Scoble Farmhouse / Scoble

29 Sep 1999
Scoble Farmhouse, South Pool, South Hams, Devon
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Scoble, South Pool, South Hams, Devon
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

SOUTH POOL SX 73 NE 9/136 Scoble 26.1.67 (formerly listed as Scoble Farmhouse)

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House, formerly farmhouse. Circa 1720 - 40 with early C19 addition. Slatestone rubble walls, more finely jointed to the C18 range. Hipped slate roofs, with sprocketted eaves to the C18 part. Brick stack at either end of it and one to each of the rear wings.

Plan: the earliest surviving part of the house is the single depth early C18 range consisting of 2 slightly asymmetrical rooms with a central stairhall. This must have been built on as a parlour wing to a pre-existing range, through which it was entered. In the early C19 this earlier range was demolished and replaced by 2 parallel wings at right angles to the C18 block. The front one of these wings had an entrance hall to the left and large room to the right. In the rear wing were the kitchen and service rooms.

Exterior; 2 storeys to rear wings, the C18 range is of 5 storeys including a basement and an attic. Symmetrical 4-window garden front to C18 range of late C19 or early C20 4-pane sashes, apart from 2-light casements to the basement. The top storey windows are smaller. Flat stone voussoir arches above windows on 2 principal storeys, slightly cambered arches to basement. The top 2 windows to the left of centre (lighting the staircase) appear to have originally dropped further down. On the basement level the right-hand window opening is blocked and to left of centre is a C20 plank door. Modillion eaves cornice. Right-hand rear wing forms asymmetrical 2-window entrance front. Early C19 12-pane hornless sashes on 1st floor with contemporary 16-pane tripartite sash below to the right. To its left is a porch of the same date although probably glazed later) with a flat roof and corner pilasters and C20 glazed door in the side.

Interior: the C18 range is very complete with good quality fittings. Double doors lead to it from the C19 range. The slightly larger ground floor room has complete original fielded panelling with key fret cornice, incorporating panelled shutters, a pair of doorcases (one blind and purely there for purpose of symmetry) with 6-panelled doors and fireplace with eared architrave. This has a Victorian horseshoe grate and marble surround. To either side of the fireplace the panels are hinged as if for cupboards but there is no recess behind. Contemporary plaster ceiling in a geometric design but with some rather archaic high relief floral and foliage decoration. The smaller ground floor room has a simpler plaster ceiling of central oval with surrounding panels. Early C19 ceiling band and doorcase and Victorian fireplace. The stairhall has 3 pedimented doorcases.

The C18 dogleg staircase rises right to the top of the house and has an open string, carved tread ends, column newel and turned balusters. The ceilings over the staircase and at the base of the stairs have simple C18 plaster decoration.

The principal 1st floor room also has a decorative C18 plaster ceiling, less elaborate than the room below but more so than the smaller ground floor room. It also has panelled shutters and window seats and an C18 wooden chimneypiece with eared architrave and pulvinated frieze. Moulded plaster cornice. The original A- frame trusses also survive.

This is a slightly provincial, but nonetheless interesting example of an early - mid C18 gentleman's house which has a remarkably complete interior and has not suffered from any extreme C20 modernisation.

Listing NGR: SX7601739874


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0089 IOE Records taken by Dorothea Baker; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Ms Dorothea Baker. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Baker, Dorothea

Rights Holder: Baker, Dorothea


Brick, Rubble, Slate, Stone, Stuart Farmhouse, Georgian Domestic, Agricultural Dwelling, Dwelling, House, Agriculture And Subsistence, Farm Building, Agricultural Building