Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1107290

Date first listed: 18-Oct-1988



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County: Devon

District: North Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Bishop's Nympton

National Grid Reference: SS 73573 23250


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5/5 East Radley and outbuilding - adjoining at west


Farmhouse. Late medieval origins with rebuilding or extension of the C17 and some early C19 refurbishment. Whitewashed plastered cob on stone rubble footings, right end wall of main range stone rubble; thatched roof, with plain ridge, gabled at ends, replaced with corrugated iron over adjoining outbuilding at the west; south east wing with a slate roof, hipped at the south end; end stacks to thatched range, the right end stack projecting, axial stack - all with brick shafts. Plan: L plan. The present plan of the south-facing main range consists of 3 rooms and a cross passage, with an outbuilding adjoining at the left (west). A front right (south-east) 1 room plan wing adjoins the house, projecting to the front; rear outshut encloses rear stair projection. Complex evolution. The house originated as a late medieval open hall, the late medieval roof with sooted timbers is visible in the outbuilding and originally extended further west, into the outbuilding, than it does at present, the truncated ridge having been re-supported on an C18 main truss. The remainder of the outbuilding has an early/mid C17 jointed cruck roof construction. Presumably the lower end of the medieval house, including the passage, has been reduced to an outbuilding, the 2 left hand rooms of the present house probably the hall and parlour of the medieval house which was extended at the higher end in the C17 with a new passage created, out of the hall, possibly in the C19. Thus a medieval core exists at the west end of the range and the house developed eastwards, with the lower end reduced to the status of an outbuilding. The old inner room has a stair projection on the rear but a C19 axial passage, parallel to the rear wall, has reduced the depth of the inner rooom and the stair turret now opens off the axial passage. The right end room appears to be a C17 kitchen with some evidence that the first floor had a semi-industrial use. Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window front to the house with a C20 porch and half-glazed front door to the cross passage, flanked by 16-pane early C19 sashes with a 3-light C20 timber window to the right; 4 first floor C19 2-light small pane casements. The inner return of the wing has a door to the left, a small pane C19 2- light first floor casement and a 3-light ground floor C20 window. The outbuilding at the left end of the main range has a blocked doorway to the right, a blocked doorway and window to the left and a loft door and door in the centre. A slate-capped stone and cob wall divides the garden in front of the house from the yard in front of the outbuilding. Interior: The ceiling beams of the house are all C20 except for one, but a late C16 or C17 plank and muntin screen with straight cut stops survives between the present passage and the hall (i.e. the former higher end partition), and the lower end fireplace has a chamfered lintel and a bread oven. The fireplace of the right hand room may be C19 with 2 bread ovens. A newel stair in the stair projection opens on to a first floor lobby with chamfered doorframes and C17 doors. Chamfered crossbeams survive in the outbuilding. Roof: Sooted ridge, rafters, battens and purlins visible in the outbuilding at the junction with the house, the ridge held on an C18 main truss. The remains of C17 jointed cruck trusses, designed without collars, survive further to the west in the outbuilding. Over the east end of the house, above the C17 kitchen, there is no main truss and the rafters, battens and ridge are slightly darkened. 2 neatly-shaped posts project down from the roof structure into the roofspace, one is fixed by a batten threaded through it, both have neatly-made round holes in the ends, possibly for suspending something. A second pair of timbers, halved into the purlins, each have a mortise in the centre and the post to the front of the ridge also has 2 neatly-made round holes, one at the top and one at the bottom. These features may be associated with some sort of industrial use; they appear to be contemporary with the roof structure. An evolved house of medieval origins, group value with West Radley, on the opposite side of the road.

Listing NGR: SS7357323250


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