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 5/128 - Stone Ash - II
House, formerly a farmhouse. Early-mid C16 with late C16 and C17 improvements, C19 extension, C20 modernisation. Plastered cob and rubble; volcanic rubble and C19 brick stacks; thatched roof. Much altered 3-room-and-cross-or-through-passage plan house facing south-west. Former service room at left (north-west) end and single room addition at right end. Axial stack at lower end of hall and second axial stack serves first floor of extension only. Stair block behind former inner room. Now 2 storeys throughout. Irregular 5-window front of C20 casements of various sizes, none with glazing bars. The thatch lifts over dormer window on left end. Right end windows in C20 bay broken forward from main front. C20 glazed doors. Right door to former service room and left door with C20 hipped and slate roofed porch to former inner room. The 2-light window to right of service room door apparently blocks a former door. The roof is gable-ended to right and hipped to left. The hall stack has its original volcanic stone chimney shaft raised with C19 brick.
Good interior of a multi-phase structure, although difficult in interpret. The oldest part is the early-mid C16 roof over the hall. It is carried on a side-pegged jointed cruck truss with threaded purlins, some common rafters survive and pegged batons. It is smoke-blackened indicating that the hall, at least, was open to the roof and heated by an open hearth fire. The thick cob crosswall between the hall and inner room may indicate that the inner room was added. The axial beam here is late C16-early C17, deeply chamfered with late step stops. Hall fireplace is mid- late C17; it has volcanic rubble sides and an oak lintel, chamfered with straight cut stops, and includes an inserted brick oven. The hall was floored about the same time. The crossbeam and lintels of the window embrasure and blocked door are ovolo- moulded with scroll-nick stops. The house then had a lobby entrance plan. Service room has late C16-early C17 chamfered and step-stopped crossbeam but was apparently extended, reroofed and converted to agricultural use in the C18. It was part- floored until C20 modernisation. Roof here of plain A frames with pegged lap- jointed collars. When rear wall was stripped circa 1970 no evidence was found for a rear passage door. An unusual farmhouse with interesting development.
Listing NGR: SS7920908096
© Michael Woodhead. Source: Historic England Archive
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Photographer: Woodhead, Michael
Rights Holder: Woodhead, Michael
Cob, Plaster, Rubble, Thatch, Medieval Farmhouse, Tudor Domestic, Elizabethan Agricultural Dwelling, Dwelling, House, Agriculture And Subsistence, Farm Building, Agricultural Building, Cross Passage House, Monument (By Form), Open Hall House, Hall House
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