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HER Number:MDV104465
Name:Shippon and Cider House, Higher Westwater Farm


A 19th century shippon and cider house.


Grid Reference:SY 275 999
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIDER HOUSE (XIX - 1820 AD to 1840 AD (Between))
  • COW HOUSE (XIX - 1820 AD to 1840 AD (Between))
  • STOREHOUSE (XIX to XXI - 1820 AD? to 2002 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon and Somerset County Councils, 2000-2002, Historic Farmsteads Database, BH047.2 (Machine readable data file). SDV349681.

Shippon and Cider House. Originally an apple loft; cider house; shippon. Later an apple loft; cider house. A long, gable -ended, lofted building which extends beyond the yard. Originally, it may have been a shippon, but the farmer refers to it as the cider house, and this could have been a later use. Chert; Limestone; Rubble stone, brick dressed walls. Roughly coursed limestone plinth with ashlar quoins. Chert and limestone rubble above with brick dressings. Roman tile roof. A-frame; Tie Beam Truss. 6 bay roof which is divided into two by a central tiebeam truss with a kingpost and raking struts. The east roof has two tie beam trusses, with raking struts supporting back purlins and raking struts supporting a short horizontal piece of timber at the apex, which holds the ridgeboard in place. The mid-20th century replacement roof at the west end has 2 bolted A-frame trusses with king planks, which are notched for a ridgeboard. The collars are bolted and lap-jointed. One set of staggered butt purlins. Door/s; Evidence for engine/machinery; Loading hatch; Timber window/s. The south front, facing the house, has a 2-flap ledge door with strap hinges at the east end, and a plank door on strap hinges to the west end, with two 20th century timber casements between, with internal splays. The east window is in the blocking of an original doorway. There appears to be a blocked loft hatch above the west window. The rear wall has an inserted, wide doorway without doors, at its centre, with a loft hatch above. To the right ( west) of the doorway there are two inserted, metal, top tilting casement windows, and to the left, a loft hatch, with plank doors and strap hinges and some infill of a larger doorway below. In the east gable end wall there is a small, splayed opening with a 20th century timber window, and in the west gable end there is an inserted doorway with an original ledge and brace door on strap hinges. There is a low hole between the two windows in the north wall, presumably for a drive shaft. Apple loft; Cobble floor. The loft floor of the 3 east bays is supported on upended joists on laces in the wall, and X braces. There is an inserted hatch in the loft floor. The lower end of the building was originally lofted, but this was destroyed in a fire. The joist holes are visible in the wall. This loft was lower than the upper loft. Collection. Collection of antique tractors. Currently an agricultural store. Stores antique tractors.

Thorp, J., 2003, Higher Westwater, BH047010 (Ground Photograph). SDV351558.

Thorp, J., 2003, Higher Westwater, BH047011, BH047021-BH047022 (Un-published). SDV351559.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349681Machine readable data file: Devon and Somerset County Councils. 2000-2002. Historic Farmsteads Database. BH047.2.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #63941 ]
SDV351558Ground Photograph: Thorp, J.. 2003. Higher Westwater. Blackdown Hills Historic Farmstead Survey. Digital. BH047010.
SDV351559Un-published: Thorp, J.. 2003. Higher Westwater. Blackdown Hills Historic Farmstead Survey. Digital. BH047011, BH047021-BH047022.

Associated Monuments

MDV104463Part of: Higher Westwater Farm (Monument)
MDV104518Related to: Bank Barn, Higher Westwater Farm (Building)
MDV104464Related to: Cart Shed, Higher Westwater Farm (Building)
MDV81515Related to: Higher Westwater Farmhouse, Higher Westwater Farm (Building)
MDV104522Related to: Open-Fronted Cattleshed, Higher Westwater Farm (Building)
MDV104523Related to: Pigsties, Higher Westwater Farm (Building)
MDV104521Related to: Stable, Higher Westwater Farm (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 9 2021 1:13PM