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Latitude: 50.9528 / 50°57'9"N
Longitude: -3.6234 / 3°37'24"W
OS Eastings: 286069
OS Northings: 118292
OS Grid: SS860182
Mapcode National: GBR LB.N7WW
Mapcode Global: FRA 369L.G6Q
Entry Name: Middlecott Farmhouse
Listing Date: 15 September 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1107318
English Heritage Legacy ID: 97385
Location: Rackenford, North Devon, Devon, EX16
District: North Devon
Civil Parish: Rackenford
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Rackenford All Saints
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
RACKENFORD CLAYPARK HILL
SS 81 NE
6/35 Middlecott Farmhouse
Farmhouse with cottage attached. Probably C16 origins, extended and remodelled in
C17 and extended again at left end in C19. Painted rendered stone rubble and cob.
Lower end partly rebuilt in brick. Slate roof, hipped at right end, gable end to
left. Brick stack at left gable end, axial brick stack (formerly gable end) and
axial stone rubble hall stack.
Plan: the core appears to consist of a 3-room and wide cross passage plan, lower end
to right incorporating integral outbuilding at right end, with the cross-passage
divided axially to create small unheated rear room, hall to left heated by axial
stack backing onto passage and narrow inner room byound. Probably in the late C17 a
large parlour, formerly heated by a rear lateral stack (now demolished) was added.
In C19 a straight-run staircase was inserted in the former inner room and a cottage
extension added at left end, creating an unusually long single room deep range.
Exterior: 2 storeys. 8-window range. Cottage extension has virtually symmetrical
3-window range with nearly central plank door. C20 fenestration apart from C19 2-
light window, 3 panes per light to ground floor right. Central section has 3 C19 3-
light casements, 3 panes per light and plank door to former inner room with
bracketted hood. Stone rubble porch to cross-passage doorway with gabled slate roof
and old plank inner door. 3-light casement on each floor to right. Plank door to
outbuilding at right end.
Interior: hall has chamfered cross ceiling beam with hollow step stops. C19
chimneypiece conceals original hall fireplace lintel. Shoulder-headed timber
doorway between hall and original inner room. Added inner room largely remodelled
in C20. Chamfered lintel, possibly originally keel-stopped to fireplace to rear
wall, now disused. Solid wall partitions between hall and inner room.
Hall and lower service end relatively unaltered in C20. Roof structure apparently
replaced in C18 or C19 with rough straight principals visible, but roofspace not
accessible at time of survey.
Listing NGR: SS8606918292
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