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Latitude: 50.7464 / 50°44'46"N
Longitude: -3.9488 / 3°56'55"W
OS Eastings: 262606
OS Northings: 95894
OS Grid: SX626958
Mapcode National: GBR Q4.VCFW
Mapcode Global: FRA 27M3.MF9
Entry Name: Ball Farmhouse
Listing Date: 8 October 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1326460
English Heritage Legacy ID: 93008
Location: Sampford Courtenay, West Devon, Devon, EX20
District: West Devon
Civil Parish: Sampford Courtenay
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Sampford Courtenay St Andrew
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 69 NW
8/125 Ball Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Probably early C16, heavily remodelled and extended in circa early-mid
C17. Plastered cob and rubble walls. Gable ended thatch roof. Brick stack at left
gable end, and rendered axial stack offset from ridge; rear wing has gable end
projecting granite stack with tapering cap.
Plan: Probably originated as 3-room-and-through-passage plan, hall open to the roof
with central hearth. In the circa early-mid C17 a heavy remodelling took place
either at the time that the hall was floored and its axial stack inserted or else
slightly later. This remodelling divided the hall into 2 small rooms, the higher
one an unheated dairy and created a large parlour at the higher end, possibly
extending the house slightly. At the same time or slightly later a rear kitchen
wing was added behind the passage. At an indeterminate date the lower room was
demolished, or much reduced and now consists of a basically 1-storey unheated room,
extended slightly in the C20.
Exterior: 2 storeys. The roof-line drops over the right-hand part of the house,
which is 1 storey. Asymmetrical 2-window front, 5 windows to ground floor. Circa
mid-late C20 1-light casements to right-hand part. To left-hand part on ground
floor are circa early C20 2-light small-paned casements. On first floor is 1 light
C20 casement to the right and late C20 small semi-circular bay window to left
supported on a bracket. The rear elevation has large wing projecting to left and
Cl9 small-paned casements on the back wall.
Interior: at the lower side of the passage is the remains of a plank and muntin
screen with chamfered muntins. The room to the higher side of the passage has a
fireplace with high chamfered wooden lintel and granite jambs. 2 axial beams with
roll mouldings. The parlour has a similar fireplace which has had a cloam oven
inserted into it. Large fireplace with chamfered wooden lintel in rear kitchen. It
also has chamfered cross beams.
Roof: over the hall of main range are 2 original trusses which may be jointed
crucks, 1 of which appears to be slightly smoke-blackened. Its collar is probably a
replacement. The rear wing has a C17 truss with slightly curved feet and dovetail
This is an interesting example of a C16 house heavily remodelled in the C17 to
create a quite different plan from the original.
Listing NGR: SX6260695894
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