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Greatwood Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Merton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8971 / 50°53'49"N

Longitude: -4.0672 / 4°4'2"W

OS Eastings: 254720

OS Northings: 112877

OS Grid: SS547128

Mapcode National: GBR KQ.RX1D

Mapcode Global: FRA 26CQ.WTV

Plus Code: 9C2QVWWM+R4

Entry Name: Greatwood Farmhouse

Listing Date: 16 February 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1326586

English Heritage Legacy ID: 91755

Location: Merton, Torridge, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Merton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Merton All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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11/139 Greatwood Farmhouse

Farmhouse. Circa mid to later C17 with C19 additions and alteration. Stone rubble
walls. Gable ended slate roof. Rubble rear lateral stack and one at right gable
Plan: 3 room and through passage plan but lower room to right appears always to have
been parlour, hall probably also functioned as a kitchen with rear lateral fireplace
and inner room was unheated service room. The front door opens directly against a
straight run staircase with the through passage to the left of it - it is possible
that this unusual arrangement may be original but it seems more likely to be the
result of C19 modifications. 2 C19 outshuts added at rear.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 5 window front of wooden mullion ovolo-moulded
windows - 3-light on first floor 4-light below. To all appearances these seem to be
C17 but it is possible that they have restored in the C19. The only exception is an
C18 3-light leaded pane casement to left of centre on first floor. First floor
windows have wooden hoodmoulds over with decorative labels. Stone hoodmoulds over
ground floor windows. The window over the porch is blocked but still has its
hoodmould. C19 gabled stone porch with segmental arch, behind it is C19 plank door
in probably C17 double ovolo-moulded wooden doorframe.
Interior: No early features visible apart from in the right-hand ground floor room
which has a good later C17 decorative plaster ceiling consisting of central oval
trailing vine garland with ribbed panels in corners and a bold cornice of acanthus
leaves. There are the remains of a plaster overmantle of which the central device
has been removed leaving a pilaster to each side and cornice above. Other features
may have been concealed by C19 modernization.
This is an interesting example of an apparently single phase mid-later C17 house with
a slight variation on the conventional plan form and preserving a very traditional

Listing NGR: SS5472012877

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