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Snail House, Cornworthy

Description: Snail House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 3 March 1992
English Heritage Building ID: 100996

OS Grid Reference: SX8466455150
OS Grid Coordinates: 284664, 55150
Latitude/Longitude: 50.3849, -3.6237

Location: Cornworthy, Devon TQ9 7HQ

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

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Listing Text

6/86 Snail House


Farmhouse. Circa 1840-45 remodelling and enlargement of an earlier house.
Colourwashed slate rubble with slate hung left-hand (SW) end wall.
Asbestos slate roof with gabled ends and deep eaves at the front. Gable
end stacks with red brick shafts, the right hand end stack projects;
central rear lateral stack with brick shaft and disused and truncated
lateral stack at the rear of the back range.
Plan: A 3-room plan main range, the left and centre rooms are the
principal rooms with a stairhall between the left room is heated from a
gable end stack, the centre room has a rear lateral stack and the third
room is the kitchen and the right hand end heated from a gable end stack.
there are 2 unheated service rooms and a back staircase in an outshut
behind the centre and right hand end with an axial passage to a service
entrance of the right hand end of the house. There is a redundant lateral
stack on the rear wall of the outshut and the straight masonry joint on the
front wall between the centre and right hand rooms suggest the present plan
is the result of a remodelling of an earlier house.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 2-window front. The windows to the left
and centre are symmetrically disposed around a central doorway, the right
hand 1-window bay and there is a straight masonry joint between the 2
parts. All the windows are C19 sashes completed with glazing bars and flat
brick arches, large 20-pane sashes on the ground floor and smaller 16-pane
sashes on the first, all with small horns. Doorway to left of centre has
mid C19 fielded 9-panel door and a C19 open porch with moulded wooden
column and pilasters supporting an entablature canopy.
The rear wall of the main front range is blind except for a tall narrow C19
stair window with a straight head and 16 panes. The roof of the main range
is carried down as a catslide over the service range to the left at the
back; this range has various asymmetrically disposed C19 and C20 casements
and a redundant truncated projecting lateral stack with set-offs.
The right hand (north east) end has a projecting gable end stack with set-
offs, a C19 3-light casement on the first floor, and open-fronted outshut
with a scantle lean-to roof land a C19 divided plank door with circa c19 or
early C20 2-light casement to the right. To the left of the right hand end
in the angle with the lean-to there is a large granite apple-crusher.
Interior: Most of the original, joinery is intact including panelled
doors, cupboards and shutters etc but there are no moulded plaster cornices
and the chimneypieces in the 2 principal front rooms have been removed.
There is a mid-C19 open-well staircase with a closed string, stick
balusters and a moulded mahogany handrail wreathed over a column newel.
The right hand room, the kitchen has rough chamfered cross-beams and a
kitchen fireplace, now blocked with brick, and with a shelf above. The
first floor was not inspected but panelled doors and chimneypieces are
said to survive.

Listing NGR: SX8466455150

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Source: English Heritage

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