Lower Delworthy

5 Aug 2000
Lower Delworthy, Yarnscombe, Torridge, Devon, EX31 3LT
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

YARNSCOMBE SS 52 SE 3/271 Lower Delworthy - II

House. Late medieval with circa early C17 alterations and extension. Colourwashed and rendered, probably cob on stone footings; thatched roof with a plain ridge, gabled at ends; left end stack, front lateral stack to left of centre, stack to outshut.

Plan: Single depth main range, 3 rooms wide with a later rear outshut. The 2 right hand rooms originated as a 2 room plan medieval open hall house, open from end to end, presumably with a passage entrance, lower end to the right. The lower end of the house was floored first, the hall later with the front lateral stack added. The left hand room is a C17 addition with a rear stair outshut, the addition of which has involved breaking through the end wall of the earlier house. The lower end room appears to have been slightly truncated.

Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window front with a C20 lean-to porch to left of centre, directly into the centre room. C20 fenestration of 2-light timber casements.

Interior: The centre room has chamfered stopped crossbeams and both stacks have chamfered stopped lintels, the jambs of the left hand fireplace have been rebuilt.

C17 chamfered stopped doorframe to the stair on the first floor.

Roof: The medieval roof structure survives intact, complete with sooted thatch and battens. The main trusses have principals with curved feet, peaked collars mortised into the principals which are mortised at the apex with a diagonally-set ridge. The thick crosswall marking the left end of the medieval house is sooted on the right side and the closed truss between the higher and lower ends of the medieval house is sooted on the left side. A vertical post in this truss is sooted on both sides, suggesting a partial infill of the truss before it was closed completely. There is no main truss over the left end room but the scantling of the purlins suggests a late C17 date.

A traditional house of medieval origins. The completeness of the medieval roof is of especial interest.

Listing NGR: SS5465123846


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0990 IOE Records taken by Barbara Hilton; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Dr Barbara Hilton. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Hilton, Barbara

Rights Holder: Hilton, Barbara


Cob, Render, Stone, Thatch, Timber, Medieval Open Hall House, Tudor Monument <By Form>, Elizabethan Hall House, House, Domestic, Dwelling