Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1146627

Date first listed: 20-Feb-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Jun-1989

Statutory Address: CHURCH HOUSE


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Statutory Address: CHURCH HOUSE

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Torridge (District Authority)

Parish: Hartland

National Grid Reference: SS 23581 24670


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3/190 Church House (previously listed as Church Houses)



Church house, subsequently divided into 2 cottages, now a single house. Probably later C15 or early C16, altered C19 including some internal division and refenestration. Coursed and squared rubble, C19 or C20 slate roof, end stacks, one to left with a C19 brick shaft, one to right with a large rubble stack. Plan: single room depth, 3 rooms on the ground floor; direct entry into the right room which was the original kitchen with a gable-end stack with a large hearth. Th> other 2 rooms were probably entered from the kitchen and may have been used for secure storage of parish goods. In the C19 the kitchen was partially divided to provide an entrance passage with a doorway at the rear, also a small straight-flight staircase was provided to give access to the first floor; at the same time the central room was given a rear lateral stack and hearth (now disused) and the end room to the extreme left was given a gable-end stack. Original access to the first floor was provided by a staircase on the gable-end in the kitchen, now blocked. Also on the centre of the front, there is a stair-turret which provided external access to the parish room which had 2 garderobes at the rear. The parish rood was divided in tne C19 or early C20 to provide bedrooms and a passage running along the rear of the house. Exterior: 2 storeys, 2:1:2-windows, on the first floor a 2-light C19 casement with horizontal glazing bars and a wooden lintol to the left, next to it a C18 casements of 2-lights with square-paned facade lights, stone lintol and chamfered stone jambs and cill of a C15 or C16 window; next window along is of 2-lights C19 casements with horizontal glazing bars, stone lintol, jambs and cill of an earlier window next to that on the right a 12-pane 2-light casement with wooden lintol. On the ground floor 5 relieving arches, 3 C19 casements, 2 with horizontal glazing bars and one of 12-panes, 2 under the relieving arches and one under a wood lintol, blocked relieving arch windows. Centre bay projects with stair turret with a lean-to roof of slate; rough rubble plinth, 2 small window openings. Highest small and square and set directly under the eaves, stone jambs and cill. Also a narrow semi-circular head window to left. 4-pane casement under wooden lintol on ground floor. On side of stair turret a blocked door opening with 5 stone steps up and iron handrail. 2 other door openings, that to right in a chamfered stone frame with a 4-centred arch- head, plank door. Further door opening to left of ground floor, plank door in C19 wooden frame. Left return with blocked gable window in stone frame. Rear elevation with 3 C19 sash windows and a casement; garderobe projecting with a lean-to slate roof, a small semi-circular headed lancet in each end elevation, the ground floor pierced through by a door opening with a plank door, probably C19. Gabled stair projecting to left containing the blocked staircases rising from the kitchen. Interior: ground floor with large blocked fireplace in the kitchen with a small doorway to right in a semi-circular head surround which gives onto a former smoking- chamber, the fireplace with a large wooden bressumer, presently obscured, also presently obscured there is probably a bread oven. Central ground floor room with remains of simple wooden cornice around the wall, C18 or C19 fireplace with a rough- hewn bressumer. On the 1st floor 3 doorways in wooden frames with 4-centred arch heads, 2 to the garderobes and one leading into the stair turret. Cavetto-moulded cornice all around the walls, now part obscured by C19 and C20 division. Roof: of 8 bays, straight principals resting on a wall-plate cranked mortised collar and mortised ridge, 2 rows of threaded purlisn, C19 roof set over. This is a particularly good example of a Devon Church House retaining many early features but internally and externally relatively little altered. It is situated in a very prominent roadside position.

Listing NGR: SS2358324673


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