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West Pitt Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Sampford Peverell, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9354 / 50°56'7"N

Longitude: -3.378 / 3°22'40"W

OS Eastings: 303268

OS Northings: 116015

OS Grid: ST032160

Mapcode National: GBR LN.PB23

Mapcode Global: FRA 36TM.MV9

Plus Code: 9C2RWJPC+5R

Entry Name: West Pitt Farmhouse

Listing Date: 17 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1307104

English Heritage Legacy ID: 95988

ID on this website: 101307104

Location: Whitnage, Mid Devon, EX16

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Sampford Peverell

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Sampford Peverell

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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4/139 West Pitt Farmhouse
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Farmhouse. Early C16 with major later C16 and C17 improvements, modernised and
partly rebuilt in the late C19. Plastered stone rubble with sections of cob in the
main block and brick dressings in the late C19 crosswing; stone rubble stacks topped
with C20 brick and 2 Hamstone ashlar chimneyshafts on the crosswing; slate roof,
formerly thatch on the main block.
Plan and development: T-plan house. The main block faces south-east and is built
across the hillslope. It contains the historic core of the house. It has an inner
room end former kitchen at the left (south-west) end which has a large gable-end
stack. Between it and the hall there is a small unheated inner room which was
probably a dairy but is now a secondary entrance lobby. The hall has an axial stack
backing onto the site of the former passage, now a crosswing. The original passage
and service end room was rebuilt in the late C19 as a 2-room plan crosswing
projecting front and back. Though rebuilt the passage has been retained and
extended forward. It contains the late C19 main stair rising along the back of the
hall stack. The front room of the crosswing is a parlour with an outer lateral
stack, (the bed chamber above has a front gable-end stack). The rear room is a
kitchen with a rear gable-end stack.
The original house was a 3-room-and-through-passage plan house. The passage and
service end room to right have been replaced by the late C19 crosswing but the hall
and small inner room remain. The smoke-blackened roof over this section indicate
that original house was open to the roof from end to end, divided by low partitions
(the upper hall screen was one such) and heated by an open hearth fire. In the mid
C16 a chamber was built over the inner room and it jettied into the open hall.
Later, probably the late C16, the hall stack was inserted, and the hall was floored
over in the mid C17. At the same time a kitchen was added at the inner room end.
This was disused when a new kitchen was provided in the late C19 crosswing.
The farmhouse is 2 storeys with cellar under the crosswing parlour.
Exterior: irregular 4:2-window front. The 4-window section of the main block is
made up of C20 casements, most of them iron-framed and without glazing bars. The
secondary front doorway, into the former inner room, is late C19. The front gable-
end of the crosswing has 16-pane sashes to right and to left a first floor 12-pane
sash over the passage front doorway which contains a late C19 door. Both roofs are
Interior: the historic structure is confined to the main block. In the former hall
the fireplace is blocked but its soffit-chamfered oak lintel can be felt in a
cupboard. At the upper end of the hall is an oak plank-and-muntin screen, probably
an original low partition. Directly above it is the evidence of the jetty from the
mid C16 inner room chamber. The mid C17 crossbeams have deep soffit-chamfers with
bar-runout stops. No carpentry shows in the narrow inner room but the mid C17
kitchen crossbeams are identical to those in the hall. The large stone rubble
kitchen fireplace has a plain oak lintel and its oven is relined with brick. The
alcove to left is the site either of a walk-in curing chamber or a newel staircase.
The 2-bay roof over the former hall and inner room is carried on an early C16 side-
Pegged jointed cruck truss. It and the ridge which extends over the inner room is
smoke-blackened from the open hearth fire. The mid C16 oak-framed crosswall, built
when the inner room chamber was built, is clean on the chamber side and smoke-
blackened on the hall side. The rest of the roof structure was replaced in the C20.
This is a typical multi-phase Devon farmhouse.

Listing NGR: ST0326816015

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