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Latitude: 50.8464 / 50°50'47"N
Longitude: -4.1647 / 4°9'53"W
OS Eastings: 247700
OS Northings: 107445
OS Grid: SS477074
Mapcode National: GBR KL.VW7P
Mapcode Global: FRA 265V.MBV
Entry Name: Upcott Barton
Listing Date: 21 February 1977
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1104544
English Heritage Legacy ID: 91063
Location: Sheepwash, Torridge, Devon, EX21
Civil Parish: Sheepwash
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
SS 40 NE
7/88 Upcott Barton
Derelict farmhouse. Late medieval or C16 probably altered in C17 with late C17
addition. Mainly rubble walls to existing elevations with some cob to rear right-
hand end. Gable-ended slate roof. 3 brick stacks - 1 axial, 1 at right gable-end
and one rear lateral.
Plan: original plan not entirely clear due to the left end of the house now being
ruinous and the fact that the building has obviously had a complex structural
history. The basic plan was T-shaped and it is the stroke of the T at the left end,
forming a cross wing which is ruinous with its walls virtually completely collapsed.
However, one medieval roof truss survives over this end, of a high quality and
obviously meant to be seen although its exposure to the elements precludes the
survival of any evidence of smoke-blackening. Therefore this cross wing could
either have been the hall or a great chamber. Nor does the main range of the house
assist much in deducing its plan form since it has been considerably rebuilt and
remodelled at the right end in the late C17. Between these 2 end ranges is a large
room heated by a rear lateral stack and with a passage to its left. Its roof
structure is C19 and so gives no clue to its original form. Taking the house as a
whole, however, the most likely interpretation is that the ruinous range was a great
chamber over the lower end with the hall to its right and a passage betwen them, and
the late C17 block is a rebuilding of the inner room - possibly as a parlour wing
with staircase. This end was probably further altered in the C19.
Exterior: 2 storeys apart from ruinous wing at left end.
The exterior was probably remodelled in the C19 and its fenestration dates mainly
from this time apart from the projecting rear face of the right-hand end which has 3
probably late C17 wooden mullioned and transomed windows - 1 on the 1st floor to
left and 2 below.
Interior: the ruinous range preserves on arch-braced roof truss with ovolo and
roll-moulded soffit which has been cut off above the collar to accommodate the C19
roof over the central range which runs at right angles to it. On the ground floor
of this range is a small fireplace which has a chamfered wooden lintel with straight
cut stops. One chamfered cross-beam survives. The central room has a good C17
lateral fireplace with hollow chamfered granite lintel and jamb to right. Probably
C19 staircase to right of fireplace but it may be in the position of an earlier one.
The right-hand range has a 1st floor late C17 bolection moulded chimneypiece. The
ground floor fireplace has a curved back with slates in herringbone pattern, moulded
granite jambs and a probably replacement plain wooden lintel. Over this range is a
hardwood roof structure with lapped and pegged collars which probably also dates
from the late C17 rebuilding.
Listing NGR: SS4770007445
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