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Swannaton Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Sandford, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8381 / 50°50'17"N

Longitude: -3.6917 / 3°41'30"W

OS Eastings: 280979

OS Northings: 105651

OS Grid: SS809056

Mapcode National: GBR L7.WGL8

Mapcode Global: FRA 364W.KKN

Plus Code: 9C2RR8Q5+68

Entry Name: Swannaton Farmhouse

Listing Date: 20 May 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1272834

English Heritage Legacy ID: 447496

Location: Sandford, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Sandford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Sandford St Swithin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Farmhouse. Early C16, late C16 and C17 improvements, modernised in C19.
Roughcast cob on rubble footings; rubble stacks topped with C19 and C20 brick;
slate roof (formerly thatch). L-shaped building. Gable-ended main block facing
south has 3-room-and-through-passage plan with inner room at left (east) end. Late
C16-early C17 rear block to inner room. Projecting end stacks to service and inner
rooms, front projecting. Lateral stack to hall and end stack to rear block. 2
storeys. Irregular 4-window front of C20 replacement casements of various sizes,
all with glazing bars. C19 6-panel door (the upper pair glazed) to passage to
right of projecting hall stack. East (service end) stack has irregular patch high
on outside which is said to be C17 oval date plaque with heraldic device but is now
obscured by roughcast render. Interior is largely result of C19 modernisation when
C16 and C17 structural and decorative features were hidden. The little that can be
seen suggests a long structural history. 4-bay roof over hall and inner room is
supported on side-pegged jointed cruck trusses, but extent of smoke-blackening
cannot be ascertained due to limited access. Internal jetty: the chamber over the
through passage jetties into lower end of hall but features are hidden. Inner room
has inserted C16 axial beam, chamfered with runout stops, supported on an oak post
with jowled head, and a C17 moulded plaster cornice. The inner room volcanic
ashlar fireplace has C19 segmental brick arch replacing lintel. Rear block has
chamfered and cut-diagonal stopped axial beam and C17 door frame with scroll stops.
Well-preserved unmodernised farmhouse.
Swannaton - the farmstead of swineherds - is mentioned in a charter of 997 (Devon

Listing NGR: SS8097905651

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