Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1106504

Date first listed: 24-Oct-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 15-Apr-1987



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County: Devon

District: Mid Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Kentisbeare

National Grid Reference: ST 06750 08146


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ST OO NE KENTISBEARE PRIESTHILL, Kentisbeare 8/109 Priesthall(formerly listed as - Old Priests Rouse) 24.10.51 II* Detached house; it was the medieval rectory but already divided into 5 cottages at the time the 1681 terrier was drawn up. Roughcast cob and rubble; some dressed sandstone; gable-end thatched roof. Plan: 3 room through-passage plan house, the service end to the right of the passage. Alcock and Laithwaite deduced that the original house was single-storeyed. The service end first floor is jettied into the hall; and the inserted hall first floor has been removed returning it to its original form. The small room above the passage now forms a gallery. The inner room, still of 2 storeys, is served by a rear newel stair. Service end heated by internal end stack, hall by front lateral external stone stack; inner room and chamber above served by external end stack. Exterior Front: Doorway to passage with ogee-headed wooden arch (a comparative rarity in Devon), the door itself with rails, spear-headed strap hinges, and studded. 4-light timber window to inner room, the light each with depressed head, and probably C15. 2-light casmement window to chamfer above. C20 3-light window to hall. Small diagonally-set window to service end. Rear: 2 first floor windows, one under eyebrow eave. Hall window is the original, C15, 4-lights each trefoil headed with top lights; a later 3-light casement has been fixed over the medieval window to afford it protection. Interior: those features noted by Alcock and Laithwaite survive and are discussed more fully in their article, cited below. (1) 3 plank and muntin screens, 2 to screens passage, the first between hall and inner room; (2) service end framed partition; (3) fireplaces; that to the hall with roll moulded surround; that to the service end with chamfered lintel; inner room fireplace with stone roll moulded surround, that to the chamber above with chamfered wooden lintel and chamfered stone jambs; (4) one jointed cruck truss at lower end of passage. References: N.W. Alcock and M. Laithwaite, 'Medieval Houses in Devon and their Modernisation', Medieval Archiaeology, 17, (1973), 112-14; W.A. Pantin, 'Medieval Priests' Houses in South-West England', Medieval Archaeology, 3 (1957), 127-9; E.S. Chalk, Kentisbeare and Blackborough, Devonshire Association Parachial histories, no. 3.

Listing NGR: ST0674908146


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Legacy System number: 95764

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Books and journals
'Medieval Archaeology' in Medieval Archaeology, , Vol. 3, (1957), 127-129
'Medieval Archaeology' in Medieval Archaeology, , Vol. 17, (1973), 112-114
Chalk, E S, 'Devonshire Association Parochial Histories' in Kentisbeare and Blackborough, , Vol. 3, ()

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