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MEAVY MEAVY SX 56 NW 4/113 Meavy Barton - GV II*

Originally small manor house or barton farm to the manor, now farmhouse. Circa early C16 greatly remodelled and extended in mid C17, Stone rubble walls, rendered at the front. Gable ended slate roof. 3 tall granite ashlar stacks with dripcourses and moulded rims - one at each gable end (the right-hand one was originally axial) and one axial stack. Interesting plan and development. The remains of an arch-braced roof truss surviving over the central hall stack is the earliest feature and suggests an early C16 date. The fact that it is not smoke-blackened, even though the stack has been inserted beneath it, means that it was either a truss over an open hall which originally had a stack somewhere else or it was over an important first floor chamber. The extent of this original house is, however, unclear, as in the mid C17 it was greatly remodelled and extended to form an unconventional plan. The lower end, to the right, below the passage has been demolished and its extent is not known although for a house of such size and quality it is possible that it formed a cross wing. The remodelled house is double depth. To the left of the passage is a small room heated by a stack backing onto the passage, probably a parlour. To its rear is a lobby leading from the passage to the hall on the left of the parlour. At the rear of the lobby is a large open well staircase. The large hall is heated by a very wide axial fireplace at its inner end; this is the stack which was inserted beneath the early C16 truss. The doorway adjoining the hall fireplace shares its jamb, and is similar to the 2 doorways at the rear of the hall which lead to 2 small unheated service rooms, suggesting that the hall stack is contemporary to the remodelling of the house. To the left of the hall is a room heated by a gable end stack, which projects at the front and may have formed a "great parlour". It has a service room at the rear but a straight joint is visible between the 2 on the outside which suggests that the parlour may have formed part of the original house. At the lower side of the passage a doorway moulded at the inside led to the lower end; the doorway at the rear of the passage is also moulded on the inside and may be evidence of the lower end extending to the rear. Apart from the demolition of the lower end - the time of which is uncertain - the house has been very little altered or extended since the C17 apart from the C19 outshut built against the left-hand end. 2 storeys with attic to projecting gabled wing at the left-hand end. Asymmetrical 3-window front with lean-to porch at front of right-hand end and wide projecting gable wing at left-hand end. All windows are original 2-light chamfered granite mullions with C20 casements inserted into the lights. On the 2nd floor of the projecting gable is a single chamfered granite framed light. The lst floor windows are in gabled dormers on the main range. The lean-to porch was originally 2 storeys from the evidence of a moulded string course above the doorway which has a roundheaded granite arch with roll moulding and hollow chamfer. The spandrels have carved star motif and each jamb has a moulded plinth. The inner doorway has a similar roundheaded granite arch with a simpler roll moulding which is stopped on the inside and outside of the doorway by a carved heart. The arched oak door is probably contemporary and has a moulded frame and stiles. The passage is now single storey and at the right-hand, end is its roundheaded granite doorway with orginally led to the lower end. To its left is a stone mounting block against the wall. 3- window rear elevation also has 2-light granite mullions, the left-hand ground floor one is blocked. To the right is a tall gable with a pointed arched chamfered granite doorway on the ground floor beyond which are 2 mullioned windows with 1 and 2 lights. On the 1st floor of this section is a 2-light mullion window with a single granite framed light on the 2nd floor. At the left gable end a clear straight joint can be seen between the 2 builds and there are two 2-light granite mullioned windows on the 1st floor. Below these is a C19 outshut. Good interior which preserves the C17 plan and numerous C17 features. All that is recognisable of the C16 house is one roof truss which is virtually over the hall stack. Its morticed collar has been removed but the lowest section of moulded arch- bracing survives. At the apex it can be seen where a form of saddle was set into the principals; the ridge does not survive. The whole truss is clean. The other roof trusses are C17 with straight principals, threaded purlins, and collars which are lapped and pegged onto the trusses. The hall has a wide granite framed fireplace with continuous roll moulding and a carved star in each spandrel. On the rear wall of the hall are two 4-centred granite arched studded plank doors. The left-hand room at the rear of the hall contains a large granite salting tub. The small room to the left of the passage has 4-centred granite arched doorway and a chamfered granite framed fireplace, now blocked. Behind this room is a large good quality mid C17 open well staircase which has closed string, square newels with ball finials, turned balusters and a heavy moulded handrail. There are 3 further 4- centred granite arched roll-moulded doorways - one into the right-hand side of the hall, one at the rear of the passage and one at its left-hand side. The 2 first floor rooms at the left-hand have C17 granite framed fireplaces with straight lintels. The former importance of this house is demonstrated in the quality of its features and the unusual plan. It has been little altered since the C17 internally and externally and forms part of a very traditional farm complex.

Listing NGR: SX5398667234


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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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