Town Living Farmhouse

25 Oct 1999
Town Living Farmhouse, Puddington, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16 8LP
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

PUDDINGTON PUDDINGTON SS 81 SW 3/217 Town Living Farmhouse - GV II

House, formerly a farmhouse. Probably early C16 with major later C16 and C17 improvements. Plastered cob on rubble footings; stone rubble stacks with plastered C19 or C20 brick chimney stacks; thatched roof. 3-room-and-through-passage plan house facing south-east with inner room at left (south-western) end adjoining No. 1 Withy Windle Cottages (q.v.) Both inner and service end rooms have rear lateral stacks and hall has front lateral stack. C20 stair now blocking rear end of passage. Now 2 storeys. Regular but asymmetrical 4-window front of late C19-early C20 casements with glazing bars. Inserted French windows to former inner room at left end and doorway to former through-passage right of centre. The door is late C19-early C20 with contemporary side lights. Late C19 verandah across front has glass monopitch lean-to roof and rests on plain cast-iron posts. Roof is hipped to right and gable-ended to left joining roof of No. 1 Withy Windle Cottages. Good interior although much of C16 and C17 fabric is hidden behind C20 plasterboard. The oldest features apparent can be seen in roofspace where 3 bays of original early C16 roof survive over hall and inner rooms. The trusses have cambered collars and are probably jointed crucks but lower parts are hidden on first floor. The surviving roof structure and original thatch on rear side are heavily sooted from end to end indicating that the early C16 house was divided by low partition screens and was heated by an open hearth fire. In late C16 the hall-inner room truss was closed and large-framed crosswall is smoke-blackened on hall side only. Whole roof was raised in C19. Inner room has late C16 inserted floor. The axial beam is deeply chamfered with step stops and each end is supported on posts with moulded jowled heads. Small plain rubble fireplace with oak lintel in rear wall is probably C18. Hall has C17 inserted fireplace in front wall of volcanic stone with oak lintel soffit-chamfered with straight cut stops. Early C17 crossbeam flooring hall has a fillet-ogee moulding with late step stops. Service room was refurbished in late C17-early C18 and has plainly finished crossbeam and massive rubble fireplace with brick side oven to left and plain oak lintel. All partitions appear to be C16 or C17 but are clad with C20 plasterboard.

Well-preserved C16 and C17 farmhouse forming an attractive group with adjoining Nos.

1 and 2 Withy Windle Cottages (q.v.).

Listing NGR: SS8332710625


This is part of the Series: IOE01/2255 IOE Records taken by Michael Woodhead; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© 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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