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Mendip (District Authority)
West Pennard
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ST 54051 38959


WEST PENNARD CP EAST STREET LANE(North side) ST53NW EAST STREET 572/6/211 Old Farmhouse 17.10.85

- II*

Farmhouse. Circa mid C14; remodelled C15, C16 and circa late C16/early C17; altered C18 and C19. Coursed lias stone rubble, rendered at front; some brick alterations. Thatched roof, clad in corrugated-iron sheets, with stone coped gable ends. Stone and brick axial and gable-end stacks. PLAN: 3-room and through-passage plan, lower end to right [E] with gable end stack, hall with axial stack at its lower end backing onto the through-passage and an unheated inner room with a C19 brick gable-end stack. Originally the hall was open to the roof and heated from an open-hearth fire, and the floor over the inner room was jettied out over the inner room/hall partition into the hall; the partition above the jetty installed circa C15 while the hall was still open to the roof. In the C16 an axial stack was built at the lower end of the hall and in circa late C16/early C17 a floor was inserted into the hall creating a hall chamber. Uncertain whether lower end was originally open to roof because the roof here was rebuilt in about C18. Circa C18/19 outshuts at lower right [E] end. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4-window range south front. C19 3-light casements with horizontal glazing bars, ground floor left C19 16-pane sash; central doorway to through-passage with plank door. Rear [N] through-passage doorway has chamfered wooden frame with Tudor arch head, mason's mitres and plank door with strap hinges; later plank door on right and lean-to outshut on left which continues around left [E] end. INTERIOR: Through-passage has wide unchamfered joists and plank-and-muntin screen on low side. Kitchen has chamfered axial beam, ceiled joists and large gable-end fireplace with chamfered timber bressumer. Hall has large stone fireplace with chamfered dressed stone jambs and deeply chamfered timber bressumer, deeply chamfered axial beam with cyma stops and half-beams against front and rear walls; internal jetty at high end of hall with rounded and chamfered joist ends supporting plain jetty beam. Inner room has wide closely-spaced unchamfered joists and trimmers for ladder stairs. Chamfered wooden 4-centred arch doorway from hall-chamber to low-end chamber with plank door. Circa C18 roof over lower end with shaped, halved and lapped nailed collars and tenoned purlins. Smoke-blackened hall roof, its central jointed cruck truss with scarf joint to post and principal, lapped collar and halved apex; closed truss at high end over jetty with smoke-blackening on hall side, diagonal ridgepiece and some common-rafters intact. 1-bay inner room chamber roof collapsed on north side, but south side and end trusses intact, lightly smoke-blackened [hall/inner room chamber partition clean on high side], collar truss near partition, two tiers of chamfered purlins and one tier of curved chamfered wind-braces, common-rafters, diagonal ridgepiece and smoke-blackened thatch and battens intact; chamfered arch-braced truss against gable end with large cambered collar, above which are cusped and chamfered braces forming arch at apex of truss. SOURCE: Somerset Vernacular Building Research Group; report, March 2000.

Listing NGR: ST5405138959


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'Somerset Vernacular Building Research Group Report' in Somerset Vernacular Building Research Group, (2000)


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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