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HER Number:MDV102509
Name:Horse Engine House, Wadhays Farm


An uncommon engine house with first floor granary.


Grid Reference:ST 136 031
Map Sheet:ST10SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAwliscombe
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAWLISCOMBE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HORSE ENGINE HOUSE (XIX - 1850 AD to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Not shown.

Thorp, J., 2000, Wadhays Farm, BH005001-BH005017 (Ground Photograph). SDV349772.

Thorp, J., 2000, Wadhays, BH005021-BH005025 (Un-published). SDV350982.

Devon and Somerset County Councils, 2000-2002, Historic Farmsteads Database, Building BH005.5 (Machine readable data file). SDV349681.

Visited 4th June 2000 by John Thorp. A gable-ended, southern wing to the barn. It has a granary above and horse engine house below. Built 1850 to 1880. Now an agricultural store. In poor conditon.
Rubble stone construction with brick used around openings in south and west walls. Brick repairs to left hand opening on east wall. Sandstone quoins. Lower part of south west corner rounded. Two tie beam trusses. Mortice and tenon apex with single peg. Ridge board in notch between apex of blades. Raking Queen posts nailed to truss ( secondary). Single purlin. Slate covering.
5.9 metres by 6.29 metres by 4 metres high to eaves.
Boarded double doors in first floor opening of east wall. Large opening below blocked with corrugated iron. Narrow openings in the ground floor of the south and west walls and north barn wall, probably to give access to drive from horse engine.
Major beam ( north-south) carries first floor. Bush in centre of beam to carry horse engine. Water trough on north-east corner of ground floor.
A horse engine house with a first floor is uncommon.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

[One of three] farmbuildings round a yard immediately north of Wadhayes Farmhouse.
The threshing barn and building adjacent to the farmhouse are linked by a third building, possibly 19th century, at right angles to the east. It has a large loft opening in the centre. Interior not inspected.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #61965 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV349681Machine readable data file: Devon and Somerset County Councils. 2000-2002. Historic Farmsteads Database. Building BH005.5.
SDV349772Ground Photograph: Thorp, J.. 2000. Wadhays Farm. Photograph (Digital). BH005001-BH005017.
SDV350982Un-published: Thorp, J.. 2000. Wadhays. Digital. BH005021-BH005025.

Associated Monuments

MDV82700Part of: Wadhays Farm, Awliscombe (Monument)
MDV77571Related to: Three Farmbuildings at Wadhays Farm, Awliscombe (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4655 - Survey of Farmsteads in the Blackdown Hills

Date Last Edited:Jan 30 2018 2:07PM