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Monument Number 32294

Hob Uid: 32294
Location :
Devon
Torridge
Hartland
Grid Ref : SS2315026220
Summary : Loopholed wall, a courtyard wall of Blegberry farmhouse with two or three civil war musket loopholes cut into the fabric of the wall.
More information : (SS 23152622) Blegberry (NAT). (1)

At Blegberry there are remains of fortifications of the Civil War
period. (2)

Blegberry farmhouse contains a plaster overmantel with armorial
bearings dated 1627. (3)

Blegberry farmhouse is largely rebuilt but on a chimney stack is
a date stone of 1634. The stone built house with restored slate
roof stands on two sides of a courtyard, the other sides being
enclosed by a very well preserved fortified wall with stone
capping and several slits for defenders to fire through. A small
stone built gabled well-head has a datestone of 1657 (SS 22 NW 5)
Blegberry has been separately listed as of architectural and
historical worth. Grade 2. (4)

Blegberry farmhouse (name confirmed) is stone built and of two
storeys with a slate roof. Externally the building bears no
distinctive evidence of its date other than the typical 17th
century type chimney stacks.

The Civil War fortification consists of a wall 3.0 m high along
the west and south sides of the house. It is 0.6 m thick and
incorporates two or three musket loops. There is no evidence of
fortification on the eastern or landward side of the house but
this area is occupied by barns and modern buildings.

Walling has been delineated on 1:2500 plan and antiquity model. (5)

The Courtyard Wall immediately West of Blegberry Farmhouse and extending approximately 50.0m to the South is listed Grade II*, while the rest of the farmhouse is listed Grade II. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Book of Hartland 1940 22 43 pl facing 113 (R P Chope)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : T Devon Ass 89 1957 132 (K & C French)
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Source Number : 4
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) Bideford RD 1955 12
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 01-DEC-78
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Source Number : 6
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) Devon. Torridge Dist. JUN-1989 52-3
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date : 1640
Monument Type : Loopholed Wall
Evidence : Structure

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 22 NW 4
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 22 NW 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1978-12-01
End Date : 1978-12-01