This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.
_ SS84NW PORLOCK CP 2/42 Ash Farmhouse
Farmhouse. C16-C17, altered late C19-early C20. Roughcast over rubble and cob, slate roofs, large lateral stack to right of entrance with bread oven projection, lateral stack end bay left and rising from eaves on wing. L-plan: possible longhouse extended subsequently to 3-cell and cross passage with addition north end, north-east farmbuildings abutting, and south-east wing. One and a half storeys, 2:2 bays, all early C20 casements, 2 dormers left, one right flanking lateral stack, ground floor single storey addition left of entrance beside stack, 2 windows under wooden lintels to right; C19 extension of loft over byre, 3 semi-circular headed openings, central one larger. South gable end, irregular plinth indicating rebuilding of possible agricultural end of farmhouse. Interior: chamfered beams with scroll stops to central room heated by lateral stack, modern grate, very wide through passage now blocked by inserted stair, original cob wall visible in roof space, trusses renewed early C20, part of jointed cruck visible. This is generally believed to be the farm at which Samuel Taylor Coleridge was living when his composition of Kubla Khan was interrupted by the visit from 'the man from Porlock".
Listing NGR: SS8423747815
© Mr R.M Rayner. Source: Historic England Archive
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Photographer: Rayner, R.M
Rights Holder: Rayner, R.M
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