- Heritage Category:
- Listed Building
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
- Statutory Address:
- BRYONY HILL
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- Statutory Address:
- BRYONY HILL
The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Torridge (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SS 59888 08053
SS 50 NE
8/125 Bryony Hill
Farmhouse. Mid C17 but may incorporate some C16 fabric which was heavily
remodelled. Extended in C18. Modernised in late C20. Rendered cob walls. Thatch
roof gabled to left end and rear, hipped to right end. Projecting coursed rubble
front lateral stack, brick stack at left gable-end and brick stack axial between the
2 rear ranges.
Plan: basically a 3-room-and-through-passage plan with the lower end to the right.
It is not clear however whether the house originated with an open hall, to which the
lateral stack wsa probably integral, and was heavily remodelled in the C17, or
whether it is a single phase C17 building as the hall screen and fireplace do not
seem to fit its ceiling and rear doorframes. Kitchen wing behind hall and inner
room is mid C17 and adjoining it at the rear of the hall is a contemporary stairwing
which has had the staircase rebuilt. The original form of the unheated lower room
is also unclear since it has obviously performed an animal house function but the
quality of its ceiling beams suggest this is a secondary use. Beyond the kitchen
further additions were made in the C18 at right angles forming a parallel range to
that at the front. The house was modernised in the late C20, completely
refenestrated and the lower end subdivided.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 6-window front of late C20 2 and 3-light
casements. Gabled C20 porch to right of centre with C20 plank door behind. Rear
wing extends behind left-hand end with another range forming a cross wing at its
Interior: passage has plank and muntin screen at its higher end with chamfered
muntins which have notched stops and true mitres to the chamfered headbeam. There
are several initials and a date in the 1700's carved on it. The lower end has heavy
chamfered cross beams with step stops. The joists of the passage run through the
screen to the hall which has 3 ovolo-moulded cross beams with scroll stops, the
lower one quite near to the screen. At the rear of the hall are 2 similarly
decorated wooden doorframes, one to the kitchen wing and one to the stair wing. The
hall fireplace has a chamfered wooden lintel with straight-cut stops which rests on
2 wooden corbels with curved ends, the right-hand one has been hacked off. The
kitchen wing has a heavy chamfered and step-stopped crossbeam and a fireplace with
chamfered wooden lintel. On the 1st floor, preserved in the wall between front
range and kitchen wing is re-used C17 3-light wooden mullion window which is
chamfered, with stops at the bottom, only on one side.
Roof: the roof over the main range is in 3 parts over inner room hall and lower end
divided by full-height partitions but apparently all C17 in date. Over the inner
room are straight principals with straight collars lapped and pegged onto them.
Over the hall the construction is similar but the collars are halved on with notched
lap joints. Lower end roof is identical but the construction is rougher.
This house appears to be a fairly complete and good quality C17 house but a few
inconsistencies suggest it may have earlier origins.
Listing NGR: SS5988808053
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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.
End of official listing