Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1308422

Date first listed: 23-Aug-1955



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County: Devon

District: Teignbridge (District Authority)

Parish: Bishopsteignton

National Grid Reference: SX 91296 74011


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10/67 Ashill Farmhouse

23.8.55 II

Farmhouse. Late C15/early C16 origins, remodelled in the circa early C17 with subsequent phases of rebuilding and addition at the left end. Whitewashed plastered cob on stone rubble footings, right end wall red sandstone rubble; thatched roof, hipped at left end, gabled at right end ; 2 axial stacks, right end stack. Plan: The present arrangement is a 3 room and through passage plan, hall stack backing on to passage, lower end to the left, with an additional 1 room plan extension a the left end. C18 and C19 rear left lean-to, early C20 2-storey rear centre wing. The origins of the house are a late medieval open hall house with a medieval roof structure surviving over the 2 right hand rooms and passage ; crosswall at lower end of passage. The lower end and passage were probably floored before the hall, and the hall stack appears to have been added before the circa early C17 flooring which has high quality carpentry detail. The right end wall of the inner room has been rebuilt, contemporary with the inner room stack, the details suggesting a possibly C18 date. There is also evidence of rebuilding at the lower end which has an altered C17 kitchen fireplace. The rear wall of the hall and the roof to the rear of the ridge has been adjusted to provide an axial first floor passage. Extensive repairs of the 1970s and 1980s. Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 5-window front with a C20 gabled porch to left of centre. C20 French windows, one to ground floor left and 2 to ground floor to right. Small ovolo-moulded timber window frame to right of porch, re-sited and originally part of a larger window, early C19 12-pane sash to right. 2 2-light C19 or C20 2- light casements with glazing bars to first floor left, 3 12-pane sashes to first floor right. Interior: Fine hall with an open fireplace with a decayed timber lintel, bread oven and a well-built relieving arch partly concealed by the early C17 ceiling beams which have ovolo-moulded crossbeams with large decorative stops consisting of an urn, a bar and a step. The joists are also ovolo-moulded and stopped and there is a trimmer beam immediately in front of the stack with cross joists. The splayed jamb and timber lintel of the large, early C17 hall window was found during renovations but is now concealed ; splayed jamb also found of inner room window. The inner room has a shallow open fireplace with large timber lintel and rough, slender, closely- spaced crossbeams. The passage has plain exposed joists and C19 patterned floor tiling. The lower end room has a plain crossbeam and large open fireplace with a chamfered lintel. The jambs have been rebuilt and the fireplace was originally wider than at present, remains of bread oven and a shallow niche with an iron door. The first floor retains the remains of 2 chamfered doorframes in the axial passage, presumably giving access to 2 first floor rooms from the first floor lobby of the stair, prior to the creation of the axial passage. A third C17 doorframe with one ovolo-moulded jamb and an ovolo-moulded lintel may be re-sited. Roof: 3 side-pegged smoke-blackened jointed cruck trusses survive with peaked collars mortised into the principals, a threaded diagonally-set ridge and threaded purlins, 2 bays complete with smoke-blackened thatch, rafters and battens. At the right end a later replacement C17 truss with a lap notched collar. Some of the trusses have been carefully repaired in the last 20 years. Soot encrustation suggests that the open hearth was sited towards the present hall stack. The present owner, Mr Dawe, who has repaired the house, has an extensive photographic record of the repair work. A multi-phase traditional house of late medieval origins with high quality early C17 carpentry.

Listing NGR: SX9129674011


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