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Peeks Farmhouse, Cornworthy

Description: Peeks Farmhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 26 April 1993
English Heritage Building ID: 100977

OS Grid Reference: SX8098453726
OS Grid Coordinates: 280984, 53726
Latitude/Longitude: 50.3714, -3.6749

Location: Allaleigh Lane, Cornworthy, Devon TQ9 7DL

Locality: Cornworthy
Local Authority: South Hams District Council
County: Devon
Country: England
Postcode: TQ9 7DL

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Listing Text

10/66 Peeks Farmhouse


House, formerly a farmhouse. Probably C16; remodelled in early to mid C17
when it was demolished at the left hand end and extended at the right hand
end; remodelled again in circa 1830 and refurbished in late C20.
Rendered stone rubble, pebble dash at front and some scantle slate hanging
at the back. Thatched roof with gab led ends; the rear stair tower has a
half-hipped scantle slate roof and the rear outshut has an asbestos tile
roof. Rendered gable and stacks, the right hand stack projects and has
set-offs and a tapered shaft; the left hand stack also has a tapered shaft
but does not project, it has a slate cornice at about first floor level.
The lateral stack at the back has a tall thin rendered shaft.
Plan: The existing house has a 3-room plan with a cross-passage between
the centre room and the right hand room. The passage leads to a stair
tower at the back. the rooms at either end are heated from gable end
stacks and there is a lateral stack at the back of the centre room. the
axial corridor in an outshut behind the centre and left-hand rooms links
the stair and cross passage to the left end room. There is another outshut
behind the right hand room.
Development: This 3-room plan is probably the result of an early to mid
C17 remodelling of an earlier house whose lower end and passage immediately
to the left of the existing house has been demolished. The present left
end room would have been the hall and what is now a gable end stack was the
former hall's axial stack which backed onto the now demolished passage at
the left end. The remodelling involved extending the house at its higher
right end by replacing the putative inner room with 2 parlours with a
passage between leading to a stair tower at the back; the former hall at
the left end becoming the kitchen. In circa 1830 the facade was
refenerated and a corridor in a shallow outshut was built at the back to
provide access from the kitchen at the left end to the stairs and passage;
another small outshut was built behind the right hand room probably later
in the C19.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 1:3 window range, the 3 right hand
windows are symmetrically disposed around a central doorway; they are C20
replacement of early C19 tripartite sashes with glazing bars, the centre
first floor window is an early C19 12-pane sash. Central round-headed
doorway with a blind semi-circular fanlight a ledged door and a C20 gable
porch which is about to be replaced (1987). The left hand windows cause
the asymmetry of the front; a 12-pane sash on each floor, the ground floor
window a C20 replacements, the first floor an earlier replacements of the
original early C19 sash.
Rear elevation: The gable end fireplace in the left end room is blocked
but a dressed slate jamb can be seen and the lintel has been replaced. The
newel stairs in the rear left hand corner of this room has been removed
from its turret. The right hand end room's fireplace has been blocked by a
later fireplace. Early C19 dog-leg staircase in the rear stair tower, only
the balustrade at the top survives, it has stick balusters, a column newel
and moulded handrail. the first floor chamber at the right hand end has a
fireplace with a ovolo and fillet moulded timber lintel with bar hollow
stops. The chamber at the left end has a fireplace with a chamfered timber
lintel with bar stops on a granite corbel which replaces a timber corbel.
There are some early to mid C19 panelled doors.
Roof: The roof over the right hand end has 3 trusses with chambered
collars with notched cap joists to the straight principals which have
mortice and tenoned apexes and threaded purlins and ridge-piece. The 3
trusses over the left end have collars lapped to the face of the principals
and trenched purlins. There are few reused blacken ed timbers which may be
salvaged material from a fire at the left end or from the roof of a former
open hall.

Listing NGR: SX8098453726

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Source: English Heritage

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