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North Devon (District Authority)
East Worlington
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EAST WORLINGTON RACKLEIGH LANE SS 71 NE 4/26 3.10.75 Rackleigh Farmhouse

II Farmhouse. Probably early C16, remodelled in circa mid C17, C18, C19 and C20 alterations and additions. Cob and rubble, predominantly rendered and colourwashed; slate roof, 3 brick ridge stacks. Plan: originally a 3-room and through- or cross-passage plan, the lower end to the right. At least the hall of the original house was open to the roof the hall may have been heated by an open hearth fire, in which case the axial stack at its lower end would have been a C16 improvement before the floor was inserted in the mid C17. Alternatively the open hall never had an open hearth and was heated from this stack from the beginning. In either case the floor is an insertion, the evidence for which is the high corbelled fireplace lintel which contrasts with the mid C17 moulded ceiling beam of the hall. The lower end has a gable end stack, but the inner room remained unheated. In the C18 a staircase was inserted into the passage and the roof was entirely replaced. There is now a direct entry at the front into the inner room. There are some C19 alterations, particularly the front elevation and a range of outshuts at the back. The inner room is now the kitchen, and the lower end room fireplace is blocked. In the mid C20 the lower right end was extended a large addition. Exterior: 2 storeys, 5 windows, asymmetrical front, C19 casements with close-set glazing bars. 2 door openings, plank doors, to right opening onto former through- passage, to left inserted into inner room. Interior: with plank and muntin partition between hall and inner room, approximately 1500 with chamfered muntins and head rail with mason's mitres, high stops, fitted C19 bench replacing an earlier bench, doorway with chamfered surround and a depressed arch head. Hall ceiling later, probably circa 1650, ovolo-moulded cross ceiling beams, with ogee- and thumbnail-stops. Hall fireplace with simple chamfered corbelled lintel. S, probably inserted; simple inner room with single chamfered later ceiling beam. Former kitchen also with chamfered cross ceiling beam; the fireplace in this room completely blocked, C20 brick grate inserted. Hall with hammered earth floor. Roof: collar-beam roof appears to have been replaced in the early C18, lapped joints pegged and nailed.

Listing NGR: SS7686415746


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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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