MARY TAVY HORNDON
SX 58 SW
1/74 Horndon House
House, possibly originally longhouse. Mid C16, possibly incorporating earlier
building, upper end raised and improved early C19, inner room fireplace and roof of
mid C19 and later rebuilding of shippon wall (still in use as shippon late C19), C20
alterations. Mixed granite and slatestone rubble, slate roofs, cement-washed over
lower range, with weathered gable stacks.
3 room and through passage plan, with unusually wide passage, lower end appears to
have been originally unheated. Hall heated by stack backing on to passage, gable end
stack to inner room. In the C19 a long single-storey outbuilding was added to the
rear of the lower end with later outshuts at the rear.
Upper end has 2 windows, at ground floor a 2-light casement of 2 panes each light and
2-light casement with segmental head, 3 panes each light; first floor has similar
casement to left and 4-pane sash to right; footings rising to right. Lower end to
left of 1½ storeys has single storey C20 porch in angle to right with C20 stable
door, two 2-light casements to left, one with segmental head; lean-to to left,
probably contemporary with C19 rebuilding of shippon, has small single light. Right
return has large external stack to inner room. Left return has 2 C20 windows in
lean-to and door, C20 2-light-casement in rendered gable end above. Rear has single
storey lean-to to right with corrugated roof and 2 small C20 2-light casements, rear
of through passage set back to left with C20 outer door, inside has step up to door
opening with timber lintel. Rear of main range has at ground floor right a small
chamfered granite ventilator window, 2-light casement of 6 panes each light with
timber lintel and dripstone, and C20 French window, first floor right a 2-light
casement with 3 panes each light.
Interior passage has granite bacon-curing trough to right and rounded projection
from rear of oven, large mortices above, previously floored, now open to roof level,
possible site of door to left, keeping hole in rear wall. Heated room to right has
fireplace with hollow-chamfered granite jambs, hatch above fireplace, to left of
fireplace, remains of granite winder stair under C19 straight stair with 2-panelled
door, door to passage has cambered chamfered lintel remaining from formerly wider
opening, 4-panelled door with raised mouldings and part of hearth stone from first
floor room projecting above lintel; larger window has deep splayed reveal, formerly
with seat, also splayed reveal to granite window; ceiling has 2 chamfered cross
beams, with run-out stops, hatch above fireplace, joists with step and run-out stops.
Inner room at higher level, C20 fireplace inserted. From passage, 2 steps down to
room to left, position of drain not visible. At first floor, formerly fireplace over
hall stack. Rear of house possibly originally front.
Listing NGR: SX5203880071