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Foales Leigh, Harberton

Description: Foales Leigh

Grade: II
Date Listed: 11 November 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 101305

OS Grid Reference: SX7646058049
OS Grid Coordinates: 276460, 58049
Latitude/Longitude: 50.4093, -3.7399

Location: Harberton, Devon TQ9 7SS

Locality: Harberton
Local Authority: South Hams District Council
County: Devon
Country: England
Postcode: TQ9 7SS

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Listing Text

Foales Leigh (formerly
11.11.52 listed as Foale


Farmhouse. Circa C16 with C17, C18 and C19 alterations and additions. Slate
rubble, rendered at front and with rendered slate hung front to right end.
Asbestos slate roof with gable ended wings and half hipped at right end.
Rendered axial chimney stacks, and large stone rubble projecting end stack,
all with set offs.
Plan and development: Originally probably a 3 room and through passage plan
but much altered. The lower end is to the right. The passage front doorway
now leads into lower end of hall, the passage screen having been removed. The
rear doorway of passage is blocked. The present hall fireplace is at lower
end and has been inserted later into stack which originally heated lower end
room. The original hall fireplace was either at higher end of hall and now
block or in truncated rear lateral stack. The lower end room has collar and
truncated end stack. Circa C17 parlour wing was added at upper end of inner
room projecting at rear and has alteral stack on outer side. In circa early
C19 inner room was converted into a stairhall with a staircase at back and
doorway at front. The original passage doorway has 2-storey porch, now
blocked. Outshut added to rear of hall and part of lower end possibly in c18
or C19. Lean-to added to lower end.
Exterior: 2 storeys and with cellar under right end. Asymmetrical 6-window
range. C19 and C20 2, 3 and 4-light casements with glazing bars. Slate
dripmoulds to left hand ground and first floor windows and to first floor
centre window. Gabled at left hand end. Gabled 2-storey stone porch with
round arch to left of centre, with plank door. The ground at right hand is
lower and the lower end of house is built over a cellar which has a wide
doorway with a large rendered taking buttress either side on front wall.
Lean-to outbuilding to right hand lower end with corrugated iron roof and 2
rows of pigeon holes with slate ledges. Loft door at rear of lean-to with
slate steps. Rear wall of house is irregular and has blocked rear doorway to
former passage, chamfered timber doorframe at rear of lower end. Late rear
outshut with blocked openings.
Interior: Original front doorway now within block porch, has heavy moulded
timber doorframe with oval, fillet and hollow moulding and large baluster
stops to jambs. Large hall fireplace to lower end of hall has slate rubble
jambs with rounded corbels supporting massive slab of slate set vertically to
form a canopy. Rough chamfered hall ceiling beams, one cross beam and 2 axial
beams. Rough ceiling beams in higher end cross wing with step stops. Cellar
at lower end has large open fireplace in end wall with massive vertically set
slate lintel and chamfered ceiling beam with step hollow stops and sqaure
section joists. Early C19 staircase inserted into former inner room, has
turned newels, stick balusters and chamfered square newels at top, the
handrail ramped up to the newels.
Roof over hall is C19 replacement; the roof over lower end was not inspected.
The cross wing roof largely replaced in C19 except for 2 trusses at the front
which have straight principals with 2 tiers of threaded purlins and threaded

Listing NGR: SX7646058049

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Source: English Heritage

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