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Latitude: 50.5079 / 50°30'28"N
Longitude: -3.6131 / 3°36'47"W
OS Eastings: 285708
OS Northings: 68809
OS Grid: SX857688
Mapcode National: GBR QR.7FC6
Mapcode Global: FRA 37BQ.679
Plus Code: 9C2RG95P+5P
Entry Name: Town Farm Cottage
Listing Date: 17 July 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1334118
English Heritage Legacy ID: 84724
Location: Abbotskerswell, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ12
Civil Parish: Abbotskerswell
Built-Up Area: Abbotskerswell
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Abbotskerswell The Blessed Virgin Mary
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 86 NE ABBOTSKERSWELL MAIN STREET
3/20 Nol. Town Farm Cottage
Cottage, formerly farmhouse. Circa late C15 with C16 and C17 modifications,
extended probably in later C17 and C19. Rendered rubble walls and projecting
lateral stack at front with dripcourse. C20 brick axial stack offset from ridge.
Gable ended thatched roof.
Originally three room and through-passage plan with central hearth and hall and
lower end open to the roof, inner room was either open and subsequently ceiled
before hall or always ceiled. In circa early C16 a floor was inserted over the
lower room and passage projecting partly into the hall on an internal jetty. The
remainder of the hall was probably not ceiled until relatively late in the C17.
Extended at lower end probably in late C17 (now No. 2, q.v.). C19 outshuts added at
rear of hall and lower room. From the evidence of an old photograph, the inner room
was demolished in the circa late C19.
2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window front of C20 2 and 3-light casements with glazing
bars. C20 blockwood door to to right of projecting stack at centre, under wood
Good interior: Preserving a number of early features. Original complete smoke-
blackened roof survives from lower room to inner end of hall. 2 pairs of face
pegged jointed crucks, one which is exposed has one remaining projecting peg with
chamfered edges. Morticed cambered collars and threaded purlins. Square-set ridge
with yoke underneath. At higher end is closed truss with smoke-blackened plaster.
At lower end is short curved hip post. Smoke-blackened common rafters and thatch
also survive, the bottom layer of thatch looks like furze. Hall has internal jetty
over lower end partition consisting of joists with curved ends, chamfered and
stopped at both ends. The partition beneath this is likely to be a concealed plank
and muntin screen from the evidence of a head-beam. The hall cross beams are
relatively late C17 ones, quite closely spaced with scratch moulding at the edges.
The lateral fireplace is blocked but a heavy timber lintel is visible. At the rear
of the hall is a wood newel staircase possibly inserted when the rooms above the
lower end were created as it leads to them. It has a round-headed timber doorway.
The lower room has C19 panelled shutters and cupboard doors.
This building is important both for the particularly well preserved early roof
structure and for the sequence of good quality features which illustrate the
evolution of the medieval house.
Listing NGR: SX8570968788
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