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Latitude: 50.8909 / 50°53'27"N
Longitude: -4.0947 / 4°5'41"W
OS Eastings: 252767
OS Northings: 112247
OS Grid: SS527122
Mapcode National: GBR KP.S2JD
Mapcode Global: FRA 269R.BKZ
Entry Name: Three Chimneys
Listing Date: 16 February 1989
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1326589
English Heritage Legacy ID: 91768
Location: Merton, Torridge, Devon, EX20
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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22/153 Three Chimneys
House. Circa mid C17 possibly a remodelling of an earlier house. Rendered cob and
rubble walls. Thatch roof gabled to left end and rear wing, hipped to right end.
Brick stack at right-hand end and one on each gable end.
Plan: L-shaped plan with 2 rooms at the front either side of a cross passage and a
further room behind the left-hand side. It is unusual for a small house such as this
to have 3 heated rooms and it is reputed to have once been 3 cottages but this was
probably a secondary arrangement. The house is unlikely to have been built in its
present form and the rear wing was probably an addition - however it shares the C17
roof structure of the front range which suggests that the whole building may have
been remodelled at that date. This is substantiated by the survival of an apparently
earlier roof truss at one end of the front range. A C19 or early C20 outshut was
added behind the right-hand end.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3 window front. On first floor are 2 circa mid
C20 2-light casements to left and right below eyebrows in the thatch with a small
C19 leaded 2-light casement between them. Below are 3 late C20 small-paned casements
and C20 plank door to left of centre. Wing extends behind left-hand end with outshut
Interior: Closely-spaced narrow-chamfered joists in right-hand room and rear wing.
Each of the fireplaces has a roughly chamfered wooden lintel with run-out stops.
Cloam oven with door in left-hand fireplace.
Roof: The roof construction over main range and rear wing is of raised crucks with
purlins and evidence of collars halved on with dovetail joints. However, towards the
left end the rear blade of what might be an earlier truss survives very close to
another truss with the mortice for a removed collar.
Listing NGR: SS5276712247
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