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Godford Cross

A Grade II Listed Building in Awliscombe, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8132 / 50°48'47"N

Longitude: -3.236 / 3°14'9"W

OS Eastings: 313016

OS Northings: 102247

OS Grid: ST130022

Mapcode National: GBR LV.Y40H

Mapcode Global: FRA 463Y.947

Plus Code: 9C2RRQ77+7H

Entry Name: Godford Cross

Listing Date: 11 February 1992

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1265258

English Heritage Legacy ID: 87187

Location: Awliscombe, East Devon, Devon, EX14

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Awliscombe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Awliscombe St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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The following building shall be added to the list:-

ST 10 SW

1520/5/10000 Godford Cross


Farmhouse, later converted into 2 cottages. Late medieval,
thoroughly updated late C16 or early C17; sub-divided and with
additions at rear and to right in mid C19. Main building of
rendered cob; additions in red brick. Slated roof; addition
to right covered in corrugated iron. Rendered C19/C20 chimneys
(probably of brick) at left end of ridge and off-centre to right.
Plan. 2 room-and-through-passage; half stack backs on to
passage. 3 small rooms at rear. Workshop range to right, at one
time a post office.
Exterior. 2 storeys; right-hand end of rear addition single-
storeyed. Main range 3 windows wide. 4-panelled door, the
bottom 2 panels flush, the top 2 glazed. Windows have 2 and 3-
light wood casements, with 1 horizontal glazing-bar per light.
Addition to right has 3 segmental-headed windows in ground
storey, the 2 to left with 3 and 4-light wood casements. Upper
storey has a single window, 5 panes wide and 2 panes high. In
right end-wall is a postal wall-box, with simply the initials GR
on the door. Left end-wall has old plank door with knocker and
Interior. Through-passage has stud-and-panel screen to left
(adjoining lower room); chamfered studs with run-out stops,
almost step-stones in places. 2 doorways at right-hand end, of
different design but the same date; that to left with chamfered,
square-headed surround; that to right, the stair door, with
rebated surround having a cranked head. Rear doorway and doorway
into hall have chamfered frames with cranked heads. Plank door
with strap hinges into hall. Latter has deeply-chamfered beam
with step-stops; complete set of original joists; half-beam
against gable-wall. Wide hall fireplace with chamfered wood
lintel; joists appear to have been rebuilt, that to left in
wood, that to right in large squared stone blocks; oven in back,
converted into cupboard. Staircase in rear left corner is
enclosed by a C19 plank partition with moulded ribs; plank half-
door with strap-hinges to cupboard under stairs. Disused joist
slots suggest there was no C16/C17 stair in this position. Lower
room has beam with shallow chamfer, originally laid cross-wise,
boxed to axial position c1990. Partition with passage has
squared studs this side, small gable-chimney, probably added in
C19. stair removed c1990.
Upper storey has doorway with chamfered frame and cranked head
between rooms over passage and hall; old, studded plank door
with strap-hinges and wooden latch. Rear left-hand room has mid
C19 cast-iron grate in plain wood surround with bracketed shelf.
4-bay roof with 3 jointed-cruck trusses; hip cruck, its top now
sawn off, at upper (right-hand) end. The 2 right-hand crucks are
face-pegged, that to right with slip-tenon visible; cranked
collars, 2 tiers of through-purlins, diagonal-set ridge of Alcock
type B. Both trusses are heavily smoke-blackened on both sides.
The left-hand of the 2 trusses has wattle-and-daub infill above
the collar with plaster on the left side only; both sides are
blackened and there are stake-holes for former infill below the
collar. The implication of this is that the Medieval house was
single-storeyed with open hearths in both rooms. The third, far
left hand truss is clean with side-pegged jointed crucks,
straight collar and apex of Alcock type F2. Its purlin at the
front is a blackened, re-used partition beam with groove at the top
and stake-holes on the underside; in the middle is the halving
with peg-hole for a vertical stud. This may have belonged to the
partition under the middle truss.
Medieval houses of 2-room plan are very rare in Devon; the
evidence for 2 open hearths gives this one added interest. The
title map of 1840 shows it as still one house, owned by the Rev.
E. W. Grinfield and occupied by Thomas Clapp; a person of the
latter name is listed as a wheelwright in White's directory of

Listing NGR: ST1301602247

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