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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1344669



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Somerset

District: Sedgemoor

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Spaxton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 20-Nov-1987

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 269428

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SPAXTON ST 23 NW BARFORD ROAD 2310 3615 (west side off) 2/170 Four Forks II* (star) Clerks Cottage

Hall house, now agricultural building. Probably C15, with later alterations particularly in the C16/17 and early C20. Cob, rubble brought to course and C20 brickwork. Roof of corrugated iron and some pantiles. L-shaped plan comprising: 4½ bay range with open hall passage running south-west/north east and having storeyed solar at west end; 2-storey, 3 bay wing projects at right angles on north west; adjoining the south-east side of the hall range a C20 pent-roofed farm building not of special interest. Door and windows are mostly timber-lintel led. North east elevation:- the wing has 2 doorways (left one part blocked) and 2 wood framed windows above; roof hipped on left with renewed brick ridge stack near left end. The hall range, projecting forward, has its gable a blocked ground floor opening and another above (and board door to lean-to farm building). Its right (inner) return has a board door to former through passage in bay 2, and to bay 3 an inserted window and door under single timber lintel; the 2 left bays have pantile roof.

South west-(rear) elevation:-some cob to centre and C20 brick to right of this; doorway to left of centre, the walling above it broken through to form taking in door, ground floor windows to its left. and right and another doorway with window over to brick section. Eaves stacks to ends. North-west (right)gable:- Central part is of cob with pebble. inclusions on thinly-coursed rubble plinth with central buttress, corners and gable of rubble, and eaves of C20 brick. South-east (left) elevation:- hall range (masked by lean-to) has C17 wood-mullioned window on left, C20 wood-framed window to centre, and doorway to through-passage on its right.

Interior: hall range:3 bay open hall with through passage and ½ bay smoke bay. The latter with inserted large scantling chamfered cross-beam having mortices for former joists and against its east side remains of an inserted corner fireplace. At the south-west end, plank and muntin panelling separates off the storeyed end bay, the panelling having traces of limewash and painted black pattern; at the south-west end, a chamfered cross-beam and later corner fireplace; later stairs up to the 1st floor chamber which has wide floor boards on square section joists which project into the hall forming internal jetty. The roof of this range has smoke blackened timbers. There are 5 roof trusses with jointed crucks and arch braces;some of the wall posts and "crucks" now gone; part of the square section ridge piece, 2 collars, some large scantling purlins and one curved wind-brace in the smoke bay survive. At the south west end is framing for former lip in north east truss sockets for wattles in timbers indicate that this was originally a closing truss.

Wing: fireplace at junction with hall range has chamfered, cambered, timber lintel and chamfered stone jambs with triangular stops, the stack is of wattle and daub with rubblestone at top. inserted north west corner fireplace. Trusses between bays have wall posts (some gone); ½ pyramidal - stopped broad - chamfered cross beams supporting square-sectioned joists with broad floor boards above; and on 1st floor they rise into roof trusses of the same type as those in the hall having large scantling trenched purlins and square-section ridge-piece and rafters, the truss which crosses the stack having queen posts and collar, and the north-easternmost truss having a cambered collar with mortices for former queen posts and former wattles (possibly from former smoke hood rather than end wall since purlins and ridge piece continue to end wall which has butted boards in gable. Between the 2 north eastern bays is a framed, former lime-washed wattle and daub partition wall with a narrow 2-centred-arched doorway and above it a scissor-braced roof truss (one of the braces fallen out).

In state of dereliction at time of inspection.

Listing NGR: ST2311236095

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National Grid Reference: ST 23108 36104


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