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Willishayes Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Morebath, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0231 / 51°1'22"N

Longitude: -3.5029 / 3°30'10"W

OS Eastings: 294687

OS Northings: 125928

OS Grid: SS946259

Mapcode National: GBR LH.HVSW

Mapcode Global: FRA 36KD.TC0

Plus Code: 9C3R2FFW+6R

Entry Name: Willishayes Farmhouse

Listing Date: 7 December 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1325683

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96768

Location: Morebath, Mid Devon, Devon, TA22

County: Devon

District: Mid 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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Farmhouse. Early C17 or earlier origins, some C20 renovation and re-arrangement.
Cob and stone rubble with a slate roof, hipped at the left end, gabled at the right
end : corrugated iron roof to cider house adjoining at the right, hipped at the right
end ; right end stack, front lateral stack and rear lateral stack to main range.
Plan: 3 room and passage arrangement (lower end to the left, hall heated by front
lateral stack) with a rear lean-to with a corrugated plastic roof; adjoining cider
house at right end. The house has evidently had several phases of rebuilding : the
lower end and passage are under a lower roofline and the plainer carpentry of the
inner room indicates a late C17 or later date. The origins of the house may be a
late medieval open hall (massive jointed cruck in centre, apex not inspected). Late
C20 alterations include a new stair to the rear of the passage, some repartitioning
of the lower end and the insertion of an axial passage to the rear of the hall.
Exterior: 2 storeys, lower roofline to passage and hall at left end. Asymmetrical 2
+ 2 window front with a C20 glazed porch to the right of the left hand block into the
passage. C20 fenestration; timber casements with glazing bars to the left, iron
casements with glazing bars to the right. The cider house at the right end has a
central doorway flanked by single windows and a C20 roof dormer lighting the loft.
Interior: Plank and muntin screen to the higher end of the passage with plain
muntins. The hall has deep hollow-chamfered step-stopped crossbeams and a modern
fireplace possibly concealing earlier jambs and lintel. The lower end room has an
open fireplace with stone rubble jambs, a timber lintel, hearth seat and 2 bread
ovens ; roughly chamfered crossbeams. The inner room has 2 rough axial beams and a
C19 cast iron grate. The adjoining cider house has a chamfered stopped crossbeam and
is evidently of C17 origins.
Roof: 1 massive side-pegged jointed cruck over the hall, the cruck feet visible just
above ground level of the ground floor. Apex not inspected at time of survey but
this truss could be late medieval and may show evidence of sooting. The roof trusses
in the cider house are X apex and probably C18, presumably replacing an earlier roof

Listing NGR: SS9468725928

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