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Mid Devon (District Authority)
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SS 81300 09816


WOOLFARDISWORTHY DENSHAM LANE SS 80 NW 6/296 Higher Densham Farmhouse - - II

Farmhouse. Probably C16 core; major early and mid C17 improvements, rearrangement and extension. Plastered cob on rubble footings; rubble stacks, 1 with original mudstone chimney shaft and others topped with C19 and C20 brick; asbestos slate roof (formerly thatch). L-shaped building. Main range facing south has 3-room plan. It may have been a hall house with through passage but was rearranged in C17 and again in C19 and any earlier plan form is obscured. C17 rear block at right angles behind right (east) end includes 2 service rooms and an agricultural store in the end room. Centre room has granary over. Main block has projecting end stack at left (west) end and axial stack between centre and right rooms. Rear block has axial stack between domestic rooms. Stair block in angle of the two ranges. 2 storeys. Regular 3-window front of C20 casements without glazing bars. C19 6-panel door right of centre. Wall plate discernable over centre and right rooms. Roof is hipped to right and gable-ended to left. Projecting left end stack has original C17 chimney shaft built of small roughly-squared mudstone blocks laid to courses and includes a dripcourse and plain coping. Windows to rear and in rear block are C20 casements similar to those on front. Agricultural store in end of rear block has possibly C17 oak doorframe with chamfered surround in end wall. External stone stairs on outer wall to granary. Rear block roof has hipped end. Interior shows some C17 features but more are thought to be hidden by C19 plaster. For instance, all the fireplaces are blocked. In main range only the right (eastern) room has an exposed C17 beam; it is ovolo-moulded with scroll stops. C17 doorway from right room to rear block has chamfered and scroll-stopped oak lintel and both domestic rooms of rear block have C17 chamfered and scroll-stopped crossbeams. The roof structure appears to be work of 2 or 3 C17 building phases. Only the upper part of most trusses can be examined. All appear to have no collars whilst those in the front block have butt purlins and those in rear block have trenched purlins. Rear block truss nearest the main range has principals which curve together at the top creating a rounded apex and the mortise and tenon meet head on. Only in the rear block granary is a complete truss exposed and it is a side-pegged jointed cruck.

Listing NGR: SS8130009816


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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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