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Downton Farmhouse Including Backyard Wall Adjoining West, Dittisham

Description: Downton Farmhouse Including Backyard Wall Adjoining West

Grade: II
Date Listed: 11 November 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 101167

OS Grid Reference: SX8535853206
OS Grid Coordinates: 285358, 53206
Latitude/Longitude: 50.3676, -3.6133

Location: Dittisham, Devon TQ6 0JD

Locality: Dittisham
Local Authority: South Hams District Council
County: Devon
Country: England
Postcode: TQ6 0JD

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Listing Text

Downton farmhouse
11/255 including backyard wall
adjoining W


Farmhouse. Circa early C17 with early and late C18 alterations. Rendered
stone rubble, the east and south fronts were formerly slate hung on the
first floor. Rendered gable end, axial and lateral stacks.
Plan: The early C17 house had a 3-room and through passage plan, the lower
end to the left (south), the hall has a large lateral stack at the back and
there is a great parlour at the higher right hand end heated from a gable
end stack; there was also a stair tower at the back behind the parlour and
hall. The large kitchen wing, with a gable end stack, behind the lower end
may be part of the original house or a circa early C18 addition with an
integral dairy outshut on it sinner side. This would have been part of the
extensive early C18 remodelling of the house which included building a
staircase behind the lower end of the hall. Later in the C18 the space
between the 2 rear stair towers was filled in to provide a landing linking
the 2 stairs. The house was also refenestrated probably in the late C18
and inspite of recent external alterations the exterior form of the house
is largely C18 The wall around the small back yard is probably also C18.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4-window east front. C20 2-light
sashes replace the former 2-light 12-pane sashes, the ground floor right
hand window is a late C20 3-light casement. Doorway to the left of centre
has a circa early C19 door with 4 panels land 3 glazed top panels; late C20
wooden canopy above. Over the ground floor at first floor level a slate
pentice with a plastered coved soffit. the pentice has been replaced on
the left hand (south) return which has a asymmetrical 3-window front of 2
late C20 3-light casements on the ground floor and 3 circa late C19 or
early C20 2-light casements with glazing bars on the first floor. The rear
west elevation has a gabled stair tower to the left of centre, a lean-to
addition in the angle to the right behind the halls rear lateral stack
which rises from a gable; to the right of the back the large gable-ended
rear wing with a catslide roof carried down over an outshut on its inner
left hand side. This forms the south aisle of the back yard which is
enclosed on the west (rear) side by a high rendered wall with doorway from
the road; the doorway projects with a gable over and has a dressed slate
round arch. Inside the back yard the back doorway into the outshut has a
chamfered timber doorframe with mason's mitres and to the right a C20 3-
light casement with glazing bars. the back yard is paved with slates and
is now covered with a corrugated iron roof. There is a C19 cast-iron pump
and granite trough.
Interior: The great parlour has a fireplace with shaped slate corbels land
a fine early C17 moulded plaster overmantel with an achievement of arms
flanked by pilasters. The ceiling beams of the parlour cut through the top
of the overmantel therefore the moulded plaster ceiling which has a
collapsed, must have been later. Heavy stud partition between hall and
parlour. The hall has early C18 fielded panel window shutters and door to
passage and a C20 fireplace. The lower end room has no features. Ovolo
moulded doorframe with a scratch-moulded plank door into the kitchen. The
kitchen has a high ceiling with unchamfered beams and a large kitchen
fireplace with a later simple wooden chimneypiece and now blocked by a C20
range; C18 panelled doors to cupboard to side of the fireplace. early C18
dog-leg staircase behind hall stack with moulded string turned balusters,
square newels and heavy handrail. The stair tower behind the parlour and
hall has rounded internal walls and contains the remains of a later circa
lat C18 dog-leg staircase with diagonally crossed balusters and square
newels. C18 panelled doors on the ground and first floors, some are early
C18 2-panel doors.

Listing NGR: SX8535853206

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Source: English Heritage

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