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Latitude: 50.6927 / 50°41'33"N
Longitude: -4.1833 / 4°10'59"W
OS Eastings: 245890
OS Northings: 90391
OS Grid: SX458903
Mapcode National: GBR NT.5RBJ
Mapcode Global: FRA 2747.S2T
Entry Name: Morson Farmhouse
Listing Date: 7 September 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1326308
English Heritage Legacy ID: 94260
Location: Bratton Clovelly, West Devon, Devon, EX20
District: West Devon
Civil Parish: Bratton Clovelly
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Bratton Clovelly St Mary the Virgin
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 49 SE
7/5 Morson Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Probably C16, altered and extended in C17 with C19 addition. Rendered
stone rubble and cob walls. Slate roof, partly grouted, gabled to right end,hipped
to left. 2 axial stacks; the right-hand one is rubble with a slate dripcourse, the
left-hand one is of granite ashlar with stone dripmoulds.
3-room and through-passage plan lower room to the left. The house may originally
have had an open hall but this could not be proved without access to the roof space.
The lower room is unheated. The hall stack backs onto the passage and probably pre-
dates that to the inner room which is in an unusual axial position. This was
probably inserted in the C17 and at the same time the inner room extended and a dog-
leg stair added in a projection to its rear wall. The hall has a large projecting
front bay which is also likely to be C17. In the C19 a rear outshut was added to
the hall and part of lower end blocking the back door of the passage.
2 storeys. 4-window front with projecting hall bay to right of centre. Mainly
circa late C19/early C20 3-light casements, 2-lights to ground floor left-hand
window. First floor window above porch has C17 3-light ovolo-moulded wooden frame.
C19 lean-to porch is to left of hall bay and incorporates pumphouse and granite
trough. C20 part glazed door. At rear C19 outshut is at centre and shallow
rectangular stair projection to left of centre.
Interior has a number of good early features.
The roof space was inaccessible at the time of survey but according to the owner it
has cruck trusses.
The lower room has a chamfered longitudinal beam with hollow step stops. Leading
into the lower room from the passage is a probably original wooden roundheaded arch
rebated in a square door frame, both moulded. The hall has chamfered cross-beams
with worn hollow step stops. Its fireplace is granite framed with chamfered jambs,
the lintel obscured; it has an oven at the rear. The square-headed wooden
doorframe to the inner room is ovolo-moulded with worn stops. The inner room
fireplace is blocked but according to the owners is also granite-framed. To the
left is an C18 arched niche with curved back, reeded pilasters and dropped keystone;
fielded panelling at the side.
At the rear of the inner room the stairs are reached by a chamfered and stopped
square-headed wooden doorframe with a fielded 2-panel door. Small C17 dog-leg
staircase with closed string, turned balusters and newel and moulded handrail.
This house forms part of an unaltered traditional farm complex and is itself little
changed since the C19 preserving some good C16 and C17 features. It may incorporate
some medieval fabric and its roof timbers are likely to be of importance.
Listing NGR: SX4589090391
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