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Torridge (District Authority)
High Bickington
National Grid Reference:
SS 60835 19312


HIGH BICKINGTON SS 61 NW 9/62 Bale's Ash and adjoining - outbuildings and front garden walls


Farmhouse with adjoining outbuildings and front garden wall. C17 house with probable C18 addition at rear, remodelled in the mid to late C19. Altered and outshut rebuilt in 1987. Probably C18 and C19 outbuildings, and C19 garden walls. Rendered, over stone-rubble ground floor and cob first floor to front and over cob on stone rubble plinth at rear. Gable-ended Welsh-slate roof with ridge cresting and finials. C19 gault-brick axial and end stacks. Outbuilding with stone to ground floor and cob to first floor, partly rebuilt and enlarged in stone rubble, and with gable-ended corrugated-iron roofs. Uncoursed stone rubble garden walls. Plan and development: Probable C17 three-room plan, facing south. Hall at centre with its axial stack to right, entrance hall to left of hall with staircase and end room to left with integral end stack. Room to right of hall (former kitchen) with integral end stack and formerly with front doorway at right-hand end. Probable C18 wing projecting at rear of left-hand end and late C20 lean-to outshut (replacing C19 outshut) at rear of right-hand end. The entrance/staircase hall appears to have been created from a larger room (see truncated integral lateral stack to front in which the C19 doorway was inserted). The C17 plan possibly consisted of a hall to left with lateral stack and smaller room to its right, extended by one room at the right- hand end at a later date. Two storeys with rear wing of one storey and attic and one-storey outshut. Probably C18 outbuilding adjoining at right-angles to front of left-hand end, of one storey and loft. One-storey C19 outbuilding adjoining gable end to front (present garage). Low stone walls enclosing garden to front of house. Exterior: Irregularly-fenestrated front with 4 windows to first-floor and 5 to ground floor; boxed margin-light sashes with stone cills, mostly late C19 but 3 are late C20 (1987) insertions. The left-hand ground-floor window replaces a former plank door (formerly to small implement shed), the right-hand ground-floor window replaces another former doorway and the second ground-floor window from the left is an insertion. Entrance between second and third windows from left with C19 plank door. Ground-floor C19 margin-light sash in left-hand gable end. Ground-floor segmental- headed 4-pane window in gable end of rear wing. Outbuilding adjoining to front has first-floor small-paned 2-light wooden casement to right with wooden cill, central ground-floor C20 metal casement with wooden lintel and brick reveals and C19 three-light ground-floor wooden casement to left with wooden lintel (formerly a doorway - see straight joints inside). Old plank door to right with pegged wooden frame and wooden lintel. Garden walls to front with rounded coping and gateway opposite front door of house with C19 cast-iron gate and square stone gate piers with pyramidal caps. Interior of house: Hall has moulded (ovolo moulding and 2 cavettto mouldings) ceiling cross beam in front of stack (plaster ceiling lower to the right-hand side). Picture rail. Cupboard in front wall with 2-panelled door. Jambs of front window continue down to floor level. Right-hand ground-floor room (former kitchen) has open stone fireplace with chamfered wooden lintel and bread oven with C19 cast-iron door, lettered: "Young and Son, Barnstaple". Cream hob in wall to right of fireplace. Entrance hall with C19 tiled floor and C19 stairs with turned balusters. C19 four- panelled doors throughout. C17 roof with trusses consisting of straight principal rafters and lap-jointed collars. Interior of outbuilding with cobbled floor to rear and 4-bay roof with trusses consisting of principal rafters and pegged halved lap- jointed collars. Loft floor removed. Late C19 scissor trusses in lower addition to front.

Listing NGR: SS6083519312


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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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