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Latitude: 50.8262 / 50°49'34"N
Longitude: -3.3642 / 3°21'50"W
OS Eastings: 304015
OS Northings: 103848
OS Grid: ST040038
Mapcode National: GBR LP.X7JW
Mapcode Global: FRA 36VX.76B
Entry Name: Lower Weaver Farmhouse
Listing Date: 24 October 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1309580
English Heritage Legacy ID: 86882
Location: Plymtree, East Devon, Devon, EX15
Civil Parish: Plymtree
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Plymtree St John the Baptist
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
ST 00 SE
2/126 Lower Weaver Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Early C17, some early C18 modernisation, renovated circa 1980.
Plastered cob on stone rubble footings; stone rubble stacks topped with C19 and C20
brick; thatch roof, tile roof to outshot.
Plan: 3-room-and -through-passage plan house facing west and built down the
hillslope. Uphill at the rignt (south) end is a large room (the hall or parlour)
with an axial stack backing onto the passage. The stack also serves the principal
chamber above. The other side of the passage is a kitchen and its axial stack backs
onto the dairy or buttery, the left end room. There is a 2-storey porch to the rear
of the passage. It was probably added as part of the early C18 refurbishment. At
about the same time the hay loft was inserted over the dairy end chamber. In the
C20 an C18 or C19 outshot to rear of the hall/parlour was converted to a kitchen.
The porch suggests that the east side was originally the front. However the west
must have become the main front by the time the rear outshot was built. The house
is 2 storeys.
Exterior: irregular 5-window front of windows of various dates and sizes. 2 of the
first floor windows and both end ground floor windows are original; they are oak-
framed with ovolo-moulded mullions. Another first floor window is missing its
mullion and another is a C19 casement. The rest date from circa 1980 and they are
C17 in style. The passage front doorway is a little right of centre and it contains
a circa 1980 plank door. There is a secondary doorway to left into the former
dairy. The roof is half-hipped each end. The left (north) end has a window to each
floor. The ground and first floor windows are original though missing some
mullions; the former has chamfered mullions and the first floor one has ovolo-
moulded mullions and has internal wooden shutters. There is a blocked shuttered
window to the loft. The porch at the back has a C20 door in its outer arch.
Interior: is well-preserved and most of the structural detail is early C17. The
hall/parlour is the best room in the house. Its 3-bay ceiling is carried on
crossbeams with chamfer-ovolo mouldings and scroll stops. The fireplace here has
Beer-stone ashlar jambs and an oak lintel and it has an ovolo-moulded surround.
There is a smaller, plainer version on the first floor over. The lower (former
kitchen) side of the passage is lined with an oak plank-and-muntin screen which
contains a blocked crank-headed doorway. Also the passage rear door frame is
original; an oak frame with cambered head and chamfered surround. The kitchen
crossbeams are plain-chamfered (maybe the stops have been knocked off). The
fireplace here is a plainer version of that in the hall/parlour and has a chamfered
oak lintel. The fireplace was reduced in size when a doorway was knocked through
its right-hand side. The construction of the doorway also involved blocking the
side oven. The dairy has 2 axial chamfered and scroll-stopped crossbeams. The main
block roof is carried on a series of clean side-pegged jointed cruck trusses. The
truss over the dairy end was originally closed dividing the chamber into 2 small
rooms. In the early C18 this was removed and a loft was inserted. The floor has
been removed but the chamfered axial beam remains there. The other early C18
features are the porch where no carpentry detail is exposed; and a cupboard in the
hall/parlour chamber; it has a curving back, shaped shelves and panelled doors on H-
hinges. This chamber has been divided into two.
This is an attractive and remarkably well-preserved single phase early C17 farmhouse
and forms a group with its close neighbour, Middle Weaver Farmhouse (q.v).
Listing NGR: ST0401503848
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