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2, 3 and 4, Church Lane

A Grade II Listed Building in Swimbridge, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0523 / 51°3'8"N

Longitude: -3.969 / 3°58'8"W

OS Eastings: 262089

OS Northings: 129955

OS Grid: SS620299

Mapcode National: GBR KV.FY2J

Mapcode Global: FRA 26KB.RJK

Plus Code: 9C3R322J+WC

Entry Name: 2, 3 and 4, Church Lane

Listing Date: 18 March 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1325302

English Heritage Legacy ID: 98671

Location: Swimbridge, North Devon, Devon, EX32

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Swimbridge

Built-Up Area: Swimbridge

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Swimbridge St James the Apostle

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 62 NW
11/188 Nos. 2, 3 and 4 Church Lane


Row of 3 houses, late C15 or early C16 origins, remodelled and extended in C17 and
with C20 alterations. Painted rendered stone and cob. Slate roofs with gable
ends. Brick stacks to each end of each house and tall lateral rubble stack with
drip to front of No.3 and truncated lateral stack to No.4. Complex sequence of
plan development. No. 3 appears to contain the hall, through-passage and part of
lower end of a typical C17 farmhouse type, with blocked doorways to the upper end
of the hall indicating that No.2 probably formed the inner room of the farmhouse,
later extended and remodelled into a separate cottage. It is said that No.4 was
used within living memory as a shippon and store-shed, fitting well with the
overall position as the lower end of the C17 farmhouse. But the roof structure of
No.4, which extends as far as the solid cob partition to roof height at the lower
end of the through-passage in No.3 in fact illustrates that this formed part of an
open-hall house, so that the sequence of development appears to be from right to
left with C17 remodelling to the hall and C18 and C19 extension to the inner room.
2 storeys. 7 window range of 2-light casements, 2 panes per light, the left-hand
bay breaks forward slightly.
Interior: stop-chamfered beams and most of the original joists survive to hall. 2
raised cruck trusses over No.4 with 2 tiers of threaded purlins and ridge purlin
and cranked collars morticed into soffits of the blades, the thorough smoke
blackening extending to the, cob-wall partition over the lower end of the through-
passage and also fading out to the extreme lower end bay with the truss closest to
the right gable end being soot-encrusted on the one face and virtually clean on the
other. The truss over the hall reflects the C17 remodelling and has straight heavy
principals with a lap-jointed collar.

Listing NGR: SS6208129951

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