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South Hams (District Authority)
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SX 72024 46699


CHURCHSTOW LEIGH SX 74 NW 5/71 Leigh Barton Farmhouse GV I Farmhouse with monastic lodging. C15, C17, renovation and reconstruction from c.1983. Green-grey schist, slate or asbestos-cement slate roofs. A U-plan courtyard group, open towards the east; the north range, much reconstructed in the C17 and re-windowed in the C19, with central hall and remains of screen, cross passage, and external stair turret to the north. Attached to this an L-plan C15 range with kitchen, ex tomel gallery to upper lodgings and storage. The whole is fully described and interpreted by Beric M Morley in the paper listed below. Rear ranges are in 2 storeys; the kitchen wing, set east-west, has a recently reconstructed (1988) 6-bay timber gallery on compartmental floor to moulded beams, and 12-bay panelled balustrade to moulded muntins and hand- rail, approached by steep flight of 7 stone steps from chamfered plinth. Below this a 2-light timber casement and wide open to kitchen. Left gable end, to half hip has remains of a vaulted bread oven, doorway broken through a second similar area, and square opening at upper level, former doorway. From the south-east corner a low wall connects across to the adjacent farm buildings (qv) and contains lower parts of 2 former windows. South front has at each side of a broad garderobe turret a small opening to shouldered arch and a 2-light stone mullion and transom casement to cusping and stopped hoodmould; to the right a buttress with 3 offsets. Left gable is to coped verge, with small ridge stack, above a shouldered door opening, probably a former window, and a 2-light case- ment as south face. To the left, the outer wall of the return arm has a stepped garderobe turret flanked each side by small shouldered opening with iron arma- ture, and first floor left a 2-light stone cusped casement. The east, courtyard front of this wing has broad opening to chamfered lintel, partly below the gallery and at first floor level a single light casement to recessed chamfer jambs under a granite moulded lintel with dropped ends, not corresponding with jamb moulding, and a 2-light basket-handle arched casement with transom and stopped hoodmould, all in granite. Interior: Kitchen has remains of large fire opening to vaulting on responds, 4 large chamfered beams to renewed floor, and a timber breast wall to an upper chamber. North wall has splayed openings to door and casement, and two rectangular recesses. Restructured 4-bay + 2 bay roof on cruck like principals to high cambered collar. Between to parts a half-timbered partition to full height. The west range has interior gallery in half- timbering, returned across the north end and carried on square post to square base; part here is full height to roof, under reconstruction at time of inspection (December 1988). Between west and south ranges a wide opening with bressummer carried on corbel responds, and a long splay from east-side entry. Farmhouse and hall range: front to inner courtyard has, far left, a small single light at mid height, then half-hipped porch to chamfered round arch, on steps from the cobbled courtyard. Above porch a 2-light casement and some rendering on stonework. To the right a series of C19 casements: at ground floor 2, 3 and 4-light, and at first floor 2, 3 and 3-light. right gable end has external stack, and single storey lean-to addition. The north front, former entry side, faces the Gate House (qv) across courtyard. At left a gabled stair projection with C19 margin-bar casement. To right large external stack to hall fireplace, then 6-panel C19 door in wider blocked opening to wood lintel, below a 2-light casement, and a small casement far right. A single lean-to building abuts the wall linking farmhouse to gatehouse, containing door beneath a moulded granite fragment as link. The west gable wall has 2-light over 3-light recon- structed casement. Interior: inspected only in part, retains part of C16 cross passage screen, and stone spiral stair from hall to right of main fireplace. The farmhouse largely reconstructed in the C17. A M Devon No 193. (Beric M Morley; Leigh Barton, Chuchstow, S Devon; Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings, No 41, 1983).

Listing NGR: SX7201746703


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'Proceedings of Devon Archaeological Society' in Proceedings of Devon Archaeological Society, , Vol. 41, (1983)


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: 27 Jul 2002
Reference: IOE01/04800/13
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr J. Barry Day. Source Historic England Archive
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