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Description: Higher Cobberton Farmhouse
Date Listed: 26 April 1993
English Heritage Building ID: 101083
OS Grid Reference: SX7564361273
OS Grid Coordinates: 275643, 61273
Latitude/Longitude: 50.4381, -3.7525
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Farmhouse. Circa mid top late C18. Local stone rubble, rendered front and
left (south west) side. Hipped scantle slate roof, with asbestos slates to
front pitch. Large central axial chimney stack with taped cap.
Plan: externally virtually symmetrical cruciform plan with central
projection at front and rear. The plan is double depth with the best
parlour at the centre which projects of the front, a smaller heated room to
left and a stair hall/through passage to the right and with a full depth
but narrow unheated service room to the extreme right. behind the left
room a shallow unheated room, and behind the centre room is the kitchen
which projects at the rear and has a large fireplace in the central stack,
back-to-back with the best parlour fireplace. The kitchen fireplace is
originally said to have had an oven in the side of the stack.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Symmetrical 3 bays, centre gabled and projecting,
right-hand bay slightly wider. First floor 3 small window openings with
C20 casements. Ground floor right also C20 2-light casement, ground floor
left late C19 2-light casement with glazing bars. Ground floor centre late
C19 3-light casement with glazing bars. All windows in original unaltered
openings. Doorway to right of centre projecting bay, with C19 plank door
in sequential arched opening, the C20 lean-to-porch in the angle.
Rear: 2:1:1 windows, centre projects with hipped roof. C19 2 and 3-light
casements with glazing bars. Passage doorway to left of centre bay with
C20 concrete block porch in the angle.
Interior: at the rear of the passage a dog-leg staircase with square
newels and stick balusters, the balusters removed from first flight.
Plastered stud partition between the passage and the unheated dairy to
right. Parlour centre has C20 fireplace, but small room to left has simple
wooden chimneypiece with bracketed shelf. The shallow rear service room
behind and the kitchen may have always been one room. the large kitchen
fireplace has an unchamfered wooden lintel and stone rubble jambs back-to-
back with the parlour fireplace. Originally there is said to have been an
oven in the side of the stack. Some C18 2-panel and 6-panel doors. The
first floor has some old plank doors.
This house has a more unusual transitional plan which achieves external
symmetry by having a complete double depth arrangement with a projecting
centre, while retaining the traditional passage and dairy of one end.
Listing NGR: SX7564361273
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Source: English Heritage
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