The Barn

1 Aug 2006
The Barn, Bicton, East Devon, Devon, EX9 7BP
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

BICTON YETTINGTON SY 08 NE 3/24 The Barn - - II House, former farmhouse and adjoining stables. Mid C16, altered in the C17 and C19.

Plastered cob on stone rubble footings, some repairs in brick and stone rubble; one stone rubble stack with a late C19 chimney shaft topped by a contemporary Rolle Estate chimney pot, another C20 brick stack; thatch roof.

L-shaped building with the main block facing west and having a 3-room plan. The largest room at the right (southern) end has a large projecting front lateral stack.

The small middle room has an inserted C20 axial stack. The C17 and C19 alterations have combined to make an interpretation of the original layout impossible at present.

On the left (northern) end the C17 stable block projects forward. The house is 2 storeys.

Irregular 2-window front between the projecting stack and stable block. The windows are late C18-early C19 oak-framed casements containing rectangular panes of thin leaded glass. The first floor windows extend a short distance into the eaves.

Central doorway contains a C20 plank door. The stack contains a small fire window.

The inner side of the stable contains a central late C19-early C20 plank door flanked by an unglazed C19 window frame and a C20 fixed pane window. The main roof is gable-ended to right and hipped to left and is higher to right than left. The stable is even lower and gable-ended. The rear elevation has C20 casements with glazing bars to the ground floor but has some more late C18-early C19 oak-framed casements with leaded glass to the first floor.

Interior: in the large right end room the crossbeam is boxed in and the fireplace is blocked. Only in the left end room does structural carpentry show, a late C16-early C17 soffit-chamfered and step stopped crossbeam. The lower left end section of the roof is also early. The 3-bay section has 2 side-pegged jointed cruck trusses. They are very dark which may be smoke-blackening from an original open hearth fire. The taller right end section is inaccessible although the feet of the principals suggest a C17 A-frame truss here. The stable block still has a pitched cobble floor and is open to the C17 roof which is carried on 2 A-frame trusses with pegged lap-jointed collars.

At present it is very difficult to interpret the development of this farmhouse.

Care should be taken during any modernisation work lest C16 or C17 features be disturbed.

Listing NGR: SY0509985821


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0143 IOE Records taken by Steve Beck; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Steve Beck. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Beck, Steve

Rights Holder: Beck, Steve


Brick, Cob, Plaster, Rubble, Stone, Thatch, Timber, Medieval Farmhouse, Tudor Domestic, Elizabethan Agricultural Dwelling, Dwelling, House, Agriculture And Subsistence, Farm Building, Agricultural Building, Cruck House, Monument <By Form>, Timber Framed House, Timber Framed Building, Stable, Animal Shed, Transport