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North Devon (District Authority)
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SS 62939 24938



3/87 Court - - II Farmhouse, now private dwelling. Probably early C16, remodelled in late C16 and again in early C17, extended probably in late C17. Rendered stone rubble and cob above first floor level. Thatch roof with gable ends. Tall front lateral hall stack with tapered cap and drip, rendered stack to left gable end and demolished stack at right gable end. Plan 3-room and cross-passage plan with no rear outshuts. Clear multiphase development. Originally apparently a 2-room and cross-passage open hall house probably with low-screen partitions, the roof heavily smoke blackened from lower (left) gable end to thick hall/inner room cob partition which rises to apex of roof. Lower end ceiled first, jettied into hall, the jetty beam directly below the closed hall truss, the partition smoke-blackened on the hall side only. Secondary closed partition, clean on both sides, to-lower side of through-passage and unrelated to the lower end truss. Hall proper ceiled probably in late C16 or early C17, when probably the staircase was added at the lower end of the hall running from front to back beside the hall/passage screen. The staircase was subsequently removed in C20, the only staircase remaining being a C19 insertion in the front right corner of the lower end. The inner room at right end appears to be an addition of the late C17, and was within living memory occupied as a separate cottage. The lower end gable wall was largely rebuilt in late C19, a short length of front wall continuing to the left of the stack suggesting the lower end may have extended originally further to the left. 2 storeys. 4-window range. Early C20 fenestration all 3-light casements 3 panes per light. Ground floor has late C20 fenestration, a 2-light casement 12 panes per light to left of C20 door of 2 leaves to cross-passage, and C20 windows to hall and inner room all with timber lintels. Interior. Lower end has chamfered lintel with straight cut stops to fireplace with bread oven. Chamfered headrail of screen to lower side of passage. Plank and muntin screen to hall side of passage known to survive but entirely concealed in C20. Hall fireplace partially rebuilt in C20 but timber lintel survives. Large chamfered cross ceiling beam to lower end of hall, with axial ceiling beam morticed into it. Chamfered half beam to rear wall. The similarity of the stops on all the beams - all keel stops, suggests the original jetty beam may have been replaced when the hall ceiling was inserted, perhaps because of the insertion of the hall staircase in the unusual position on its lower side. Inner room has chamfered scroll-stopped fireplace lintel. Blocked doorway to rear wall on both floors. Roof structure accessible only over hall and lower end. 2 raised cruck trusses with morticed and tenoned cranked collars, 2 tiers of butt purlins and threaded ridge purlin, and additional purlin trenched into the elbow of the crucks forming a kind of wall plate on rear side only. All roof members, including battens rafters and underside of thatch to front side are heavily smoke-blackened. Closed stud and clay jamb partition over lower side of cross-passage clean on both sides and closed partition to hall truss smoke-blackened on hall side only. Court was the ancient court-house of the manor. In the C18 it was occupied by the steward of the Rolle family.

Listing NGR: SS6293924938


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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: 02 Jun 2004
Reference: IOE01/11791/03
Rights: Copyright IoE Dr Ann Allen. Source Historic England Archive
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