Shortridge Farmhouse Including Barn Adjoining At North East

5 Aug 2000
Shortridge Farmhouse Including Barn Adjoining At North East, 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 3/274 Shortridge Farmhouse including barn - adjoining at north east


Farmhouse and adjoining barn. House probably C16 in origin but remodelled in the circa mid/late C17, late C20 refenestration. Barn probably C18. Roughly-dressed stone rubble farmhouse; corrugated asbestos roof (formerly thatched), gabled at ends; front lateral stack and projecting end stacks, all with tall stone shafts. Stone rubble barn with a slate roof, gabled at ends.

Plan: The east-facing farmhouse is a 3 room and cross passage plan with a rear centre additions, inner room kitchen to the left (south) hall in the centre, heated from the front lateral stack with a dairy and stair to the rear. The lower (north) end room (not seen at time of survey 1988) is probably a parlour. The left hand end of the house has a lower roofline and earlier roof structure. The hall, passage and lower end have been extended at the rear to accommodate the dairy and stair which have mid/late C17 doorframes, and the house has been re-roofed with a higher ridge- line to span these rear additions. C20 alterations have been a matter of plastering over original features which still survive, and re-fenestration involving the alteration of several window embrasures. The barn adjoining at the north east at right angles is rectangular with a central entrance.

Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window front, the roofline lower at the left end. C20 2-leaf glazed front door to the cross passage to right of centre, a C20 single-storey flat-roofed porch room adjoins the front at the left. C20 timber small pane casement windows, some with altered embrasures. The rear elevation has about 1 metre of cob below the eaves. The barn adjoining at the north-east has a central doorway with cheeks and a segmental red brick arch.

Interior: C20 ceilings conceal the carpentry which is said to survive on the ground floor. The left end kitchen fireplace has been concealed but retains a massive timber lintel and bread ovens (information from owner) and the lintel and jambs of the hall fireplace are also said to survive below the present, smaller opening. C17 doorframes to the dairy (which opens off the hall) and the staircase which has oak treads. Oak joists of stout scantling to the attic, which formerly had a floor and retains a blocked window in the right (north) gable end. Interior of barn not inspected.

Roof: The 2 pegged trusses over the left (south) and have halved downward-curving collars with a slight chamfer. The other trusses, which are numbered, are also oak, and pegged with butt collars. Posts rise from a decayed wall plate on the earlier rear wall to support the trusses spanning the extra width across the dairy and stair.

The 2 buildings form a good group.

Listing NGR: SS5429424936


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

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