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Latitude: 50.9225 / 50°55'20"N
Longitude: -4.1288 / 4°7'43"W
OS Eastings: 250472
OS Northings: 115825
OS Grid: SS504158
Mapcode National: GBR KM.Q5WD
Mapcode Global: FRA 267N.WTW
Entry Name: South Hole Farmhouse
Listing Date: 16 February 1989
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1105024
English Heritage Legacy ID: 91737
Location: Little Torrington, Torridge, Devon, EX38
Civil Parish: Little Torrington
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Little Torrington St Giles
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS 51 NW
7/122 South Hole Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Early C17 with C20 addition. Rendered cob and stone rubble walls.
Gable ended asbestos slate roof. Brick stack at each end and axial brick stack
offset from ridge.
Plan: 3 room and through passage plan with lower end to the left. Hall stack backs
onto the passage, inner room heated by gable end stack, lower room also has gable
end fireplace but this may be an insertion. To the rear of the hall is a newel stair
in a projection. At the front of the inner room is a long integral wing mainly
consisting of a barn but the section nearest the house on the first floor was always
a chamber accessible from the house. The room below it has been taken into the house
in the late C20 previous to which it apparently had a non-domestic use. C20 lean-to
added behind lower end.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3 window front of late C20 2-light casements, 3-
light on the ground floor - of which the right-hand one is earlier C20. On the
inner face of the wing is an early C20 French window. C20 lean-to porch at centre
with wide late C20 plank door behind. Barn at end of wing has central cart entrance
on inner face with C17 chamfered wooden doorframe and butress either side.
Interior: Very complete C17 joinery including original chamfered and hollow step-
stopped doorframes between passage and hall, and hall and inner room, also at the
bottom and top of the stairs and 2 others on the first floor including one to the
chamber over the wing. Several have C17 plank doors. Open fireplace to hall has
rebuilt brick arch and good C19 chimneypiece. Rough closely-spaced ceiling beams.
At the higher end of the hall is a C17 plank and muntin screen whose muntins are
chamfered with hollow step stops. In front of the screen is a contemporary built-in
bench with decorative finial at its end. Inner room fireplace has chamfered wooden
iintel and herringbone pattern at the back.
The original roof structure survives over the whole house consisting of 4 pairs of
very substantial straight principals with trenched purlins and curved collars which
are halved on with dovetail joints. A similar truss survives over the wing. The
timbers all appear slightly darkened but not actually smoke-blackened.
This is a very complete example of a good quality C17 farmhouse - rather unusual for
its integral attached barn wing.
Listing NGR: SS5047215825
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