Legacy ID: 432447
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
LAPFORD RENSEY LANE
SS 70 NW
4/95 Rensey Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Late C16 early C17 with C17, C18 and C19 alterations. Plastered cob on
rubble footings; rubble or cob stacks topped with C20 brick; corrugated asbestos
roof (formerly thatch). Altered 3-room-and-cross-passage plan house facing south
steep slope and therefore it seems unlikely that there was ever a rear passage door.
End stacks to former service and inner rooms and rear corner stack to upper end of
hall. 2 storeys. Irregular 3-window front of various late C19 and C20 casements,
most with glazing bars. Front passage doorway left of centre to former passage and
secondary doorway at right end to former inner room both contain early C20 plank
doors. Gable-ended roof.
Interior modernised in late C19 but some late C16 early C17 and C17 features show
although they are not all easily interpreted. Full height cob crosswalls either end
of hall. No lower passage screen to tiny service end room with blocked fireplace.
Hall has an intriguing arrangement of early-mid C17 beams, some of which may be in
their original positions. Main crossbeam has an unusual mirror-section double-ogee
moulding on upper side only; it is chamfered on lower side. From upper end side a
small axial beam has a double-ovolo moulding towards front of house and a chamfer to
the rear; both sides with step stops. Half beam against rear wall is chamfered with
bar-scroll stops. Rear upper end corner has mid-late C17 diagonal corner fireplace
built of rubble with plain oak lintel and blocked side oven. Hall is lined with
reset sections of C17 oak small-field panelling. Former inner room has C17 axial
beam which may have been raised in C19. Fireplace was rebuilt in C19 but original
late C16-early C17 oak lintel, soffit-chamfered with step stops, was reused at a
higher level than original. On first floor it is said that there used to be a third
cob partition over hall crossbeam.. C17 truss over inner room, an A frame truss
with pegged lap-jointed collar and C20 roof over hall.
Listing NGR: SS7288709327
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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