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Mid Devon (District Authority)
Nymet Rowland
National Grid Reference:
SS 71352 08594


NYMET ROWLAND SS 70 NW 2/49 - Hele Farmhouse - II

Farmhouse. Early C17; probably C18 extension; modernised, rearranged and enlarged in mid C19. Main block of plastered cob on rubble footings, C19 rear block of exposed local stone rubble; stone rubble stacks, one disused, the other with C20 brick top; interlocking concrete tile roof (formerly thatch). L-shaped building with 3-room main block facing south-east. The early Cl7 house comprised the central and left (south-western) rooms with a large axial stack between serving back-to-back fireplaces and front lobby entrance. The third room was probably added on right (north-eastern) end in C18. Its end stack was rearranged in the C19 with the upgrading of the C18 room and the insertion of a new front door, entrance hall and stair at right end of central room. The rear block containing service rooms and stores was probably added at the same time at right angles to rear of the left room and may have replaced an early C17 service wing. 2 storeys. Regular and nearly symmetrical 5-window front of circa 1970 casements with glazing bars. The left end ground floor window replaced circa 1984 by a PVC casement with glazing bars. Both doors also circa 1984. Roof and rear block are gable-ended. The rear also contains circa 1970 casements with glazing bars and on the inner side of the rear block a flight of external stone stairs lead to a first floor doorway. Interior. The early Cl7 section is quite well-preserved. Both fireplaces here are blocked by C20 grates but the originals are said to survive. The central room has a large crossbeam with broad soffit-chamfers and truncated pyramid stops. The left room has a 12-panel intersecting beam ceiling with soffit chamfers. The original roof over these 2 rooms is mostly intact, comprising A-frame trusses with pegged dovetail lap-jointed collars and carrying 2 sets of threaded purlins. Disused mortises on the underside of the principal rafters suggest that the trusses originally were supported by upright posts set into the cob walls. The C18 addition room has a soffit-chamfered and runout-stopped crossbeam but the fireplace here is blocked and the roof is inaccessible. Most of the joinery throughout the main block is C19. The right room (the C18 addition) has panelled window shutters, and the doorway through the cob crosswall from that room to the C19 entrance hall has panelled reveals. The stairs have stick balusters. All the doors off the first floor corridor are C19.

Listing NGR: SS7135208594


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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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