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Timewell House

A Grade II Listed Building in Morebath, Devon

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Latitude: 51.022 / 51°1'19"N

Longitude: -3.483 / 3°28'58"W

OS Eastings: 296084

OS Northings: 125781

OS Grid: SS960257

Mapcode National: GBR LJ.HTPD

Mapcode Global: FRA 36LD.WDR

Plus Code: 9C3R2GC8+QR

Entry Name: Timewell House

Listing Date: 5 April 1966

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1306418

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96781

Location: Morebath, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Morebath

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Morebath St George

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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House. Circa early C16 or earlier origins, remodelled in the C17 and altered and
extended in the early C19. Rendered stone with slate roofs the roof of the C19 block
behind a parapet ; rendered stacks.
Plan: The earliest part of the house is a single depth block, 2½ rooms wide and later
used as a service wing to the early C19 extension. The core of this block is a late
medieval open hall house probably floored over and remodelled in the late C16 with a
further C17 refurbishment. The full extent and plan form of this wing is hot
entirely clear and- it may have been truncated in the early C19 when an L plan block
was added, set forward from the wing at the right end. The L plan block has a
central entrance into a stair hall, 1 large principal room to the right and 2 smaller
principal rooms to the left with a rear left wing with a roof with a hipped end. A
C20 lean-to kitchen has been added to the rear of the hipped wing.
Exterior: 2 storeys. The principal front elevation (early C19) has a 5 window
originally symmetrical front with a moulded cornice and parapet and plat-band at
first floor level. Good Bathstone porch with paired Doric columns to the front and
paired pilasters to the rear. 2-leaf half-glazed front door recessed below a
segmental arch with a pretty semi-circular fanlight with glazing bars. 12-pane sash
windows throughout except ground floor right where 2 sashes have been replaced with a
Ham Hill canted bay window, either late C19 or C20, with a 12-pane sash in the centre
and 4 over 6-pane sashes in the outer lights. Sash windows to the left and right
returns of the main block including 2 adjacent pairs of 12-pane sashes on the ground
floor of the left return. The late medieval wing has a 4 window elevation to the
front with sash windows with glazing bars; left end stack and a C19 projecting
lateral brick stack on the front.
Interior: The late medieval wing preserves some interesting early C18 plasterwork on
the ground floor with a decorated cornice and egg and dart decoration over some of
the cross beams ; other crossbeams are C17 with cyma reversa mouldings and scroll
stops. The ground floor has a late C19 or C20 axial rear passage cutting through
some of the decoration. Decayed moulded plaster cornice to first floor room. 4
smoke-blackened medieval roof trusses survive below a later roof ; 3 of the trusses
are conventional early C16 collar rafter trusses but 1 truss (the second from the
left) is closely spaced to the first from left truss with a lower apex and has a yoke
supporting a short post with a tenon at the top. This truss may be earlier than the
others and suggests 2 phases to the open hall arrangement.
The interior of the early C19 block has an open well stair with a C20 replaced
balustrade with heavy stick balusters and ramped wreathed handrail. Plaster cornices
and early C19 joinery survives; the chimneypieces are introductions in an C18 style.

Listing NGR: SS9608425781

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