This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.
MORCHARD BISHOP SS 70 NE 5/132 - Wigham Farmhouse including outbuilding adjoining to north- west - II
House, former farmhouse and adjoining outbuilding, former barn and shippon with layloft over. Mid C17 farmhouse with C20 extension; C19 barn and shippon.
Plastered cob on rubble footings; rubble stacks topped with plastered brick; thatched roof to farmhouse, corrugated iron to outbuildings. Long range overlooking valley to south-west comprising farmhouse to right and former barn to left and with shippon block at right angles projecting forward from left (north-west) end. 4-room plan to farmhouse with dairy at left end, service room left of centre, hall right of centre and inner room at right end. Now single storey C20 extension on right end.
Service room has large lateral stack projecting to rear and large axial stack to hall backing onto service room. Apparently original central door gives a lobby entrance plan. Newel turret projecting to rear of hall. 2 storeys. Overall 7 window front of late C19 and C20 casements with glazing bars or applied lead, mainly circa 1980 PVC casements to farmhouse. The 5 first floor windows to farmhouse have thatched eyebrows over, C20 French window left of farmhouse centre and late C19 gabled dormer to former barn. Both doors have porches with gabled thatched roofs; C19 or possibly earlier porch to main door and C20 open sided porch to dairy. Roof is gabled to right with hipped roof to C20 extension and hipped roof to former shippon. Both stacks have original plastered rubble chimney shafts now extended with brick. Rear of inner room has an C18 2-light flat-faced mullion window with 2 vertical iron bars each and containing small rectangular panes of leaded glass.
Good interior. Dairy and inner room have plain carpentry detail. Service room has a chamfered and scroll-stopped cross beam but fireplace was rebuilt in C20. Hall has chamfered and straight cut-stopped cross beam, a massive stone fireplace with chamfered and scroll-stopped lintel and a bread oven of early brick with stone doorway to right, an oak plank-and-muntin screen with chamfered and runout-stopped posts to inner room, and cream oven alcove in front wall. Original stairhead lobby with round-headed arch to inner room chamber and oak doorframes with chamfered and scroll-stopped surrounds to hall and service room chambers. Original roof carried on A-frame trusses with unusually-shaped dovetail lap-jointed collars. Interior of barn shows blocking of large opposing doorways and shippon has plain chamfered crossbeams and some reused C17 roof members in the present late C19 - early C20 roof. Interesting and well preserved single phase farmhouse.
Listing NGR: SS7567008794
© Michael Woodhead. Source: Historic England Archive
This photograph was taken for the Images of England project
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Photographer: Woodhead, Michael
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