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Keveral Barton

A Grade II* Listed Building in St. Martin-by-Looe, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.3717 / 50°22'18"N

Longitude: -4.3954 / 4°23'43"W

OS Eastings: 229753

OS Northings: 55169

OS Grid: SX297551

Mapcode National: GBR NJ.TYM3

Mapcode Global: FRA 18P1.TPX

Entry Name: Keveral Barton

Listing Date: 21 August 1964

Last Amended: 18 December 1985

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1329284

English Heritage Legacy ID: 60738

Location: St. Martin-by-Looe, Cornwall, PL13

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: St. Martin-by-Looe

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Martin with St Nicholas, Looe

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text


4/79 Keveral Barton (formerly listed
21.8.64 as Keveral


Possibly remains of much larger house with present Barton originally forming front
range of courtyard complex. Later remodelled and used as Barton and now private
house. Circa C16, remodelled in mid C17 with circa C18 and C19 extensions.
Rendered stone rubble and cob with slate roof with gable ends. Gabled rear wing on
left and half-hipped rear wing on right. Projecting stone rubble rendered chimney
stack on left-hand gable end and rendered stone end stack, later axial stack, to a
right of centre. Room added on right-hand gable end in circa early C19, heated by
rear lateral rendered chimney stack. Rendered rear lateral stack on left heating
rear wing.
Possibly originally part of much larger range, probably arranged around courtyard.
However, although there is evidence of a cobbled yard together with foundations of
probably early buildings to rear, the arrangement of the earlier plan is uncertain.
Keveral Barton was probably the front range with a wide through passage leading into
the courtyard. The range was probably remodelled in the mid C17 when the 2 room and
wide central through passage plan was remodelled to form a 3-room plan. The thick
walls flanking the passage were retained and further partitions were inserted to form
a wide entrance hall and dairy to rear within passage. In circa mid C18 a further
wing was added to rear on left and in circa early C19 the main range was extended on
the right-hand gable end with a further room heated by a rear lateral stack. In
circa mid C19 a stair was inserted in the left-hand rear wing and a rear wing was
added on the right, forming an overall asymmetrical U-shaped plan. In circa late
C19/C20 a glazed outshut was added in the angle to the rear of the blocked through
2 storeys, symmetrical 3-window front later extended on right-hand gable end. Ground
floor with 2 early C19 16-pane hornless sashes flanking wide central C16 entrance
with granite segmental, almost 3-centred arch with heavy rollmould; Ornate carved
spandrels, differing in pattern, with hoodmould, carved label stops and C20 double
door within. In extension to right, C19 4-pane sash. First floor with 3 early C19
hornless sashes. Deep moulded cornice above terminating at junction with extension
on right. Rear elevation with blocked entrance to through passage. Granite
segmental, almost 3-centred chamfered arch of similar width to that on front with
simple stops, carved spandrels and hoodmould.
Interior Wide through passage blocked by later inserted partitions comprising wide
entrance hall with dairy to rear. Thick walls flanking passage. Left-hand room with
plastered ceiling and fireplace with renewed lintel. Owners suggest that evidence of
a smoking oven and turretted stair was discovered during work to the left-hand gable
end. High quality circa late C17 fielded panelled door to rear of left-hand room.
C19 softwood simple stair in rear projecting wing.
Roof of remodelled C16 range of 7 bays with circa mid C17 roof trusses, morticed at
apex. Collars part halved, lapped and pegged onto face of principals. Full set of
carpenters marks. 2 heavy tie beams above through passage partitions with closed
truss above right-hand partition. Extended range on right-hand gable end divided by
circa C16 gable end wall. 2 C19 trusses in extension.
Owners suggest that some features may have been removed from the house during the
1960s when the house lay vacant. However, they have discovered the existence several
interesting features during alterations including a 2-light probably ovolo-moulded
timber mullion window in the rear elevation. This has remained blocked by a C19
The evolution of the plan of Keveral Barton is especially interesting and
archaeological excavation may reveal further information relating to the plan.
Ancient seat of Keverells later passing to the Langdon family. In 1628 Walter
Langdon was committed to the tower. In the early C18 Keveral passed into the hands
of the Bullers of Shillingham when John Buller, who had already inherited the manor
of Morval (qv) through his first wife, married Anne, heiress of Langdon. In the mid
C18 James Buller married the heiress of William Gould of Downes near Crediton and
the family made Downes their principal seat keping Bartons of Morval, Keveral and
Golden (qv Golden Manor, Probus) in their own hands and maintaining Morval House as
their Cornish residence.
Farm accounts survive for Keveral Barton 1752-65 in Cornwall County Record Office
(CRO BU 65).
See 'Barton Farming in Eighteenth Century Cornwall', N.J.G. Pounds Journal of the
Royal Institution of Cornwall, New series Vol VII, part 1, 1973, 55-75.

Listing NGR: SX2781955396

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