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North Devon (District Authority)
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SS 80473 14467


WITHERIDGE FORE STREET (south side), SS 81 SW Witheridge 9/80 No. 4 (Ditchetts) 25.3.77 GV II House. Early C16, floored late C16 or early C17, C17 wing at right-angles to the right return, 2 further late C18 wings added at right-angles to front. Roughcast and pebbledashed, probably over a rubble core, straw-thatched roof with a hip on the wing to the right, brick stack to the left and a brick stack on the right return. 2 C18 wings on front with hipped slate roofs. Plan and development: open hall house; subsequently a chamber was inserted over the right end, probably mid C16. In the late C16 or early C17 the whole hall was floored creating a 3-room plan; a large central room with an axial stack to left side, an unheated room beyond it to the left which is smaller in size. Further small room to right of the large central room heated by a rear corner fireplace. Exterior: 2 storeys, asymmetrical 3 windows, 3 four-pane double-hung sashes, a 2- light casement with glazing bars to extreme left of first floor, and a C20 casement to the right of the ground floor. Door opening between the second and third bays, 4-panelled door with a transomlight, door opening to extreme left with paired plank doors. Rear elevation with C19 fenestration. Interior: has been much altered in the C18 and C19. Small room to the right-hand with corner fireplace with a wooden bressumer with chamfer and ogee stops. The 2 further fireplaces on the ground floor with what are probably C18 bressumers, unchamfered. There are other C18 features on the ground floor including doors and panelling. The kitchen in wing to rear with C18 cupboard and reused Gothic wainscotting. Roof: a complete jointed cruck truss survives over the centre of the house, heavy notched cranked collar, threaded diagonal ridge adjacent common rafters, through purlins, battens. The whole is heavily smoke-blackened, also the remains of lightly-blackened thatch. The roof over the right part of the house was replaced in the C18, simple joinery. The cruck truss is closed, plastered right up to the apex, with remains of colourwash to the right side, indicating the existence of a chamber ovr the right (higher) end of the house.

Listing NGR: SS8047314467


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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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