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West Devon (District Authority)
South Tawton
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8/237 Moorside


House. Mid - late C16 with late C16 and C17 improvements, modernised circa 1960 and again in 1986. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings; tile front wall may be faced with coursed blocks of granite ashlar; granite ashlar stack and replacement brick chimneyshaft; asbestos slate roof, formerly thatch. Plan and development: 2-room-and-through-passage plan house facing onto the road to the north-east and built down the hillslope. Uphill the right room was the former service end room, apparently unheated. It is now used as a garage and has been extended forwards a little in the C20. The left room is the hall with a large lateral stack projecting from the front. C20 service outshot to rear of passage and service end. From the beginning the passage and service end were floored over. There were as now 2 chambers there. The hall was originally open to the roof and heated by an open hearth fire. Very shortly afterwards (the roof is only lightly sooted) the hall fireplace was inserted and not too long after that (the early or mid C17) the hall was floored. There was apparently no inner room. The house seems to occupy the full width of its historic burgage property and is flanked by other historic buildings, the Oxenham Inn (q.v) to right and Nos 1 and 2 Mill House (q.v) to left. 8 Locked doorway through the right party wall is thought to be secondary. House is 2 storeys. Exterior: irregular 3-window front of C20 casements with glazing bars interrupted by the hall stack. The C20 flat-roofed porch and garage concealed the centre and right at ground floor level. Wall is plastered but a coved eaves cornice leads one to suspect that the front is granite ashlar. The roof runs along the building between the adjoining houses. Interior: preserves the original structure. However all detail is hidden behind C20 plasterboard in the service end room/garage. The lower passage partition is a granite ashlar wall (one stone is inscribed "John Smith") and contains a blocked doorway. C19 stairs in passage. Passage hall partition was an oak plank-and-muntin screen; the headbeam remains and some of the panelling towards the rear may do. Hall fireplace is granite ashlar with a hollow-chamfered surround and has never had an oven. The C17 crossbeam is soffit-chamfered with step stops. Original 5-bay roof structure is very complete and includes 2 integral closed trusses with oak- framed crosswalls. The service chamber and hall both 2 bays with an open true cruck truss with cambered collar. (Trusses all have carpenters assembly marks). Hall roof very lightly smoke-blackened from the short-lived open hearth fire). South Zeal is special being one of the few medieval boroughs where a good number of its C16 and C17 houses still survive. Moorside is an important house in its own right; a hall house built almost as chimneystacks were being built into houses. The open hearth here was apparently short-lived. Moreover the front lateral stack is an unusual feature in this part of Devon. The house appears more urban in character than most of its contemporary neighbours.

Listing NGR: SX6512893537


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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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Date: 20 Jun 2001
Reference: IOE01/04608/29
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Ken Vincent. Source Historic England Archive
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