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Lower Alsworthy Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Bradworthy, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8799 / 50°52'47"N

Longitude: -4.4265 / 4°25'35"W

OS Eastings: 229396

OS Northings: 111742

OS Grid: SS293117

Mapcode National: GBR K7.SVWN

Mapcode Global: FRA 16MS.1BL

Entry Name: Lower Alsworthy Farmhouse

Listing Date: 14 February 1958

Last Amended: 18 December 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1326631

English Heritage Legacy ID: 91907

Location: Bradworthy, Torridge, Devon, EX22

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Bradworthy

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bradworthy St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


5/6 Lower Alsworthy Farmhouse
(formerly listed as
Alfardisworthy Farm)


Farmhouse. C16, possible longhouse on site of earlier medieval dwelling, north-east wing added C18
when interior renovated, reroofed C18/19, roof over east end of north-east wing raised
C19/ C20 and south end wall partly rebuilt, C20 addition at rear. Plan: site slopes down
to south, possible longhouse of 2 units separated by wide through passage extended with
north-east staircase wing set at right angles, linked by later addition, main block
extended at rear. Random rubble local stone, left return (south) partly roughcast, large
stone slates to roofs, roof raised over end bay section of facade of north-east wing
resulting in a shallower pitch, hipped left return (south) with brick stack, C19 brick
stack to right of entrance and east wing gable end - originally external but now buried
in lower section of wall which projects out. 2 storeys, 4:1:1 bays, main block first
floor all 2-light sliding sash windows, re-entrant angle of wing original window
openings, late C20 window to stair, large 2-light casement below eaves right, ground
floor C20 window to right, also in end bays of main block, sash window with single
vertical glazing bar to right of wide doorframe, 6-panel door with narrow rectangular
upper panels filled with glass. Interior: load-bearing wall to left of through passage,
lower end with remains of large open fireplace and recess in gable end, to right of
through passage large fireplace blocked by modern grate, very roughly chamfered beam
with minimal stops and adze marks, remants of moulded C18 cornice in north-east corner
of room and also to north above cupboard recess set with C18 doors: thick north wall;
steps up to wing with remains of early C18 panelling against east wall, modern
chimneypiece, good bolection moulded architrave to doorframe on room side; numerous
changes of level on upper floor but otherwise featurelss apart from bases of roof
trusses. Roof: 3 pairs of collarbeam trusses with curved collars visible to north of
central stack, probably C18/C19, with evidence of earlier roof truss chopped off beside
central truss. The beam in the centre room probably inserted when the room plastered in
C18. The farm belonged to Torre Abbey and deserves further investigation. (D.Seymour,
Torre Abbey, 1977)

Listing NGR: SS2939611742

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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