Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1147008

Date first listed: 23-Aug-1955



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County: Devon

District: Teignbridge (District Authority)

Parish: Moretonhampstead

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 75465 86031


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MORETONHAMPSTEAD CROSS STREET (south side), SX 7586 Moretonhampstead 8/116 No. 32, Mearsdon Manor - 23.8.55 GV II*

House, now in use as tea room and shop with private accommodation on first floor and at rear. Probably late C15 or early C16, altered later in C16 and early C17, remodelled in circa mid C19 and extended circa early C20. Roughcast granite rubble. Gable-ended roof with interlocking clay tiles, crested ridge tiles and projecting eaves. Axial ridge stacks; left-hand former higher end stack has rendered brick shaft; right-hand lower room stack, granite with tapered cap. Large granite ashlar lateral hall stack projecting to right of centre with chamfered plinth, moulded cornice and tapered shaft. 3-room-and-through-passage plan, originally open to the roof over the hall and higher end, which were divided by low screens. It was probably open to the roof at lower end also but as there is only one surviving original truss, which is over the higher end of the hall, the development of the lower is conjectural. The inner room was floored later in C16 creating a first floor chamber and it seems likely that the lower end was floored at the same time. The next phase was the flooring of the hall, probably in early C17 when the front lateral hall stack was built and possibly the lower room stack with an oven was also inserted at this time in the unusual position at the higher end of the lower room backing onto the passage. The stack at the higher end was probably built when the chamber over the inner room was created. Later in the C17 the house was extended at the higher end where in C19 a carriageway was put through. In circa mid C19 the front was entirely refenestrated. In circa early C20 an extension containing a staircase at the back of the lower end and a large rear extension were built. 2 storeys. Long, asymmetrical 6-window range. C19 12-pane sashes without horns except for first floor left which has horns. Ground floor right 12-pane fixed- light window. Extension to left has 2-light casement at mid floor level and carriageway through with timber door-frame and concealed lintel. C19 panelled and glazed door to left of centre with canopy on shaped brackets. Over the central former hall window there is a granite hoodmould. To the right of the lateral hall stack the passage doorway with massive timber doorframe with carpenter's mitres and hollow and ovolo moulding, base of one jamb replaced and the other is very worn. Old nail-studded plank door, cross-planked on inner side and with wrought iron hinges. The early C20 rear extension is an almost detached 2-storey building of granite rubble. Roof: only one original truss survives and this is only visible above collar level. It seems to be situated over the higher end of the hall. The apex and collar are morticed. There are holes for a threaded ridge-piece and for the purlins. The truss is smoke-blackened on both sides and on the lower west side there is smoke- blackened plaster. Apart from this truss and a later clean truss with trenched purlins over the extension at the higher end, the roof has been entirely replaced at higher level with soft wood king-post trusses. Interior: plank and muntin screen between hall and passage with chamfered muntins on hall side with pyramid stops; ovolo moulded muntins and rail with carpenter's mitres on passage side with worn oval-shaped stops; the head beam is moulded on the passage side with ovolo and hollow mouldings, and square section on hall side; widened doorway opening to hall. Screen between inner room and hall replaced or covered with early C17 panelling with projecting frieze below the head beam which possibly conceals on internal jetty; the old sole plate survives at base of the screen. The head beam and main cross beam are deeply chamfered with hollow step stops. There is another cross-beam, roughly chamfered and without stops, at lower end of hall near the screen. Lateral hall fireplace with chamfered granite monoloithic jambs now without stops and massive granite lintel concealed behind a C20 board. Inner room fireplace blocked. Longitudinal beam deeply chamfered and with stops in inner room. Backing onto lower side of passage a stack with granite ashlar back with chamfered plinth and cornice; the fireplace has chamfered monolithic granite jambs; if there were stops they have been worn off; ovolo-moulded wooden lintel with chamfered mason's mitres to the jambs suggesting that if the lintel were a later replacement it has been made especially for this fireplace; oven with segmental granite arch doorway and granite lined. Doorway to passage has heavy ovolo-moulded frame with carpenter's mitres and rather worn urn-shaped stops. The longitudinal beam in lower room is roughly chamfered and without stops. Blocked doorway in rear wall of lower room. The first floor rooms have been enlarged and remodelled in the mid C19 when the roof was heightened. Circa early C20 stairs in large stair well at rear of lower end and passage. It is said that this is the site of the Saxon Barton of circa 700 AD. Sir Philip Courtenay came into the possession of Moreton in 1309 when he enlarged and improved the Barton to become his manor house. Mearsdon Manor is a substantial late medieval house which in spite of C19 remodelling retains many high quality interior features. Externally the large lateral stack and the old doorway, together with the complete C19 fenestration, are an important feature in Cross Street.

Listing NGR: SX7546786024


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