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Latitude: 50.6295 / 50°37'46"N
Longitude: -4.2689 / 4°16'7"W
OS Eastings: 239629
OS Northings: 83543
OS Grid: SX396835
Mapcode National: GBR NQ.9MBG
Mapcode Global: FRA 17YD.W55
Entry Name: Ashleigh
Listing Date: 7 November 1985
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1326330
English Heritage Legacy ID: 92361
Location: Lifton, West Devon, Devon, PL16
District: West Devon
Civil Parish: Lifton
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
SX 38 SE LIFTON
Farmhouse. Medieval core, circa early to mid C18 and late C19 alterations. Rendered
whitewashed stone rubble with cement washed scantle slate roof gabled at ends, the
rear wing has a corrugated asbestos roof. 3 rendered stacks with brick shafts, 2 at
gable ends of main range, 1 on ridge. The original plan was a probably a 2-bay open
hall house of which 1 smoke-blackened truss survives. A south wing at right angles
to the hall has a probably mid to late C16 roof and may have been the great chamber
before the hall was ceiled over. The main range was extended at both ends, possibly
in the C18 when a short projection with a hipped roof was added on the north side
although this may have been an adaptation of an existing structure. An outshut was
added at the west on the south side between the wing and the main range, and a lean-
to at the east on the south side between the wing and the main range, probably in the
late C19 when most of the main range was refenestrated. It seems likely from the
remnants of a circa C15 stone traceried window at the south of the house that the
medieval build was substantial. 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4-window north front with
approximately central front projection under a hipped roof. Change in plane of front
indicates addition at left end. Entrance through C19 half-glazed porch to left front
Ground floor windows late C19 sashes with glazing bars, 2 similar first floor
windows, first floor window left is a 16-pane hornless sash, first floor window right
temporarily blocked. The rear wing has been extended to the south and the south end
is used as a farmbuilding with loft over.
Interior 1 smoke-blackened truss with 1 broken principal immediately to the east of
the stack on the ridge. The truss is halved and pegged at the apex, with a straight
pegged collar, former purlins were threaded. The truss is blackened on the east side
only. A wall to the east marks the length of the medieval hall with some smoke-
blackening visible beneath later plaster. Truncated principals to the north
projection below a later roof suggest circa late C16 origins for the projection. The
south wing trusses are not smoke-blackened and have cambered pegged collars and large
principals which may be crucks. Fireplaces all said to be modern, but may conceal
earlier features. The masonry of a large stone traceried window and what appears to
be a font plinth exist to the south of the house.
Lysons states that the Manor of Ashleigh belonged to the Ashleigh family from the C13
to the C14 before passing to Tirell, Hals and Trelawney and eventually to the Bullers
Listing NGR: SX3962983543
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