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A Grade II Listed Building in Southleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7324 / 50°43'56"N

Longitude: -3.142 / 3°8'31"W

OS Eastings: 319502

OS Northings: 93150

OS Grid: SY195931

Mapcode National: GBR PC.496B

Mapcode Global: FRA 4794.PRQ

Plus Code: 9C2RPVJ5+W6

Entry Name: Eppitts

Listing Date: 8 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1333310

English Heritage Legacy ID: 88799

Location: Southleigh, East Devon, Devon, EX24

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Southleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Southleigh St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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5/127 Eppitts

- II
Farmhouse. Early - mid C16 with major later C16 and C17 improvements, thoroughly
renovated circa 1970. Plastered local stone and flint rubble including sections of
cob; the hall stack is Beerstone ashlar with an ashlar chimneyshaft, the others are
stone rubble stacks topped with C20 brick; corrugated iron roof, formerly thatch.
Plan and development: originally this was a 3-room-and-through-passage plan house
but now the front passage doorway is block. The house is built on a gentle
hillslope facing west-south-west, say west. Uphill at the left (north) end is the
former inner room, the present kitchen, with a gable-end stack. Next to it is the
hall with projecting rear lateral stack. At the right (south) end is the service
end room with a gable-end stack; this was formerly the kitchen.
Although the roof timbers are clean the owner reports finding heavily sooted walls
during renovation work indicating that the original house was open to the roof,
divided by low partitions and heated by an open hearth fire. The lower passage
screen might be an original low partition. The hall stack was inserted in the mid-
late C16 and the kitchen stack is probably late C16 - early C17. The house was
progressively floored over from the mid C16 - early C17. The roof appears to be a
replacement of the original; it is probably late C16 - early C17. The inner room
stack is a C20 insertion. Also in the C20 the passage front doorway was blocked and
a new front doorway inserted into the inner room. House is 2 storeys.
Exterior: irregular 4-window front of circa 1970 casements without glazing bars.
The present front doorway is at the left end and contains a C20 door behind a
contemporary porch. The roof is gable-ended. Similar C20 windows to rear.
Interior: the inner room has a circa 1970 replacement crossbeam and contemporary
spiral staircase. In the hall the 2 richly-moulded axial beams remain from 2 late
C16 - early C17 9-panel intersecting beam ceiling. The crosspieces have been
removed. The fireplace here has a chamfered oak lintel with a mantelshelf carved
out of the solid and its coved soffit enriched with a series of carved fourleaf
motifs. This attractive feature is a very rare survival. The lower (service room
side) passage partition is a possibly original oak plank-and-muntin screen which
includes a shoulder-headed doorway. No beam in the former kitchen but the fireplace
here is stone rubbble with a plain-chamfered oak lintel and it includes an oven and
the large cupboard entered through the right-hand cheek is probably a former walk-in
curing chamber. The roof is carried on a series of clean side-pegged jointed cruck

Listing NGR: SY1950293150

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