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North Devon (District Authority)
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SS 59209 23082


ATHERINGTON ATHERINGTON SS 52 SE 5/13 Lemons Farmhouse - 25.2.65 GV II*

Farmhouse. Probably late C15, remodelled in late C16 and early C17 with C20 alterations. Stone rubble and rendered cob. Thatch roof gable end to left, half- hipped to right. Tall lateral hall stack with drip and off-sets and tall axial stone rubble stack (formerly gable end) with drip and tapered cap. Former open hall house with low screen partitions to, originally, 3-room through- passage plan, the upper inner room end later demolished. In late C16 remodelling the rear through-passage doorway was also blocked by insertion of projecting stair turret. Further stair turret to rear of hall. In C20 the barn or shippon outbuilding attached to lower end was taken in to form part of dwelling. 2 storeys. 5 window range, that to left end and centre with eyebrow dormers containing small gables. Timber ovolo mullion window of 3 lights, 2 panes per light to right of stack, otherwise C20 fenestration. Ground floor has sash to left end 8 over 3 panes and ovolo moulded surround to cross-passage doorway with weathered stops. 2 light casement 3 panes per light to right. Thatched leanto roof to porch to former outbuilding at lower end. Bay to lower end of main range breaks forward slightly. Interior: fine quality features survive throughout the main range.Hall has boxed in bressumer of jettied downstand construction at lower end and ceiling beam and bressumer at upper end with impressive scroll-stopped chamfers. Stair turret doorway to rear of hall with ovolo moulded surround and bulbous stops to the durns. Winder staircases to rear hall and cross-passage stair turrets. Fine plank and muntin screens to both sides of cross-passage, that to hall side 7 planks wide with chamfered muntins, stopped near the base and headrail chamfered to its lower arris with coved cornice above which has been cut through to take the chamfered ceiling joists with run out stops when floor was inserted. Segmental arched doorway, partly cased in, towards centre. Screen to lower side 5½ planks wide with chamfered headrail and carpenter marks. 2 impressive 4-centred arched doorways with chamfered surrounds towards left end, that to right closed off with vertical boarding, that to left with 4 plank door. Lower end has bench against rear of screen with reused scratch moulded crested panelling and tall shaped bench end. Ovolo moulded fireplace lintel. Scroll-stopped wide chamfered ceiling beam. Part of screen survives to upper storey set slightly off the lower end screen below, 2 planks wide, stopped halfway up the chamfered muntins. At head of hall stair turret is a jointed chamfered post to the right of doorway to chamber over hall with chamfered surround, with part of the durn surviving to the left-hand doorway which would have served the chamber over the demolished upper end. 2 raised cruck trusses over lower end of hall and lower end with morticed and tenoned cranked collars. Access to roof space below the lower truss only, the timbers heavily smoke-blackened right to the former gable end, being further evidence with the pronounced change in floor levels to confirm the phased insertion of floors to this former open-hall house with low-screen partitions.

Listing NGR: SS5920923082


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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: 29 Apr 2001
Reference: IOE01/02875/20
Rights: Copyright IoE Dr Ann Allen. Source Historic England Archive
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