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Godford Farmhouse and House Adjoining at the South

A Grade II Listed Building in Awliscombe, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8129 / 50°48'46"N

Longitude: -3.2379 / 3°14'16"W

OS Eastings: 312882

OS Northings: 102213

OS Grid: ST128022

Mapcode National: GBR LV.Y3HY

Mapcode Global: FRA 463Y.GD2

Plus Code: 9C2RRQ76+5R

Entry Name: Godford Farmhouse and House Adjoining at the South

Listing Date: 27 January 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1333768

English Heritage Legacy ID: 87025

Location: Awliscombe, East Devon, Devon, EX14

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Awliscombe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Awliscombe St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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5/23 Godford Farmhouse and house
- adjoining at the south


House, divided into 2. Late C17 or early C18 with later alterations, the south half
said to have been restored in the 1950s after a period of dereliction. Flemish bond
hand made brick on a stone rubble plinth, rendered on the south (left) part of the
house; slate roof, hipped at ends; 2 axial brick stacks, axial stack to rear left
Plan: U plan: a single-depth east facing main range end on to the road, probably 3
rooms wide originally, with rear left (south-west) and right (north-west) wings at
right angles. The late C17/early C18 plan was altered when the house was divided and
there are various new partitions, but the original arrangement seems to have been 3
principal rooms in the main range with a rear left (south) service wing including the
kitchen. The function of the unheated rear right (north) wing is unclear, it may
have been a dairy. A peculiarity of the house is the existence of good quality
moulded beams in both rear wings but not in the main range - perhaps the beams, which
are incomplete, have been re-used from an earlier C17 house on the site. The present
entrance is into the rear right wing, in the north side, this leads into an entrance
hall containing the stair, the stair is said to have been turned through 90: A
probably C19 or later outshut between the wings partly covers what was probably the
original service yard between the wings. The house has been divided almost directly
down the middle, cutting the centre rooms on the ground and first floor in half.
Exterior: 2 storeys. The original symmetry of the east front has been slightly
altered following the renovations to the south end but the original design is still
clear. 7-bay front with left and right pilasters, the centre 3 bays broken forward.
The left hand half of the front is, regrettably, rendered and the left hand bay of
the centre 3 has been modified. 2-light C20 casement windows, the right hand windows
timber with glazing bars, the left-hand 1950s metal windows with small panes. The
right return (the north west wing, Godford Farmhouse) has a C20 door to the left
flanked by 1-light windows with segmental arches. The brick lintels are machine-made
and the doorway and windows may be a C19 alteration 3-light segmental arched window
to the right with a probably C20 timber casement with glazing bars; 2 first floor 3-
light casements with small panes, possibly C18.
Interior: Both rear wings have richly moulded beams, originally part of intersecting
beamed ceiling. Presumably these are re-used, perhaps reflecting the low status
accorded to exposed carpentry when the house was built. 2 chamfered beams also
survive in Godford Farmhouse, one to the rear wing and one to the stair hall.
Godford Farmhouse also perserves a number of 2-panel doors, probably early C18, both
on the ground and first floor. The fireplace of the centre room is in Godford
Farmhouse, it has a cambered chamfered timber lintel. The stair has an open string,
turned balusters and a flat handrail. It is also probably early C18 and now faces
the entrance, it is said to have been moved. The attic in Godford Farmhouse (and
possibly throughout the range) was formerly floored and has a substantial stair
rising to it. Presumably it was used for storage or service accommodation. The
adjoining house was a partly blocked fireplace with a chamfered lintel in the rear
wing, this may be the original kitchen.
Roof: A-frame trusses, halved at the apex, the collars nailed on to the principals.
3 large man-made pits survive on the farmstead which is very short of natural stone,
(information from Mr Lawrence, the farmer), these may be brick pits.
Early C18 or earlier brick houses are uncommon in Devon. Another, probably late C17
example survives in Awliscombe parish (Losses Farmhouse, q.v.).
Group value with a brick stable to the north east.

Listing NGR: ST1288202213

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