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Leigh Barton Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Old Cleeve, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.1137 / 51°6'49"N

Longitude: -3.3941 / 3°23'38"W

OS Eastings: 302508

OS Northings: 135861

OS Grid: ST025358

Mapcode National: GBR LM.B5Y5

Mapcode Global: VH6H1.480K

Entry Name: Leigh Barton Farmhouse

Listing Date: 21 December 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1057521

English Heritage Legacy ID: 264874

Location: Old Cleeve, West Somerset, Somerset, TA23

County: Somerset

District: West Somerset

Civil Parish: Old Cleeve

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


4/116 Leigh Barton Farmhouse


- II

Grange of Cleeve Abbey, now farmhouse. Late medieval in origin, enlarged 1627, majority rebuilt 1811. Rendered over
rubble, steeply pitched slate roof, moulded cornice, stone stacks gable ends and to right of entrance, latter said to
be dated 1811. Courtyard plan: farmhouse facing East, South wing formerly a private chapel, North East annexe, West
front closed by shelter shed. Farmhouse: 2 storeys, 4 bays; 12 pane sash windows, groundfloor tripartite 12 pane sash
windows, one left and 2 right of Ham stone trabeated Roman Doric porch with frieze, 3 steps, recessed 6-panel door with
side lights. Rear elevation onto courtyard, corrugated iron roof. C20 fenestration, projecting slate hung gable end
with attached annexe in North West corner, built as a self contained unit. Annexe: squared and coursed red sandstone,
asbestos slate roof, 2 storeys, one bay lit only on North front, large external double stack left of rebuilt entrance
wall; right stack inscribed in square plaque 1627 GP (Giles Poyntz) AP. West Somerset slate roofed pentice masking
lower portion of stack, carried on 2 circular columns flanking C19 door. Interior: single cell, chamfered beams with
scroll stops, ovolo moulded door frame to stairs, first floor room said to contain similar doorcase with plasterwork
frieze and badly mutilated fireplace. Upper floor accessible now only from farmhouse, alterations made when room ceased
to be residential and became brewhouse and bakehouse, copper vat with stoke hole under to left of fireplace which also
contains oven. Cambered pebble pathway links entrance of annexe with that of South wing, said to have been a private
chapel, now reroofed with inserted floor and lacking distinguishing features. West side, shelter shed, West Somerset
slate roof with C19 door in West West corner. Between circa 1609 and 1691 Leigh Barton was occupied by the Roman
Catholic Poyntz family who had a resident chaplain. One of these chaplains, Philip Powel was later martyred at Tyburn
in 1646 during the Civil War. It is thought that the annexe provided accommodation for the resident chaplain, though
there is an alternative suggestion that it housed 2 female relatives of the builder, Giles Poyntz, who wished to live
in religious seclusion. (VAG Report, unpublished SRO, 1973; VCH Somerset, Vol 5 forthcoming).

Listing NGR: ST0250835861

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