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4/1 Aldercombe Barton (formerly listed 26.9.51 as Aldercomber House)


Farmhouse. Probably C16 origins, C17 remodelling, further C19 remodelling. Freestone rubble ranges whitewashed and rendered to the courtyard. Slate gabled roofs painted with bitumen to non-courtyard side. Courtyard completed by an imposing entrance arch of the C15 with C17 additions in a tall unrendered rubble wall. South-east range probably 3-room and cross passage original plan, blocked door in east wall opposed to present door in west wall. 2 storeys. South facing range opposite entrance arch probably C17 in origin with hall to right of present porch, remodelled C19 with resetting of windows. South-west range, used as outbuilding, also probably remodelled C19. South-facing range has gable end brick chimneys and off-centre entrance to former through passage, with C20 door under slated pent roof carried on 2 timber and 1 iron column. Granite mullioned windows throughout. Ground floor: one, 4-light with King mullion; two, 3-light, renewed in C20, said to replace timber mullioned window; three, 2-light; four, 4-light with King mullion, second light blocked; five, 2-light. First floor windows all 4-light. North range has gable and brick chimneys, a central C19 enclosed gabled porch with bargeboarding and small slate sundial in gable, C20 outer door. Ground floor window to left of porch is a 6-light granite mullioned window with king mullion, hoodmould and libel stops. Ground floor window to right of porch 4-light granite mullioned window with King mullion. First floor window above porch, probably reset. C16 1-light opening. First floor windows left and right 3-light granite mullioned windows. South-west range, used as outbuilding, has ground floor granite mullioned windows: one, 2-light; two, 4-light; three, 2-light, all with iron stanchions. 3 first floor openings high under eaves timber lights with vertical glazing bars. Fourth side of courtyard comprises stone rubble wall with slate gabled coping. Massive, stone, moulded, 4-centred archway of the late C15 with quatrefoils in spandrels with brick relieving arch above. Wall rises above archway and is surmounted by C17 pyramids, the central pyramid raised on a pyramidal plinth and square classical cornice, possibly re-used. 3 granite steps up to archway. Ground floor room right of south-east range has panelling of the early C19. Interiors otherwise C20. South-west outbuilding range shiPPon with loft above. Although void of doors the arched frontispiece completes the space enclosure. Paul Orchard, Sheriff of Cornwall, lived at Aldercombe in 1760, and by his marriage to the Luttrell heiress came into possession of the former Augustinian Hartland Abbey. The arched gateway may have originated at Hartland Abbey, F.Audrey Hosier "Kilkhampton" Old Cornwall, volume VIII, pp.307-316, 364-371.

Listing NGR: SS2699411758


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Books and journals
'Old Cornwall' in Old Cornwall, (), 307-316
'Old Cornwall' in Old Cornwall, (), 364-371


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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