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Higher Cleave Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Offwell, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8011 / 50°48'3"N

Longitude: -3.1336 / 3°8'1"W

OS Eastings: 320207

OS Northings: 100779

OS Grid: ST202007

Mapcode National: GBR LZ.YZXV

Mapcode Global: FRA 46BZ.70P

Plus Code: 9C2RRV28+CG

Entry Name: Higher Cleave Farmhouse

Listing Date: 8 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1333286

English Heritage Legacy ID: 88772

ID on this website: 101333286

Location: East Devon, EX14

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Offwell

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Offwell St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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2/102 Higher Cleave Farmhouse

- II

Farmhouses. C16 and C17 with some C19 and C20 modernisation. Exposed local stone
and flint rubble; stone rubble stacks topped with C20 brick and stone rubble; thatch
roof, corrugated asbestos to rear outshot.
Plan and development: 3-room-and-through-passage plan house facing north-east and
built across a gentle hillslope. At the left (south-east) end there is an inner
room parlour with a gable-end stack and winder or newel stair rising alongside.
Next to it is the hall with an axial stack backing onto the passage and a stair
turret projects to rear. At the right (north-west) end is the service end kitchen
which has a gable end stack. Since no internal inspection was available at the time
of this survey it is not possible to outline the early development of the house.
Nevertheless it seems likely that it was originally some form of open hall house.
The owner reports that the roof timbers are clean and therefore the hall fireplace
is probably an original feature and the farmhouse therefore probably dates from the
mid or late C16. House is 2 storeys with secondary outshots to rear of the passage
and service end kitchen.
Exterior: irregular 5-window front of C20 casements with glazing bars. The passage
front doorway is right of centre and now contains a late C19 part-glazed plank door
with C20 corrugated iron hood. The main roof is gable-ended. In the left end there
is a probably C17 oak-framed tiny stair window containing rectangular panes of
leaded glass.
Interior: was not available for inspection at the time of this survey. However the
owner reports that there remains a great deal of C16 and C17 carpentry detail
including a clean roof carried on jointed cruck trusses. A full internal survey
should be carried out here before any alterations lest C16 or C17 features be
Cleave alias Clive or La Clyve was a Domesday settlement.
Source. Devon SMR.

Listing NGR: ST2020700779

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