Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1141401

Date first listed: 26-May-1987



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County: Devon

District: East Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Farringdon

National Grid Reference: SY 02124 90704


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3/45 Upham Farmhouse -


Farmhouse. Early C17, possibly earlier core, superficially modernised and extended in late C19. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings, the east (service) end includes large blocks of conglomerate stone up to first floor level, one corner of the C17 rear block is rebuilt in C19 brick, and C19 rear block of exposed brick on local stone rubble footings; stacks of local sandstone and conglomerate stone topped with C19 brick, the hall stack is partly exposed; roof of C19 red tile includes bands of fish-scale shaped tiles, formerly thatch. The main block has a 3-room-and-through-passage plan house facing south with the service room on the right (east) end. The service room has an end stack serving a large kitchen fireplace with massive oven projection. The hall has a projecting front lateral stack and inner room has an end stack. C17 unheated rear block at right angles to rear of hall and inner room contains the main stair. C19 rear block at right angles to rear of service room. 2 storeys throughout. Regular but not symmetrical 4-window front, 2 either side of hall stack. 3 of the first floor windows are C19 casements with glazing bars and the rest are circa 1980 PVC casements without glazing bars. The front passage doorway now contains a C20 door. The hall stack is mostly exposed and complete with weathered offsets and chimney shaft. Roofs of main and rear blocks are all gable-ended. The rear, however, includes some original features. The rear passage doorway has an oak frame with a Tudor arch; the jambs may be replacements. Alongside is the rear hall window; an oak 4-light frame with chamfered mullions, iron glazing and saddle bars and glazed behind with rectangular panes of leaded glass. The inner side of the C17 rear block includes an oak 3-light window frame with superior ovolo-moulded mullions lighting the stair head and below is a contemporary plain tiny window now missing a central mullion. Also the outer side contains another oak 4-light window with chamfered mullions serving the chamber. Both these first floor windows have iron glazing bars and contain rectangular panes of leaded glass and the outer window contains an original iron casement. The other rear windows are C19 and C20. Good and well-preserved interior. The layout seems rather old-fashioned for the early C17 but all the older features seem to date from that time and the hall was apparently floored from the beginning. The through-passage is lined each side by similar oak plank-and-muntin screens. On the hall side both sides of the muntins are ovolo-moulded with bar-step stops but on the lower (service room) side only the passage side is thus finished; on the service room side the muntins are only chamfered with bar-step stops. The service room itself has a soffit-chamfered and scroll-stopped axial beam. The fireplace here is large with a soffit-chamfered oak lintel. The back and left cheek are untidy having a series of inserted and disused ovens, other features and various patchings including one of early hand-made bricks. The bench along the screen is oak and may be C17 or C18 although its supports are later. The hall has been divided in the C19 or C20 with a corridor along the rear. The fireplace here is blocked by a C20 grate. The crossbeam is soffit-chamfered with late step stops. In what is now the corridor a couple of fragments of an ornamental moulded plaster frieze survive and the oak doorframes to the inner room and stair block are both original; the former has part of the headbeam cut back, but the jambs are ovolo-moulded with urn stops (the most elaborate in the house), and the latter has a Tudor arch head and ogee surround with scroll stops. In the inner room the fireplace is blocked. The axial beam is plastered over with C17 plaster including a moulded cornice and the chamfered soffit includes a small section of moulded running vine plasterwork. Elsewhere, like in the hall, most of the contemporary cornice has been replaced except for a small section near the door which also has a moulded plaster frieze. The rear block has another soffit-chamfered and scroll-stopped crossbeam. It also contains a small lobby from the hall and the main stair. The lobby contains original doorframes to the rear block room and to the stairs; the former with a chamfered surround, the latter ovolo-moulded and both with scroll stops. The closed well stair has square-section newel posts with acorn heads, closed string, moulded flat handrail and turned balusters. The stair, though correct in style for the C17, is built of softwood and stained, and is very neat with crisp edges, all of which suggests that it is a C19 copy. From the landing another chamfered and scroll-stopped doorframe leads to the rear block chamber. A more elaborate frame leads to the principal chamber over the inner room: it has an ovolo-moulded surround with double bar and keeled scroll stops. Inside the room the fireplace has a C19 chimneypiece but the chimney breast above has a fine overmantel plaque of moulded ornamental plasterwork. It comprises a vase of flowers with a foliate frame set in a strapwork cartouche enlivened by lions' heads and more flowers and set over a frieze identical to that in the inner room below. All the other first floor features are C19 and C20 although the crosswalls are probably original oak framing. The original roof structure is intact except for parts of the closed trusses. The trusses are side-pegged jointed crucks with pegged lap-jointed collars with dovetail halvings. The C19 addition has a roof of king post trusses. Despite its traditional layout Upham appears to be wholly early C17. It is remarkably well-preserved and contains some high quality detail.

Listing NGR: SY0212490704


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