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Torridge (District Authority)
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SS 51393 12876


MERTON SS 51 SW 11/137 Eastbear Farmhouse - II

Farmhouse. Circa late C16, possibly with earlier origins, with mid C17 addition and C20 alterations. Rendered cob and rubble walls. Gable ended asbestos slate roof. Large projecting rendered rubble stack to gable of front wing, brick axial stack to other range. Plan: L-shaped plan. The north-west range is the older and was originally of 3 room and through passage plan with lower end to the left, downhill end, and axial hall stack backing onto passage. At the higher end of the hall is a projection which appears to have been a window bay. Unheated inner room. The form of this range was altered considerably in the early C20 when its lower end was demolished up to and including the hall stack, a new axial stack was then inserted at the higher end of the hall and its rear wall built over. A straight run staircase was put in at the front of the inner room. The wing projecting from the inner room was added in the circa mid C17 either as a kitchen or parlour. The main entrance is now into this wing in the angle, and an axial passage leads from it to the staircase and rooms in the other range. The wing itself has been subdivided into 2 rooms and had an outshut added at the rear. Evidence for the original extent of the house survives in late C19 or early C20, photographs in the possession of the owners. Exterior: 2 storeys. L-shaped asymmetrical 3 window front of C20 2-light casements; wing projecting from right-hand end has 2 windows on first floor and one below. The left-hand range has a window on the ground floor to left and to its right is a 2 storey projection containing a 2-light casement on the first floor and the remains of a long stone hoodmould below although the mullion window which was below it has been blocked or removed. Built in the angle of the 2 wings, against the projection, is a small C20 porch with plank door behind. Interior: The hall has a complex arrangement of ceiling beams- 3 axial and one transverse. The front axial beam does not extend the full length of the room but up to the transverse beam which itself does not extend the full width of the room but up to the next axial beam. Possibly this arrangement connected in some way with the hall stack or some other feature which has also been removed. All the beams are chamfered with straight-cut stops apart from the far end beam which has a pyramid stop. Ovolo-moulded wooden doorframe leading from hall to inner room. Front wing has ovolo-moulded cross beams. Roof trusses have all been renewed in C20.

Listing NGR: SS5139312876


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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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