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5/77 West Ford Farmhouse


Farmhouse. Early C17 (probably C16 origins) with later C17 improvements, modernised in the mid or late C18. Plastered stone rubble, maybe with cob; stone rubble stacks topped with C19 and C20 brick; corrugated iron roof (formerly thatch). Plan and development: 4-room-and-through-passage plan house facing north-north- west, say north, and built down the hillslope. The inner room is terraced into the hillslope at the uphill right (west) end. It has an end stack. The hall has a large axial stack backing onto the passage. There are 2 rooms in the service end, the larger end one has an end stack. Dairy block projecting at right angles to rear of the hall and inner room and stair turret in angle of the dairy and main block. The house seems to have been virtually rebuilt through two or three building phases in tne C17 and nothing shows that is earlier. Nevertheless its origins as a late medieval hall house are suspected. The hall fireplace is early C17 and both hall and inner room chambers jetty into the hall. The hall was floored over in the mid C17, probably at the same time as the dairy block was added. The whole house was raised and reroofed in the mid or late C17. It might be that the C17 house was a Dartmoor longhouse but there is no actual evidence to prove this. The service end was refurbished as a parlour end in the C18. House is 2 storeys throughout. Exterior: irregular 5-window front of C20 casements, the oldest have glazing bars and the latest is PVC. The front passage doorway is left of centre and now contains a C20 part-glazed door. Roof is hipped to left and gable-ended to right. There is a doorway in the right end wall from the terrace into the first floor room. On the rear the fenestration is similar to the front except for a replacement horned 12- paned sash to the C18 parlour. Interior: there are only C17 soffit-chamfered and step-stopped half beams in the passage but these have been reset since the original lower level of the ceiling is indicated by the redundant joist ledge on the back of the hall fireplace. In the hall the fireplace is blocked but some of its ovolo-moulded oak lintel can be felt inside a cupboard there. There is evidence for upper and lower end jetties. The hall crossbeams are mid C17, moulded with bar-step stops. The upper end crosswall is clad but said to be an oak plank-and-muntin screen. Doorway to dairy block in rear wall is the original; a plain oak frame containing a plank door with applied 12-panel front and strap hinges. Both inner room and dairy have soffit-chamfered and step-stopped crossbeams. Inner room fireplace is blocked. The newel stair is unusual for this part of Devon; it rises round a circular timber post. The service end room shows only C18 detail. The parlour has a box cornice and, in the front wall, a curved back crockery cupboard flanked by Ionic pilasters with a dentil cornice on the entablature. Fireplace here is blocked. Several 2-fielded panel doors throughout the house are probably C18. Roof is inaccessible but the bases of straight principals show suggesting C17 (maybe C18) A-frame trusses.

Listing NGR: SX7194391702


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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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Date: 24 Aug 2004
Reference: IOE01/13152/13
Rights: Copyright IoE Prof Peter Paul Anthony. Source Historic England Archive
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