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Latitude: 50.6625 / 50°39'45"N
Longitude: -4.3785 / 4°22'42"W
OS Eastings: 231994
OS Northings: 87462
OS Grid: SX319874
Mapcode National: GBR NK.7P4H
Mapcode Global: FRA 17QB.224
Entry Name: The Old House
Listing Date: 11 January 1989
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1142821
English Heritage Legacy ID: 68217
Location: Werrington, Cornwall, PL15
Civil Parish: Werrington
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall
Church of England Parish: Werrington
Church of England Diocese: Truro
SX 38 NW
9/329 The Old House
House. Probably C16 with earlier origins extended in late C18 or early C19.
Rendered and painted stone rubble. Rag slate roof with hipped ends. Brick shafts to
axial, lateral and end stacks.
Plan: Original plan uncertain; the house now appears to comprise the through passage
with a two storey porch to rear, lower room to left, truncated C16 or C17 wing to the
front of the lower end and a late C18 or early C19 rebuilding on the higher right
The arrangement of the earlier house is uncertain. The through passage has a
crosswall containing a C17 doorframe on the lower side and mortices in the head beam
on the higher side indicating a screen (now removed). The two storey porch on the
north may be a C17 addition. The lower room is heated by an end stack and probably
had a newel stair rising at the side (the stair now removed). The C16 or C17 wing to
the south of this room has been truncated in length. The roof structure appears
largely C17 although there appears to be a particularly sooty threaded purlin and
blade of a truss, roughly above the passage. However, as these timbers have been
partly reset it is uncertain whether they are evidence of the existence of an earlier
open hall with hearth.
In the late C18 or early C19 the higher end, to the right of the passage was either
heavily remodelled or rebuilt and extended and the house was re-orientated to face
south. The later range has a central entrance with wide hall and stair to rear
flanked by a principal room to right, originally heated by an end stack and slightly
smaller room to left, heated by a fireplace on the rear wall, directly in line with
the earlier range. Kitchen to rear right and passage to rear of left hand room
connecting the stair and entrance hall of the C18 range with the passage of the
earlier range. This C18 range was built to accommodate the principal rooms and the
earlier range was retained as a service wing.
Exterior: Two storeys. South front with C18 or early C19 range on right and earlier
range to left, the truncated wing of the earlier range projecting to front left. C18
range has a symmetrical 5-window front with complete original hornless 12-pane sashes
with crown glass and shutters on interior. C19 timber porch with flat roof and
glazed door. Earlier range to left has a 2-light casement in the blocked rear door
opening to the through passage on the right, adjoining the C18 range with a further
2-light casement to left, also in a blocked door opening. C19 sashes on first floor.
Tripartite sash with 2-light casement above in truncated wing to left. Rear
elevation with 2-storey porch to earlier range with C20 door on ground floor. C19
horizontal sliding sashes and C19 sashes.
Interior: Earlier range; front door to passage inside the porch has a 4-centred
granite arch with ovolo moulding and eroded stops. Double skin lapped and studded C16
or C17 door with hole for draw bar. Mortice holes in head beam above screen (now
re-coved) on higher side of passage and C17 ovolo moulded timber doorframe with vase-
stops on lower side of passage and C17 plank and studded door. The heavy floor
joists above the passage are chamfered, the stops buried. Lower room has a plastered
ceiling with heavy roughly chamfered central cross beam and cross beams near
fireplace and passage crosswall. Projection probably originally to accommodate newel
stair rising at side of end stack. Lintel to fireplace replaced. Roof structure of
C17 with heavy principals halved, lap-jointed and pegged and purlins, deeply trenched
and threaded. Sooty purlin and blade of principal roughly above passage are possibly
reused or reset. Roof not fully accessible at time of survey (1987). Late C18 or
early C19 range largely complete with wide hall with stair to rear with stick
balusters, ramped and wreathed mahogany rail and open string. Right hand room has
plaster cornice with floral trail and egg and dart motif. Left hand room with C19
chimney-piece. C18 or early C19 6-panel doors with raised and fielded panels.
Listing NGR: SX3199487462
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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