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North Devon (District Authority)
Horwood, Lovacott and Newton Tracey
National Grid Reference:
SS 51295 27649


HORWOOD SS 52 NW 4/50 East Barton, including front garden walls and gatepiers GV II Barton, including front garden walls and gatepiers. Some late medieval and early C17 fabric to the east wing, the main range rebuilt in late C17. White painted brick, Flemish bond, some stone rubble to east wing. Slate roofs with gable ends, Roman tiles to rear of east wing with C19 carved bargeboard at its front gable end. Axial brick stack to main range, and 2 lateral brick stacks with tall shafts to west wing, that to rear is particularly impressive with offsets, Original plan uncertain because of C17 rebuilding. The main central range was probably the hall and lower end of the medieval house, and the right-hand (east) end a cross-wing at the higher end which was possibly a parlour, but this has been partially demolished behind so that it is now only attached at the right-hand corner. The main central range was rebuilt in late C17 retaining its approximate original plan; it has a large right-hand room which was probably the position of the hall, a central stair hall, probably in the passage position, and the large left-hand room was the kitchen with an end stack, now the massive lateral stack on the left-hand side. Probably at the same time in the C17 a smaller third room was added to the front of the left-hand (west) lower room. The services were later accommodated in the C19 in a wing at the left of the lower (west end). The overall plan is U-shaped on three sides of a front courtyard with the service wing extending to the left. 2 storeys and attic storey. 5 bays including projecting gable end of west wing. Brick plat-band. Main range on each floor has 12-paned sashes to each side of blind windows to right and doorways to left, the upper doorway with no external access has door of 9 panes with 2-panelled base, that to ground floor has 6- panelled door, the upper 4 panels glazed. Canopy to porch supported on tapering octagonal timber posts. Courtyard inner face of west wing has two 12-paned sashes above 2 doorways, plank door to left, that to right with door of 9 panes over 2- panelled base, the plat-band carried over the relieving arches as a continuous hoodmould. 12-paned sashes to each side with slightly cambered heads. Inner face of east wing has pentice slate roof with plank door towards left end. Interior: fine dog-leg staircase to main range rising to attic storey with thick turned balusters, moulded handrail and square newels. 3-panelled doors off landings to principal rooms. Long chamfered lintel to west wing fireplace. Roof structure largely intact with 6 C17 raised cruck trusses to the west wing with 2 tiers of threaded purlins but no ridge purlin and morticed and tenoned straight collar. 2 further trusses to main range, plastered over but apparently of a similar type with curved feet but no collars. The structure is of an impressively wide span and of a late date for this type of construction. The east wing has a single raised cruck truss surviving with archbracing to the morticed and tenoned collar, forming a closed partition to the north gable end of the wing with a large fragment of early C17 decorative plasterwork on its inner face forming a geometrical ribbed pattern of triple interlaced lozenges. On the east wall are some late medieval blind quatrefoil panels reset here in the late C20 alterations, and the front courtyard walls of stone rubble with centrally-placed ivy-clad gatepiers of square section contain some fragments of medieval stonework. The house was a principal seat of the Pollard family and is of considerable interest for its unusually early brickwork in this region.

Listing NGR: SS5129527649


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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: 08 Apr 2002
Reference: IOE01/05084/29
Rights: Copyright IoE Dr Barbara Hilton. Source Historic England Archive
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