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South Reed Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Bratton Clovelly, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7074 / 50°42'26"N

Longitude: -4.1309 / 4°7'51"W

OS Eastings: 249637

OS Northings: 91918

OS Grid: SX496919

Mapcode National: GBR NX.4LT5

Mapcode Global: FRA 2776.NHT

Plus Code: 9C2QPV49+XM

Entry Name: South Reed Farmhouse

Listing Date: 7 September 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1326310

English Heritage Legacy ID: 94266

Location: Bratton Clovelly, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

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

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Farmhouse. Circa late C15 with C17 alterations and addition. Rendered cob and
stone rubble walls. Gable-ended corrugated iron roof. Axial granite ashlar stack
with dripstones and C19 rebuilt rubble and brick stack at gable end of wing.
Originally either 2- or 3-room and through passage or longhouse plan. The
demolition of the room below the passage prohibits an exact interpretation but the
siting of the original house down a slope and the rebuild of the lower end as an
outbuilding is suggestive of a longhouse. The hall at least was originally open to
the roof with a central hearth. A solid wall divides the hall and inner room and
there may originally have been no room beyond the hall, but the re-roofing of the
inner room in line with the cross wing precludes direct evidence of this and might
suggest the inner room is integral with the wing. The inner room appears always to
have been unheated. In the C17 the hall stack was added and the hall ceiled. A
wing was added at the front of the inner room in the circa mid C17 as a parlour,
heated by a gable end fireplace with a similarly heated chamber above. At this
stage the hall was probably relegated to kitchen status. The lower end was
demolished probably in the C19 if its rebuilding as outbuildings was contemporary.
2 storeys. Asymmetrical 2-window front with substantial wing projecting from right-
hand end and lower outbuilding extension at left-hand end. Early C20 casements,
those on the first floor are in small openings of 1-light to the left, 2-lights to
the right. On the ground floor is 2-light C19 small-paned casement to the left and
circa early C20 leanto porch in angle with wing to its right which has C20 glazed
door. On the inner face of the wing is 2-light circa early C20 small paned casement
on the ground floor to the right and a similar first floor window at the gable end.
Interior 2-bay roof over hall has 1 pair of curving trusses, whose feet are not
visible, with morticed chamfered arch-braced collar. Threaded purlins. 1 tier of
chamfered windbraces. All smoke-blackened.
The hall has 3 cross-beams, chamfered with ogee stops and unusual carved cross
before stops. The original fireplace opening is preserved but it has a replacement
wooden lintel. Oven in its left-hand side. Leading from the passage to the hall is
a chamfered wooden doorframe with cranked head which may pre-date the hall stack.
The passage has 2 chamfered cross-beams with indiscernible stops.
The parlour has 3 chamfered cross-beams with hollow step stops. Its fireplace has a
chamfered wooden lintel with diagonal stops and rough granite jambs. The room above
the parlour has a similar smaller fireplace with roughly chamfered granite jambs.
Dividing it from the chamber over the inner room is a timber framed partition.
This house preserves a section of good quality medieval roof and shows interesting
development in the C17 with the addition of a parlour wing.

Listing NGR: SX4963791918

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