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East Devon (District Authority)
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SY 20750 88360


SY 28 NW BRANSCOMBE 8/10 Great Seaside Farmhouse - 22.2.55 II - Farmhouse. Early-mid C16 with major later C16 and C17 improvements, refurbished in the late C18 and renovated circa 1960. Local stone rubble including some dressed Beerstone blocks; stone rubble stacks topped with C20 brick; thatch roof. Plan and development: L-plan house. The main block is built down a gentle hillslope and faces north-west. It has a 4-room-and-through-passage plan. Uphill at the left (north-eastern) end is an unheated inner room (the present kitchen). Next to it the former hall has a large projecting front lateral stack. The rear doorway of the passage is blocked. To right of it is the original kitchen with a projecting rear lateral stack, and between it and the unheated end room (probably a dairy) is a service passage which includes the service stair. The front doorway of this passage is now blocked. To rear of the inner room a 2-room plan parlour block projects at right angles. The smaller first room is unheated and contains the C20 main stair. The second room has a gable-end stack. Since the main block roof has been rebuilt it is not possible to determine the early structural history of the house. Nevertheless it seems very likely that is began as 3-room-and-through-passage plan house and some reused smoke-blackened timbers suggest that the hall at least was open to the roof and heated by an open hearth fire. The hall stack was probably added in the mid C16. The hall was floored over in the mid or late C16 and the parlour wing built about the same time. The kitchen was refurbished in the early-mid C17. The dairy and service passage may be C17 but could be C18. The house was extensively refurbished in the late C18 and, at the same time, the main block roof was replaced. House is 2 storeys. Exterior: irregular 6-window front. All, including those around the rest of the house, are circa 1960 mullioned windows made of cast concrete and containing iron- framed casements with glazing bars. The passage front doorway has a C20 plain frame and contemporary plank door. The main roof is hipped both ends and steps down over the lower side of the passage. Interior: on the lower side of the main passage there is the remains of an oak plank-and-muntin screen. This may be an original freature but has been so much altered it is difficult to prove. It seems to have contained 2 doorways, one of which had an arched or shouldered head. The kitchen has a large C17 fireplace, its oak lintel chamfered with scroll stops. The crossbeam here and the one in the dairy are both plain and probably part of the late C18 refurbishment. The hall fireplace lintel was probably replaced at the same time although it has its original (somewhat battered) Beerstone ashlar moulded jambs. The ceiling beams here have deep chamfers and there is one elongated step stop. None of the inner room ceiling carpentry shows but here a remarkable C16 oak window has been reset inside the new window; a large mullion and transom window with 2 upper crank-headed lights with moulded surrounds above 4 lower lights with chamfered mullions. The outer frame is moulded with a band of modillion-like blocks. The lower lights were probably taller. Possibly it was once in the open hall. Most of the carpentry detail in the parlour wing was plastered over in the late C18. The parlour itself is lined with early C18 fielded panels above dado level and there is a box cornice. However the contemporary chimneypiece has been removed to reveal part of an ovolo-moulded half beam and a large Beerstone ashlar fireplace with Tudor arch lintel and moulded surround. A smaller version is exposed in the chamber above. The occupant reports a close-studded oak full height crosswall between the 2 parlour wing rooms. The parlour roof truss is plastered over but is shape suggests a jointed cruck roof truss. The main block roof was completely renewed in the late C18. Great Seaside is an attractive farmhouse close to the beach. Source: a documentary research archive by Su Jarwood from the C14-1965 in National Trust archives.

Listing NGR: SY2075088360


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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: 03 Sep 2004
Reference: IOE01/12462/23
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