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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
Entry Name: Swannaton Farmhouse
Listing Date: 20 May 1985
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1272834
English Heritage Legacy ID: 447496
Location: Sandford, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17
District: Mid Devon
Civil Parish: Sandford
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Sandford St Swithin
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS 80 NW SANDFORD SWANNATON LANE
1/275 Swannaton Farmhouse
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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