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HER Number:MDV104537
Name:Cider House, Uphay Farm


A 19th century cider house.


Grid Reference:SY 290 996
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Traditional farm buildings, including a C17th Threshing barn at Uphay Farm and earthwork ditches of a former field system, to the east.

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STOREHOUSE (Unknown date)
  • CIDER HOUSE (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1820 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon and Somerset County Councils, 2000-2002, Historic Farmsteads Database, BH049.2 (Machine readable data file). SDV349681.

Cider house. Apple loft; Cider house. The cider house was built at the south end of the farmhouse. It has an apple loft above, which is reached from an outside stone stair. Its roof is hipped to the south. It has a storage room to the rear, for cider barrels, from which Mrs Rowe remembers cider being sold. Chert; Limestone; Rubble stone walls. Limestone rubble with some chert. Slate roof. A-frame. 2 bays plus a hip. A-frame trusses with lap jointed X-apexes and a diagonal ridge. Lap- jointed collar held with a spike each end. 2 sets of back purlins. Original common rafters. Datestone/Plaque; External stairs; Loading hatch; Timber window/s. Two doors in south gable end. 2-flap, ledge and brace door in solid frame to cider house. Plank door to apple loft, in solid frame, up stone outside steps with secondary iron railings. To east, at loft level, a lunette window with 20th century replacement timber frame and glazing. Below, a replacement 20th century window in original opening with internal splay. To the west, at ground floor level, a window with timber shutters on strap hinges with round finials. There is a loading hatch above with a plank door held on strap hinges. To the left, towards the farmhouse, there is a glazed, 20th century replacement window. The datestone (1767) in the external wall of the cider house was removed from a gamekeeper's cottage and placed here during refurbishments to the farmhouse. Apple loft; Cobble floor; Stone drain. The apple loft is supported on 2 chamfered crossbeams and wide joists. In the southwest corner are two curving timber carriages which support the short stair from the outside loft door up to the loft floor. Complete and well-preserved cobble floor. A masonry partition wall divided the cider house from the rear storage room. The plank door through has a timber lock box and a solid, pegged frame. The rear room has a ceiling and a door through to the house, also with a timber lock box. Stone drain runs eastwards in cider house. There is a timber roller, operated by hand, which is suspended from the ceiling in the position where the cider press used to be. Its purpose is not clear. Currently used for domestic utility / storage.

Thorpe, J., 2003, Uphay Farm, BH049002 (Ground Photograph). SDV351593.

Thorp, J., 2003, Uphay Farm, BH049015, BH049021-BH049022 (Un-published). SDV351594.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349681Machine readable data file: Devon and Somerset County Councils. 2000-2002. Historic Farmsteads Database. BH049.2.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #64015 ]
SDV351593Ground Photograph: Thorpe, J.. 2003. Uphay Farm. Blackdown Hills Historic Farmstead Survey. Digital. BH049002.
SDV351594Un-published: Thorp, J.. 2003. Uphay Farm. Blackdown Hills Historic Farmstead Survey. Digital. BH049015, BH049021-BH049022.

Associated Monuments

MDV11209Part of: Uphay Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV104541Related to: Cow Shed, Upham Farm (Building)
MDV104542Related to: East Cattle Sheds, Upham Farm, Axminster (Building)
MDV104545Related to: Open-Fronted Cattle Shed, Uphay Farm (Building)
MDV104544Related to: Pigsties, Uphay Farm, Axminster (Building)
MDV104540Related to: Stable, Upham Farm (Building)
MDV74244Related to: Threshing barn, Uphay Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV29689Related to: Uphay Farmhouse, Axminster (Building)
MDV104546Related to: Wagon Lodge, Uphay Farm (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 11 2019 11:31AM