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North Devon (District Authority)
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SS 62311 30796


SWIMBRIDGE YARNACOTT SS 63 SW 8/218 Middle Yarnacott


Farmhouse. Probably late C15 remodelled in C16 and again in C17 with alterations 1976/1977. Painted rendered cob and stone. Thatch roof with gable ends. Tall lateral hall stack with offsets, small ridge stack and tall narrow shaft to stack across front right end. 3-room formerly open hall plan, but no evidence of a cross-passage - probably therefore direct entry to hall. This may have been a true longhouse, the shippon now converted to form part of dwelling. Stair turrets to rear of hall and in small projection with thatched lean-to roof at right gable end. 2 storeys, the hall has been reopened to the roof, 5-window range. C19/C20 fenestration, three 2-light casements and a 4-light casement 2 panes per light. Window of 3-light doorway over replaced, the original with round-headed lights reset to interior rear wall of hall. Five 2-light casements to ground floor with a 4-paned single light at right end. C20 door. Hall window built out to 2 storey height in line with stack, with small straight headed timber squint window to the side wall. Interior: ovolo-moulded ceiling beams (1 full beam and 2 half beams) to hall with step stops with 2 bars flanking small roll. Inner room has chamfered beam and some C18 panelled joinery. C17 chamfered and scroll-stopped surround to C17 doorcase. Chamber over upper room has scroll-stopped lintel to fireplace with herringbone style slated back to the hearth. 5 Barnstaple lead glazed tiles found set on edge at back of fireplace are redisplayed in hall. Roof structure of a raised cruck truss over hall between solid cob walls to apex of roof with cranked collar tenoned into soffit mortices to the blades and 2 tiers of threaded purlins. 2 similar trusses over byre end but with trenched purlins. Smoke blackening confined to hall section only. Plank and muntin chamber screen to hall with evidence of position of initial ladder access to chamber indicates phase of jettied chamber to lower end of hall. Upper section of screen missing but mortices survive. Inner room with chamber over probably added in C17.

Listing NGR: SS6231130796


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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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