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Latitude: 50.5969 / 50°35'48"N
Longitude: -3.8971 / 3°53'49"W
OS Eastings: 265830
OS Northings: 79180
OS Grid: SX658791
Mapcode National: GBR Q8.QSSL
Mapcode Global: FRA 27QH.9LC
Entry Name: Lower Merripit Farmhouse
Listing Date: 6 March 1955
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1105416
English Heritage Legacy ID: 92749
Location: Dartmoor Forest, West Devon, Devon, PL20
District: West Devon
Civil Parish: Dartmoor Forest
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Widecombe-in-the-Moor St Pancras
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 67 NE
12/15 Lower Merripit Farmhouse
Longhouse. C16, altered in C19. Granite rubble walls partly colour-washed. Gable
ended corrugated iron roof. 2 granite stacks with dripmoulds, one at the left gable
end and one axial stack constructed of ashlar with a tapering cap.
Plan: Longhouse with shippon to the right, passage, hall and inner room to the
left. Hall stack backs onto the passage. C19 outshuts built on along rear wall.
Exterior: 2 storeys with 1 storey shippon plus loft which has lower roof-line.
Asymmetrical 2-window front, shippon to the right. C20 one and 2-light casements
and C20 plank door to left to centre of house. Right-hand ground floor window has
2-light granite mullion window frame whose mullion has been removed. Rebuilt leanto
porch to passage at centre with wide doorway behind. Door into front of shippon
approximately half way along - probably a later insertion. The front wall of the
inner room shows signs of having been rebuilt.
Interior : Large hall fireplace has corbelled granite jambs and the stack has ashlar
granite back to the passage. C17 oak doorframe from hall to inner room with
lozenge decoration in centre of head. Shippon has central drain, splayed slit
windows (blocked to outside) and probably original cross-beams for hay loft. Also
the remains of one raised cruck truss.
This is a rare example of a simple longhouse with its shippon still unconverted and
fulfilling its original purpose.
Listing NGR: SX6583079180
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