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East Devon (District Authority)
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SY 18298 95712


SY 19 NE FARWAY BALL LANE, Farway Mill House 3/73 - 7.12.62 GV II

Farmhouse. Late C15 - early C16 with some later C16 improvements and a major early C17 rearrangement and partial rebuild, C19 coach house wing, and the whole house was renovated circa 1976. Exposed local stone and flint rubble; stone rubble stacks topped with C19 and C20 brick; red tile roof, formerly thatch. Plan and development: L-plan building. The main block faces north-west and it has a 4-room-and-through-passage plan. To left (north-east) of the passage there are 2 rooms. Part of the ground floor partition between the two has been removed. The smaller end room is unheated but the first room has an axial stack backing onto the passage. To right (south-west) of the passage is a former kitchen and then a parlour. This kitchen has an axial stack backing onto the parlour which itself has a gable-end stack. The C19 coach house block (now converted to garages) projects forward at right angles in front of the left end service room of the main block. The main block is largely the result of a massive early C17 refurbishment. However there is some evidence of the earlier house. It seems that the house was turned round in the early C17, that is to say that the principal rooms were moved from the left to the right end of the house. The service end was originally open to the roof and heated by an open hearth fire. The 2 rooms here were probably the hall and inner room. A full height partition was built between these rooms whilst the open hearth fire was still in use. The former 'hall' fireplace and ceiling may have been inserted before the early C17. In the early C17 the former lower end completely rebuilt and upgraded to provide a new kitchen and parlour. The coach house was added in the C19 and circa 1976 the haylofts over were brought into domestic use. The house is 2 storeys throughout. Exterior: irregular 4-window front of mostly circa 1976 replacement casements containing leaded glass although there are 2 earlier oak-framed windows at first floor level, one early C17 2-light window with a chamfered mullion and another C18 3-light window with flat-faced mullions. Other windows around the house are similar circa 1976 replacement casements. 'The passage front doorway is left of centre and contains a C20 door and the garage doors under a continuous hood are also C20. The main roof is gable-ended to right and hipped to left. The coach house roof is half- hipped. Interior: the stone rubble partition along the left side of the passage contains an early C17 oak Tudor arch doorway to the heated service room. The fireplace here is plain and of indeterminate date. The crossbeam is late C16 - early C17 and has broad chamfers. The mid C16 full height crosswall between the 2 service rooms is oak large framing. The right side of the passage is an early C17 full height crosswall; an oak plank-and-muntin screen in the passage with oak close-studded framing above. Both kitchen and parlour contain a Beerstone ashlar fireplace with chamfered oak lintel although the former is larger and includes an oven. The crossbeams over both these rooms are chamfered with lambstongue stops. One original roof truss survives; the one later closed by the partition between the service rooms. Its lower principals are plastered over but it is probably some type of jointed cruck. At the apex is a small yoke provides a seating for a square set ridge (Alcock's apex type H). It is smoke-blackened from the open hearth fire, so too is the inside face of the framed infil. The rest of the main block roof is carried on early Cl7 clean side-pegged jointed cruck trusses. The coach house block wing was rebuilt circa 1976 using some old timbers. Mill House is one of a group of attractive listed buildings which make up the hamlet of Farway.

Listing NGR: SY1829895712


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 19 Aug 2003
Reference: IOE01/10990/16
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Michael Thompson. Source Historic England Archive
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