If you log in, you can comment on buildings, submit new photos or update photos that you've already submitted.
Description: Billany Farmhouse and Stables Adjoining East North East
Date Listed: 11 December 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 101000
OS Grid Reference: SX7750362624
OS Grid Coordinates: 277503, 62624
Latitude/Longitude: 50.4506, -3.7268
Explore more of the area around Dartington, Devon at Explore Britain.
SX76SE Billany Farmhouse
1/90 and Stables Adjoining
11.12.86 East North East
Farmhouse,l divided into 2 occupations and adjoining stables. Probably
early to mid C17, extended in circa late C17 or early C18 and with C19
alterations. Rendered limestone rubble. Dry slate roof with gable ends,
the roof level stepped down twice towards the right hand end, the right
hand end section is clad in corrugated asbestos. Projecting rendered stack
at left hand gable end with rebuilt shaft, rear lateral stack with rebuilt
shaft and truncated right hand gable and stack.
Plan. Long rectangular single depth plan of 4 rooms. The lower right end
is heated from a gable end stack with ovens and a smoking chamber. The
room to the right of centre has a blocked lateral stack at the back. To
the left of centre there is a small unheated room at the front with an
axial passage behind and a staircase behind that against the back wall. To
the left of the unheated front room there is a through passage and at the
extreme left end a room with a blocked gable end stack. Behind the centre
and left end of the range there are circa C18 and/or C19 service outshuts,
a kitchen to the left and dairy to the right with passage between. In
circa early or mid C19 stables were added to the lower right hand end, set
Interpretation: The right hand room has a much lower floor level land was
originally the kitchen. The room to its left may have originally been the
hall with a lateral stack at the back, but the only indication of a through
passage is the back doorway into the later outshut at the rear. The
unheated room to the left of centre and the passage and staircase behind
may have been the site of the inner room converted when the extreme left
end room and through passage were added perhaps in the late C17 or early
C18. Either at the same time or soon after the lower end room was
relegated to an outbuilding and internal stairs added to the front. The
rear wall of this end appears to have been rebuilt at some time. it is
difficult to explain the very thick section of the front wall at the higher
end of the house through which the passage has been inserted and which
extends immediately to the right at the front of the unheated room.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Long asymmetrical 7 window range stepped down to the
right. Late C19 2,3 and 4-light casements with glazing bars some with
slate dripmoulds. Gabled half-dormer to right of centre. Doorway to left
of centre has large C20 gabled wooden porch. A C17 ground floor window at
the front of the lower right hand end has a wooden porch. A C17 ground
floor window at the front of the lower right hand end has a wooden ovolo
moulded frame of two light with true mitres; to the right of this window
external stone stairs to a loft doorway with a plank door. Various
outshuts at the rear with catslides roofs.
Interior: The lower right hand end room has a large fireplace with a
cambered chamfered lintel with ogee stops, and 2 stone ovens, the left hand
oven inserted into a smoking chamber. This room has a pitched stone floor
and a low ceiling with unchamfered ceiling beams and joists. The chamber
above has a fireplace with a chamfered wooden lintel with ogee stops, the
plastered jambs have sgraffito decoration of geometric shapes including
squares and circles. The room to the right of centre has a thin chamfered
ceiling beam with run-out stops. The higher left end has chamfered cross-
beams with stops, one of which is a half-beam with ogee stops. The passage
partition has a C18 2-panel door.
Roof: over the lower right hand end there are 4 trusses with clean and
straight principals, the lowered end truss is set into the gable end stack.
The slightly cambered and chamfered collars are morticed into the
principals which are halved and pegged at the apex; 2 tiers of threaded
purlins and a diagonal ridge-piece. The later, probably C18 roof over the
centre and higher left end has straight principals with lapped and pegged
The Stables: set back and adjoining the lower right hand end, has a lower
roof level; local limestone rubble with a gable-ended corrugated asbestos
roof; 2 storeys. 2 ground floor windows and a central doorway all have
segmented stone arches; at the centre of the first floor a loft doorway.
The stables were added in circa early or mid C19.
Listing NGR: SX7750362624
This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.
Source: English Heritage
Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.