2 3 And 4 Church Lane

13 Oct 1999
2 3 And 4 Church Lane, Swimbridge, North Devon, Devon, EX32 0PW
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

SWIMBRIDGE CHURCH LANE, Swimbridge SS 62 NW 11/188 Nos. 2, 3 and 4 Church Lane


Row of 3 houses, late C15 or early C16 origins, remodelled and extended in C17 and with C20 alterations. Painted rendered stone and cob. Slate roofs with gable ends. Brick stacks to each end of each house and tall lateral rubble stack with drip to front of No.3 and truncated lateral stack to No.4. Complex sequence of plan development. No. 3 appears to contain the hall, through-passage and part of lower end of a typical C17 farmhouse type, with blocked doorways to the upper end of the hall indicating that No.2 probably formed the inner room of the farmhouse, later extended and remodelled into a separate cottage. It is said that No.4 was used within living memory as a shippon and store-shed, fitting well with the overall position as the lower end of the C17 farmhouse. But the roof structure of No.4, which extends as far as the solid cob partition to roof height at the lower end of the through-passage in No.3 in fact illustrates that this formed part of an open-hall house, so that the sequence of development appears to be from right to left with C17 remodelling to the hall and C18 and C19 extension to the inner room.

2 storeys. 7 window range of 2-light casements, 2 panes per light, the left-hand bay breaks forward slightly.

Interior: stop-chamfered beams and most of the original joists survive to hall. 2 raised cruck trusses over No.4 with 2 tiers of threaded purlins and ridge purlin and cranked collars morticed into soffits of the blades, the thorough smoke blackening extending to the, cob-wall partition over the lower end of the through- passage and also fading out to the extreme lower end bay with the truss closest to the right gable end being soot-encrusted on the one face and virtually clean on the other. The truss over the hall reflects the C17 remodelling and has straight heavy principals with a lap-jointed collar.

Listing NGR: SS6208129951


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0003 IOE Records taken by L E Abbott; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr L.E. Abbott. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Abbott, L.E.

Rights Holder: Abbott, L.E.


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