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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: 1147547



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

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Burlescombe

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 05-Apr-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Mar-1988

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 95864

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BURLESCOMBE ST 01 NE 5/12 Rocknell Farmhouse including - granary adjoining the south-east 5.4.66 end (Formerly listed as Rockwell). GV II House, former farmhouse, including what might once have been used as a mill. Early C17, some late C17 - early C18 alterations, refurbished in late C19 and granary extension of circa 1910. Colour-washed local stone rubble; stone rubble stacks, one with its original stone rubble chimneyshaft, the others topped with C19 and C20 brick; thatch roof, slate to granary extension. Plan and development: T-plan house with an unusual and original layout. The main block faces north-east backing onto a stream. Overall it has a 5-room plan. At the right (north-west) end there is a small room. It was originally unheated although now there is an inserted gable-end stack. Its original function is not known. Next to it is the main room, the hall, and it has a large axial stack backing onto the right end room. Next to this is another small unheated room which was originally divided axially into 2, probably dairy and small connecting lobby. In front of this room and overlapping the hall a kitchen block with projecting gable-end stack projects forward at right angles and it contains the main stair from the hall (now a late C19 replacement of the original). The next room in the main block is large with a secondary rear lateral stack. This might have been used as a mill in the C17. It is difficult to ascribe any domestic function for it. At the left (south-east) end there is the granary of circa 1910. There is a late C19-early C20 service outshot (the present kitchen) across-the front to right of the original kitchen block. There are now 2 entrances, one into the 'mill' and another into the right end room through the outshot. There might always have been a doorway there into the 'mill' but the main doorway into the house was a lobby entry in front of the hall stack. The building is 2 storeys and there were originally attics in the roofspace over the house section. Exterior: 3-window front of C19 and C20 replacement casements with glazing bars to left of the kitchen block. The 'mill' front doorway is in the centre of this section and now contains a C20 door made up from C17 panelling. At the left end there are doorways on each floor to the granary extension, tne upper one is gained by an external flight of stone steps. There are no main block windows to right of the kitchen because of the outshot there. The kitchen and rear wall contain more C19 and C20 replacement casements with glazing bars and there is a C17 oak 2-light window with a chamfered mullion to rear of the hall stack. The main block is gable- ended to left and half-hipped to right. The kitchen block is gable-ended and the projecting stack has weathered offsets. Good interior: all the rooms of the house have soffit-chamfered beams with lambs tongue stops. There are 4 more similar in the long 'mill' room. In the hall the fireplace was built forward in the late C19 but the original is thought to survive benind. The opposite crosswall is an oak plank-and-muntin screen which contains a pair of central doorways with cambered heads; they have chamfered surrounds with step stops. There are 2 more similar doorways off the stair landing to the main block chambers, a third to the kitchen chamber and another survives in the roofspace from the former stair to the attics. The late C19 replacement stair is only to the first floor. The kitchen has a large fireplace with a plain chamfered oak lintel. On the first floor the kitchen chamber ceiling is carried on soffit-chamfered crossbeams with lambstongue stops. Those in the main block are plastered over. Only the hall and dairy section of the main block roof is original; it is carried on side-pegged jointed cruck trusses with a high slightly-curving collars. Lower down another crossbeam carrying the bedchamber ceiling is fixed into each truss. The rest of the roof was replaced in the late C17-early C18 A-frame trusses with pegged and spiked lap-jointed collars and X-apexes. The granary has plain carpentry detail. Throughout the house there is a great deal of introduced C20 joinery detail in C17 style. This is an interesting single phase house which is built alongside a stream and seems to incorporate a mill. The place is first mentioned in a charter of 958; then it was called Ruwan Cnol. Source: Devon SMR.

Listing NGR: ST0500716670

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National Grid Reference: ST 05007 16670


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