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Latitude: 50.9744 / 50°58'27"N
Longitude: -3.8673 / 3°52'2"W
OS Eastings: 268994
OS Northings: 121103
OS Grid: SS689211
Mapcode National: GBR L0.LS3C
Mapcode Global: FRA 26SJ.P54
Entry Name: Venn Haven
Listing Date: 25 October 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1304497
English Heritage Legacy ID: 97313
Location: King's Nympton, North Devon, Devon, EX37
Civil Parish: King's Nympton
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Kingsnympton St James the Apostle
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS 62 SE
1/137 Venn Haven
Farmhouse. Early C16, remodelled probably in late C16, extended at rear in C19 with
C20 alterations. Painted roughcast rendered stone rubble and cob. Corrugated
asbestos roof with gable ends. Tall front lateral hall stack, rendered stack at
right end with tapered cap and capped stack to right side of rear wing.
Plan: T-shaped on plan. The front range consists of a much remodelled former open-
hall-house, with hall to left of through-passage and kitchen to right, at upper end,
and 2-storey wing of single room plan added to rear, probably in C19. The plan
development is unclear; only a single smoke-blackened cruck truss survives over the
hall. The hall was ceiled and the front lateral stack inserted probably in the late
C16. There is a solid stone and cob partition on the upper right side of the
passage, suggesting the kitchen is a C17 addition. An outbuilding was demolished
circa 1985 at the left lower end, and it is probable therefore that the present wide
passage was originally an inner room, apparently ceiled from the outset; the
original passage was probably sited at the lower left end of the hall, which is in
fact partitioned to create an exceptionally narrow store-room at the end.
2 storeys. 4-window range. All early C20 2-light casements, 4 panes per light.
Ground floor has 2- and 3-light casement to left of C20 leanto porch and 2-light
casement to right.
Interior: Hall has 2 cross ceiling beams with deep chamfers and hollow step stops.
The narrow end room has a cross ceiling beam chamfered and stopped on the hall side
only. Passage has on left plank and muntin dado panelling, the muntins chamfered and
date 1741 carved on the top rail. Semi-circular arched late C16 chamfered door
surround to rear of passage, possibly reset and jambs removed. Kitchen has exposed
joists but no ceiling beams. Original fireplaces probably concealed behind C20
Roof: largely replaced in C20 but single raised cruck truss survives over hall with
morticed and tenoned cambered collar. The truss is closed with a clay daub partition
which is smoke-blackened on the hall side only, as is the truss itself. The ridge
piece and some of the original rafters over the present passage survive but are
Listing NGR: SS6899421103
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