Higher Brook Farmhouse

21 Mar 2003
Higher Brook Farmhouse, Tedburn St Mary, Teignbridge, 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.


3/69 Higher Brook Farmhouse

- II

Farmhouse. Early C17 or earlier, extension the circa late C17/early C18, some late C18 refurbishing. Whitewashed rendered cob; thatched roof gabled at ends; front lateral stack with set-offs and tall shaft, rear left lateral stack, rear centre lateral stack heating rear lean-to.

Rear courtyard plan; the main range has a rear right wing; a rear block parallel to the main range is now in use as a store, a rear left wall completes the rear courtyard. Complex evolution. The main range is likely to be medieval in origin but there is no access to the roofspace which might prove this. The post-medieval sequence of development is probably as follows: firstly, a 3-room and through passage plan of the early C17 with the hall heated from the front lateral stack, a narrow unheated inner room to the right and a lower end room which may have been unheated.

A winder stair to the rear of the hall gave access to first floor room right. There is some evidence that the rear block, across the courtyard was an early/mid C17 kitchen (stack now dismantled). In the circa late C17 a second stair was inserted in the rear of the passage and probably a little later the rear right wing was added providing additional accommodation. In the circa late C18 the lower end room was refurbished as a parlour heated from a rear lateral stack. A single-storey lean-to to the rear rear of the main range is also probably C18.

2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4-window front with the thatch eaves eyebrowed over 3 first floor gabled dormers. Front door to passage to left of centre in a chamfered doorframe under a gabled porch carried on posts, front lateral stack to right of front door, 2-light mullioned casement window between stack and front door. The remaining windows are 2-, 3- and 4-light casements, 3 panes per light, the hall window 4-light. Cob walls to the left and right of the garden in front of the house are capped with tiles.

Interior A number of interesting features survive. The hall has a chamfered cross beam with step ogee stops with notches, C20 grate to fireplace probably concealing earlier features. The doorway to the rear stair is chamfered with stopped jambs and a cranked lintel, pegged doorway in solid wall partition to inner room. The stair to the rear of the passage has a late C17 balustrade of splat balusters. The lower end room has a plastered cross beam and a circa late C18 moulded plaster cornice. No access to roofspace at time of survey (1985) but a medieval roof structure may exist, 2 curved principal rafters visible in the first floor room centre are probably jointed crucks. The rear block, formerly thatched, now has a single pitch corrugated asbestos roof. The ground floor has a 4-light mullioned window (blocked) to the courtyard and a chamfered timber window frame (mullions missing) to the rear. The interior of the building is part floored; smoke staining on the right gable end wall suggests that there was formerly a massive stack the full width of the building.

A good example of a cob and thatch house of the region, conspicuous from the road.

Listing NGR: SX8012791742


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0768 IOE Records taken by Peter Funnell; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Peter Funnell. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Funnell, Peter

Rights Holder: Funnell, Peter


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