Delley Farmhouse Including Garden Wall And Outbuilding Adjoining At The South West

5 Aug 2000
Delley Farmhouse Including Garden Wall And Outbuilding Adjoining At The South West, Yarnscombe, Torridge, 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.

YARNSCOMBE SS 52 SW 3/265 Delley Farmhouse including garden wall and outbuilding adjoining at the south west


Former farmhouse. Circa mid/late C17, possibly a remodelling of an earlier house, 1980s renovations, circa late C19 outbuilding. House stone rubble, the rear wings rendered cob on stone footings; bitumen-painted slate roof; end stacks to main range, end stack to north east wing. Outbuilding stone rubble and framed construction with brick infill and a slate roof, gabled at ends.

Plan: U plan house: the main range facing south, 2 rooms wide with a through passage; rear wings at right angles: a parlour to the north-east, a dairy wing to the north-west with a courtyard between, enclosed by a north wall. It is not clear which of the 2 main range rooms (if either) was the C17 kitchen: possibly the left hand (west) room which has some evidence of a smoking chamber. The north-east room has 2 bread ovens but these may be C18 or C19 additions. A small outshut at the rear of the main range forms a corridor between the wings. A straight stair rises from the through passage adjacent to the right hand (east) room. A stone rubble garden wall adjoins the house at the south west with an outbuilding, built into the slope of the land with loft access on the east side.

Exterior: 2 storeys. Symmetrical 3-bay south (garden) front with a central C19 or early C20 front door, the top panels glazed, and a C19 gabled open timber porch.

Small pane C19 3-light timber casements. The north wall of the rear courtyard has a red tiled pentice, the courtyard has a pitched stone yard. The outbuilding to the south west (function unknown) is of an unusual construction. On the west side stone rubble piers support a slate floor to the loft, the slates support the structure above which is timber frame with brick infill, doorway into the loft in the east side.

Interior: The house, although recently renovated, retains interior features of interest. The left hand room of the main range has an ovolo-moulded scroll-stopped crossbeam with exposed joists, an open fireplace with a chamfered stopped lintel and the remains of what may be a smoking chamber; cream oven on front (south) wall. The right hand room has a re-used crossbeam with exposed joists, the fireplace has been blocked but retains parts of an ovolo-moulded scroll-stopped lintel. The through passage retains a C17 chamfered doorframe to the rear door. The north-east room has a massive chamfered crossbeam, exposed joists, an ovolo-moulded scroll-stopped lintel to the open fireplace and 2 bread ovens. The north-west dairy has closely-spaced crossbeams. On the first floor two 2-panel C18 doors survive.

Roof: Apex not inspected but the north-east wing main trusses have halved collars fixed with wooden pegs. The outbuilding is roofed with pegged tie beam trusses.

Listing NGR: SS5467224543


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

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Photographer: Hilton, Barbara

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