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Latitude: 50.7617 / 50°45'42"N
Longitude: -3.3513 / 3°21'4"W
OS Eastings: 304787
OS Northings: 96662
OS Grid: SY047966
Mapcode National: GBR P5.VDHG
Mapcode Global: FRA 37W2.D5K
Entry Name: Lower Woodhayes Farmhouse
Listing Date: 24 October 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1333756
English Heritage Legacy ID: 86959
Location: Whimple, East Devon, Devon, EX5
District: East Devon
Civil Parish: Whimple
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Whimple St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SY 09 NW
5/204 Lower Woodhayes Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Early C16 with major later C16 and C17 improvements, renovated in the
late C19. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings; brick stacks and chimney-shafts;
slate roof, formerly thatch.
Plan and development: 3-room-and-through-passage plan house facing south. At the
right (east) end is an unheated inner room, originally some kind of service room.
Next to it is the hall with an axial stack backing onto the passage. The passage is
relatively wide and contains the C19 main staircase. Lower end parlour with a
projecting gable-end stack.
The early C16 house was apparently open to the roof from end to end, was divided by
low partition screens and heated by an open hearth fire. Probably in the mid C16
the inner room and lower ends were floored over and full height crosswalls erected.
The open hearth was still in operation then since the hall sides of these crosswalls
are smoke-blackened. It seems likely that a hall stack was inserted in the late C16
-early C17 but there is no evidence for one that early. The present hall stack is
built of brick. It is late C17 and probably associated with the flooring of the
hall. It also seems that at this time the inner room and lower end rooms were
widened to rear. Maybe the outshots to rear of the hall and passage date from the
same time. The lower end stack is of uncertain date. House is 2 storeys.
Exterior: irregular 3-window front of C19 and C20 casements with glazing bars. The
passage front doorway is left of centre and it contains a late C19 part-glazed 6-
panel door behind a contemporary gabled porch; timber-framed on brick footings,
ornamental grilles each side and cusped bargeboards. The main roof is gable-ended.
Interior: is largely the result of an apparently superficial late C19
modernisation. Both fireplaces are blocked and no carpentry is exposed in the inner
and lower end rooms. A short section of an oak plank-and-muntin screen is exposed
on the lower side of the passage. The hall crossbeam has double-ovolo mouldings
with runout stops. 3-bay roof is carried on large scantling side-pegged jointed
crucks and all the timbers are heavily sooted from the original open hearth fire.
Source: Exeter Museums Archaelogical Field Unit archive includes a measured ground
plan and long section made in February 1979 by John R L Thorp.
Listing NGR: SY0478796662
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