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Latitude: 50.8768 / 50°52'36"N
Longitude: -3.3008 / 3°18'2"W
OS Eastings: 308575
OS Northings: 109390
OS Grid: ST085093
Mapcode National: GBR LR.T5KZ
Mapcode Global: FRA 36ZS.7WC
Entry Name: Mortimer's Farmhouse
Listing Date: 15 April 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1106492
English Heritage Legacy ID: 95739
Location: Kentisbeare, Mid Devon, Devon, EX15
District: Mid Devon
Civil Parish: Kentisbeare
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Kentisbeare St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
ST OO NE KENTISBEARE
8/84 Mortimer's Farmhouse
Farmhouse. Probably early C16, with later alterations and additions. Mainly
roughcast cob on stone footings; the higher end extension of random rubble, all
under concrete pantile roof, gable end to right, hipped to left.
Plan: originally a conventional 3 room, through-passage plan house, the higher end
to the right of the passage (n.b. the front faces away from the farmyard). This was
open to the roof, which is of jointed cruck construction, the timbers smoke-
blackened throughout. The unusual feature of the house is the presence of a 4th
room, probably added later, at the higher end, which also has a heavily smoke-
blackened room; first floors and stacks were inserted probably in the late C16 or
C17. Axial (formerly end) stack heats service end; axial stack backing onto passage
heats hall; axial (formerly end) stack heats inner room, all stacks with brick
shafts. Winder stairs to rear of hall. A former dairy and associated service
rooms, probably C19, form a cross wing at the lower end; this has been converted
into living accommodation (late C20). 2 storeys.
Exterior: Front: 3 window range, 2-light casement windows to first floor; ground
floor casement windows, of 2-lights to service end and inner room, 3 lights to hall,
all C20, timber, with glazing bars. Porch to passage, gabled end and pantiled.
Rear with later outshut. The converted dairy wing has been heightened; C20
Interior: service end with chamfered axial beam, with runout (or eroded) stops;
housings for wattles indicate a partition at this point, now removed. Hall with 2
and 2 half axial ceiling beams, chamfered with pyramid stops; remains of a plank and
muntin screen between hall and inner room, partly dismantled and mostly covered
over. Fireplace with Beer stone jambs. Inner room with 2 and 3 half axial ceiling
beams, one with scroll stops, the other stops eroded. Deeply chamfered and
unstopped cross ceiling beam to higher end extension.
Roof: 3 jointed crucks survive; hall and inner room were each of one bay, higher
end extension of 2. The original length of service end is not known; the truss
dividing it from the hall is sooted on both sides, and the ridge piece is further
supported by 2 sooted uprights; the truss between hall and inner room is smoke-
blackened to both sides, and was closed at some point, the plaster and wattle
partition sooted to hall side only.
Crucks with cranked collars, the apex fixed by a yoke, with diagonal ridge piece;
some blackened rafters survive; 2 sets of purlins.
Listing NGR: ST0857509390
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