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Whippenscot Farmhouse and Outbuilding Adjoining at West

A Grade II Listed Building in Rose Ash, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9758 / 50°58'33"N

Longitude: -3.7476 / 3°44'51"W

OS Eastings: 277405

OS Northings: 121057

OS Grid: SS774210

Mapcode National: GBR L5.LSHR

Mapcode Global: FRA 361J.MTB

Plus Code: 9C2RX7G2+8X

Entry Name: Whippenscot Farmhouse and Outbuilding Adjoining at West

Listing Date: 18 October 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1325505

English Heritage Legacy ID: 97639

Location: Rose Ash, North Devon, Devon, EX36

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Rose Ash

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Rose Ash

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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6/108 Whippenscot Farmhouse and
- outbuilding adjoining at west


Farmhouse. Probably late medieval origins, remodelled in the circa late C16/early
C17, rebuilt at the east end, possibly in the C18, rebuilt at the west end.
Colourwashed rendered cob and stone; asbestos roof (formerly thatched), gabled at
ends; front lateral projecting stack, the shaft part rendered, part brick, projecting
right end stack with a bread oven.
Plan: A south-facing range, the present plan a 3 room and cross passage arrangement:
lower end to the right, hall heated by the front lateral stack with a hall bay
adjacent to the stack, unheated inner room to the left. A winder stair rises in a
projection on the rear wall of the hall, a rear left outshut serves as a back kitchen
and dairy. The centre of the 3 rooms is the earliest, flanked by thick crosswalls,
suggesting rebuilding at both ends of the house. The roof over the centre room is of
jointed cruck construction and may be late medieval but without access to the apex to
see whether it is smoke-stained this remains unproven, although some loose battens in
the possession of the owner do seem to be blackened. If the house is of medieval
origins the open hall was probably floored in the early C17 with the front lateral
stack and rear stair added: the lower end and passage appear to have been rebuilt
later, possibly in the C18 as the roof structure is different and there are no
exposed ceiling beams on the ground floor, the lower end room presumably functioned
as the kitchen in the C18. The left hand (west) room, now the kitchen, is also very
plain and has never had a stack, it may be a former outbuilding absorbed into
domestic use in the C18 or C19.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3 window front, the massive front lateral stack
with set-offs the right end of the house slightly set back with a C20 front door to
the cross passage to right of centre. 2 circa early C19 3-light casements with small
panes survive to the right of the stack, the other windows are C20 timber
replacements. The outbuilding adjoining at the west is probably late C17 or C18 with
a lower corrugated iron roof, hipped at the left end, 2 doorways on the front and a
2-light mullioned window on the rear wall.
Interior: The centre of the house preserves pre C17 features. On the ground floor
the hall has an axial beam, moulded towards the hearth but simply chamfered away from
it, possibly marking a distinction in status between the different parts of the room.
The fireplace has a chamfered lintel and an unusual chamfered mantel shelf which may
be C17, a wooden peg projects from the wall above the lintel, presumably to hold a
light. A C17 bench is fixed to the higher end and there is a small wall cupboard
built into the thickness of the wall. A small closet opens off the stair, behind the
cross passage with a C17 or C18 door.
Roof No access to apex at time of survey (1987), but the main truss in the centre of
the house is a side-pegged jointed cruck truss which is said to be complete at the
apex below new timbering.
A traditional house with good interior features.

Listing NGR: SS7740521057

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