Mill House

13 Oct 1999
Mill House, Swimbridge, North Devon, Devon, EX32 0PR
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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 SWIMBRIDGE SS 63 SW 8/209 Mill House 25.2.65 II

House Probably early C16 altered in C17 and again in C20. Colourpainted rendered stone and cob. Asbestos slate roof with gable ends. Tall rubble lateral hall stack to front with drip and offsets, heightened in brick. Brick shaft to rear heating lower end. 3-room through-passage plan, formerly open hall house with floor inserted in C17 when a projecting rounded stair turret was added to the rear of the hall. 2 storeys. 2 window range of 2 light casements, 6 panes per light to left, 2 panes per light to right. Gabled slated porch to through-passage. Old 9 paned fixed light inserted in angle of right side of stack overlooking doorway.

C20 3-light hall window 3 panes per light and stable door at left end. Small 2- light timber mullion window with semi-circular arched heads to each light.

Interior: C17 chamfered door surround and old plank door to upper end of first floor corridor. Original joists and stop-chamfered beam survive to hall and inner room. Single raised cruck truss survives over lower end of hall with smoke- blackening extending over the lower end to the single tier of surviving threaded purlins and diagonally threaded ridge purlins. The collar to the truss is plastered over but appears to be slightly cranked and morticed and tenoned into the soffits of each of the blades. The upper end/hall division is created from a solid cob wall partition rising to full height with no apparent smoke-blackening to the original roof structure beyond the partition, suggesting that inner room and upper chamber are possibly C17 additions.

Listing NGR: SS6215230061


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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