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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1146736



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

County: Devon

District: West Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Chagford

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: II

Date first listed: 16-Sep-1987

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 94605

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3/76 Thorn Farmhouse and Thorn Farm - Cottage GV II

Farmhouse and cottage, formerly all one house. Early C16 with major late C16 and C17 improvements, one dated 1687; modernised circa 1980 when subdivided. Granite stone rubble with roughly-dressed quoins; granite stacks with granite ashlar chimney shafts; thatch roof. Plan and development: originally a 3-room-and-through-passage plan farmhouse facing south and built down a hillslope. The inner room at the uphill left (west) end has a gable end stack. Hall has a large axial stack backing onto the through passage and a newel stair turret projecting to rear. The service end room has a gable end kitchen stack. Thorn Farmhouse occupies the former inner room, hall and passage with a single storey extension of circa 1980 to rear of the inner room. Thorn Farm Cottage occupies the former service end kitchen and has a service outshot to rear, converted from a woodstore circa 1980. It seems that the original house was open to the roof from end to end, divided by low partitions and heated by an open hearth fire. Through the late C16 and C17 the fireplaces were inserted and the rooms progressively floored over. The datestone of 1687 probably dates the flooring of the hall and the reroofing of the hall and inner room. Now 2 storeys thorughout. Exterior: overall irregular 4-window front of C20 casements, all but one with glazing bars. The ground floor left window (to the inner room) has been converted to French windows. The front passage doorway (to the farmhouse) is right of centre. It contains an oak doorframe of uncertain date with a C20 door behind a C20 porch with monopitch slate roof. Alongide to right is the doorway inserted for the cottage. It contains a C20 door behind a contemporary glass-sided porch with monopitch slate roof. The datestone, inscribed 1687, is set under the sill of the hall chamber fireplace. The main roof is gable-ended. Interior contains features from all the main building phases. The oldest feature is the early C16 2-bay roof over the service end which contains 2 true cruck trusses with a small yoke at the apex carrying a diagonal ridge (Alcock's apex type L1). The whole roof structure and the underside of the thatch here is thoroughly smoke- blackened indicating that the original roof was open to the roof from end to end and heated by an open hearth fire. Below, the service end kitchen is probably C17. The crossbeam has plain soffit chamfers, the same finish as the oak lintel of the granite fireplace. This fireplace contains an oven each side, the left one unusually large. The hall fireplace was probably inserted in the late C16-early C17. The back in the passage, is granite ashlar with chamfered plinth and soffit-chamfered cornice. Alongside a contemporary oak doorframe leads from passage to hall; it has an ellipitcal, almost round, head and a chamfered surround. The fireplace is large, plain and built wholly cf granite ashlar. At the upper end of the hall an oak plank- and-muntin screen has chamfered muntins with roll stops high enough for an upper end bench. The screen may be late C16-early C17 although the rest of the structure of the hall and inner room appears to be late C17. Both rooms have soffit-chamfered crossbeams with late step stops and the oak lintel of the inner room fireplace has a similar finish. Smaller similar fireplace to the chamber over. Roof over this section of tall and steeply-pitched A-frame trusses with pegged lap-jointed collars. Thorn Farmhouse and Thorn Farm Cottage form part of a group of varied listed buildings which make up the attractive hamlet of Thorn.

Listing NGR: SX6845286582

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National Grid Reference: SX 68452 86582


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