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Trowell Farmhouse, Chipstable

Description: Trowell Farmhouse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 25 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 271159

OS Grid Reference: ST0483526049
OS Grid Coordinates: 304835, 126049
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0259, -3.3583

Location: Chipstable, Somerset TA4 2PU

Locality: Chipstable
Local Authority: Taunton Deane Borough Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA4 2PU

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Listing Text


1/9 Trowell Farmhouse

25.1.56 II*

Longhoue, now farmhoue. C15, ceiled C16 and north-west wing added, east end rebuilt as kitchen
possibly C17, roof raised and house largely refenestrated early C19. Roughcast over rubble
exposed east gable end, thatched roof, hipped west gable end with tall brick stack rising from
eaves, gabled east end with stone plinth to roughcast stack, stone stack centre left of
entrance and to rear wing. Complex plan, thought to be longhouse rebuilt at east end where land
slopes away steeply to right of cross passage, 2 small rooms to left, wing at rear the width
of first room which has panelled screens on north and west sides. Two storeys, 4 bays; first
floor 3 and 4-light C19 wooden casements, ground floor two 3-light windows left of 4-panel
raised and fielded door, one to right with plank door beyond. Right return, partly masked by
lean-to addition but facade wall continues forward slightly. Left return, 4-light ovulo moulded
window in outshot containing stairs, single bay wing set back with 4-light casements. Interior
not seen, said to contain much of interest. A hip cruck at west gable end and 4 tenoned jointed
crucks, the 3 east ones with smoke blackening; the wing has 2 clean tenon jointed crucks.
The hall to the right of the cross passage has 6-panel moulded compartment ceiling and stud and
panel partitions with linenfold panelling, fine doorframe in screen to inner room with doleg
stair. The wing has a 6-panel moulded compartment ceiling and a stall early C18 bolection
moulded chimney piece on the upper floor. The cross passage screen has similar panelling with
peaked doorframe also panelling masking rear of cross passage with doorframe. Rebuilt kitchen
end with lateral stair in rear wall projection, evidence of curing chamber right and
circular corn drying or malting kiln left with slate ledge. This is said to be the only known
example of linenfold panelling in a Somerset farmhouse. The parlour of the abbot at Muchelney
has linenfold panelling and it is known that the manor of Chipstable was given by the abbot
to the monastery's cook. A rare and fine example of C15 woodwork. (VAG Reports, unpublished
SRC, February 1973 and September 1980; VCH Somerset, Vol V, 1985).

Listing NGR: ST0483526049

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Source: English Heritage

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