Adders Hole

Adders Hole, Feniton, East Devon, 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.

FENITON SY 19 NW 7/66 Adders Hole 16.5.86 GV II

Small house. Early - mid C17 with circa C18 outshot, minor C19 improvements and renovated in 1985. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings; the original stack is cob, the other is late C19 brick and both are topped with C20 brick; thatch roof.

Plan: 3-room lobby entrance plan house facing south. The central room is the main living room, the hall. It is the largest room and originally was the only heated room. Its axial stack backs onto the right (east) end and it also serves the first floor chamber. The lobby entrance is in front of the stack. A newel stair turret projects to rear of the hall. The right room was later converted to a kitchen with a stack backing onto the cob stack. The left room, the small inner room, was originally unheated but, in the late C19, a rear corner stack was inserted. A C20 stair has been inserted in the front part of this room. 2 storeys with rear lean-to outshot (now used as a kitchen).

Exterior: regular but not symmetrical 3-window front of C20 casements with glazing bars; the first floor windows rise a short distance into the eaves. The lobby entrance front doorway is right of centre and contains a C20 part-glazed door behind a contemporary gabled and thatch-roofed porch. The left end corner is canted. The roof is half-hipped both ends and is carried down over the rear outshot.

Interior: was not available for inspection at the time of this survey but the previous list description contains most of the relevant information. It reported a great deal of original C17 carpentry detail. In the hall the axial crossbeam is chamfered with scroll stops. The fireplace has an oak lintel which is chamfered with a masons mitre to right returning the chamfer down the side of an oak jamb.

The fireplace is now lined with C19 brick and includes an oven. The right room has an axial beam with worn stops. The fireplace here has a heavily cambered oak lintel. At the top of newel stair the wall plate has been cut with the same curved profile as the stairwell. The roof structure has been completely renewed, mostly in the C20 but two C18 trusses with X-apexes remain.

Feniton is an attractive little village containing a good group of listed buildings.

Listing NGR: SY1078199482


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0001 IOE Records taken by Anthony Aaben-Reader; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Anthony Aaben-Reader. Source: Historic England Archive

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Photographer: Aaben-Reader, Anthony

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Plaster, Rubble, Stone, Thatch, Cob, Tudor House, Elizabethan Monument <By Form>, Stuart Domestic, Jacobean Dwelling