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Latitude: 50.8922 / 50°53'31"N
Longitude: -3.6375 / 3°38'15"W
OS Eastings: 284926
OS Northings: 111577
OS Grid: SS849115
Mapcode National: GBR L9.S49B
Mapcode Global: FRA 368R.2QW
Entry Name: Beer Farmhouse
Listing Date: 28 August 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1254216
English Heritage Legacy ID: 437537
Location: Cruwys Morchard, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16
District: Mid Devon
Civil Parish: Cruwys Morchard
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Cruwys Morchard Holy Cross
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS 81 SW CRUWYS MORCHARD BEER LANE
1/71 Beer Farmhouse
Former farmhouse. Early C17 or earlier, some C19 refurbishment, C20 renovations.
Colourwashed rendered cob and stone; slate roof, gabled at ends; right end stack,
Plan: The early C17 3 room and cross passage plan (lower end to the right) is largely
intact with a C19 stair inserted into the passage and a 1 room plan addition at the
right (lower) end. The hall stack backs on to the former passage; the lower end
room, heated from a stack on the right wall, is slightly larger than the hall and may
have functioned as a parlour; the inner room, at the left end is unheated and has
been used as a dairy. The house is of jointed cruck construction and it is possible
that the present arrangement is an early C17 modernization of a late medieval house,
but without access to the apex of the roof at time of survey (1986) this remains
unproven. The 1 room plan addition at the right end appears to be a C19 back kitchen
and has been extended further to the front in the C20.
2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window front with an approximately central plank front
door into the former passage. The 3 right hand ground floor windows are C20
replacements, the other windows are early C20 timber casements with glazing bars.
The rear elevation has no windows.
Interior : Good survival of early C17 carpentry and joinery. The three C17 ground
floor rooms have chamfered scroll-stopped axial beams, the hall (to the left of the
front door) also has exposed joists. The lower end room has an open fireplace with
stone rubble jambs and a scroll-stopped lintel; chamfered half beams against the rear
and front walls are partly supported by timber brackets. The remains of a plank and
muntin screen survives in the lower end room, formerly forming the partition with the
passage, the muntins are chamfered with straight cut stops. The hall has an open
fireplace with stone rubble jambs and a timber lintel partly cut back during post C17
alterations. A rounded shouldered chamfered doorframe leads from the hall into the
inner room. The C19 stair in the former passage has involved the removal of flooring
and exposed joists are still visible in the cupboard under the stairs. The first
floor rooms are reached from a first floor stair landing, the 2 left hand rooms still
open into one another.
2 side-pegged jointed crucks are visible in the first floor rooms. It is possible
that they originate from a late medieval open hall phase of the building.
An early C17 vernacular farmhouse with numerous interior features of interest.
Listing NGR: SS8492611577
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