Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1105399

Date first listed: 28-Oct-1987

Statutory Address: HIGHER MANOR


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Statutory Address: HIGHER MANOR

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Peter Tavy

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX5202779077


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House, originally longhouse. Circa early-mid C16, possibly extended in C17, altered in C19 and C20. Stone rubble walls, gable ended roof, slated to house, corrugated sheeting over former shippon. Rubble stack projecting from right gable end; rebuilt rendered axial stack. Plan: Originally longhouse with shippon at left end with through-passage, hall with newel stairs in projection at its rear and inner room to its right. Hall stack backs onto passage in customary longhouse position but there is evidence for a lateral fireplace at the rear of the hall which presumably was earlier - an unusual but not unknown feature for a longhouse. The equal size of hall and parlour and the length of the shippon suggest a remodelling of the building in the C17 and it is possible that the hall stack was moved at this time. The inner room became a heated parlour with an outshut built to its rear to accommodate service functions. At an indeterminate stage the rear door of the passage was blocked. In the C19 the house was turned into 2 1-room plan cottages each self-contained with new front doors made and the shippon entirely separated. The Cottages became unoccupied and the building reverted to agricultural use in the first half of the C20. Probably at this stage the newel stair turret was destroyed. In the late C20 it was converted back to one house with the plan much as it had been in the C17 although the shippon was adapted to semi-domestic use and an outshut built at the rear of the hall. The eaves were also considerably heightened. Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3 window front to house of C20 metal frame windows. C20 glazed door to right of centre into inner room. The shippon is to the left with a considerably lower roof-line. It has a wide doorway to the right with C20 doors and a large C20 window to the left on the 1st floor. Gable end of shippon is slate hung with original slits left exposed. The rear wall of the shippon is slightly buttressed out at its higher end. Interior: The hall preserves the most early features. Its fireplace has a chamfered wooden lintel and probably chamfered granite jambs. Built into its right side is an oven. To the right of the fireplace is an interesting arrangement of features apparently connected with domestic functions; built into the rear wall is a hollowed stone which drained to the outside of the house and had a piscina-line function; below it to the left a granite basin is built into the floor extending under the - oven projection adjoining the fireplace. The former fireplace at the rear of the hall now forms a recess and has chamfered jambs of dressed pieces of granite. At the higher end of the hall in the rear wall the first step of the newel stairs is visible. The doorway to the inner room has a shouldered head wooden frame partially rebuilt. Although considerably altered by recent modernisation this building is recognisable as a longhouse with several features of interest. Source: Devonshire Farmhouse III - S. R. Jones: Trans. Deran Assoc.103, 1971, (Interpretation differs slightly).

Listing NGR: SX5202779077


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Legacy System number: 92814

Legacy System: LBS


Books and journals
'Transactions of the Devonshire Association' in Transactions of the Devonshire Association, , Vol. 103, (1971)

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