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HER Number:MDV12148
Name:Whelmstone Barton, Colebrooke


House and an adjoining cottage. Originally a medieval manor house which was rebuilt in the early 17th century, with later additions and extensions. It has a fine 17th century two storey porch.


Grid Reference:SS 750 006
Map Sheet:SS70SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishColebrooke
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCOLEBROOKE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS70SE/13
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS70SE/13/2
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS70SE2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANOR HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD (Between) to 1539 AD (Between))
  • HOUSE (Built, XVII - 1601 AD (Between) to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

Reichel, O. J., 1922, The Manor and Hundred of Crediton, 153, 154 (Article in Serial). SDV40070.

Whelmstone was the name of one of the eighteen tithings recorded in 1340 in Crediton Hundred.

Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon, 372 (Monograph). SDV17562.

Whelmstone is first recorded in 1249. It is now a house of c.1600 with a stone-arched gateway to the courtyard. A chapel dedicated to St Mary was licensed here in 1374. Remains can be seen in a hayloft in the farmyard.

Department of Environment, 1959, Crediton RD, 10 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV58276.

A former manorial residence, less altered externally than is usual. Is probably 17th century with stone arched gateway to its courtyard. Both house and gateway are listed as Grade II.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SS70SE2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV45234.

House of circa 1600 with a stone-arched gateway to its courtyard. A chapel dedicated to St Mary was licenced here in 1374 and remains were to be seen in a hayloft in the farmyard (Hoskins).
Site visit 13th March 1970. The visible extant remains are the gateway and the two storeyed porch. They are of outstanding architectural interest. The chapel was pulled down 1950-1951

Department of Environment, 1986, Colebrooke, 55-56 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV344581.

Whelmstone Barton and Whelmstone Barton Cottage. House and adjoining cottage, former manor house. Medieval origins, rebuilt in early C17 with C18 extension and probably C19 rebuild of kitchen wing. Mostly plastered cob on rubble footings, porch of volcanic ashlar with granite coping, and former kitchen wing of exposed volcanic stone rubble with brick dressings; stone rubble stacks with C19 and C20 brick tops and former kitchen stack entirely of brick; thatch roof, replaced with corrugated iron over inner side of former kitchen wing.
Main range facing south east has two main rooms with an entrance lobby between and small third room at left end. Two storeyed porch - a particularly fine example for the early C17. Not quite symmetrical four window main front of C19 6 pane sashes. Those on ground floor are taller than those on first floor. Although main block shows wholly C17 features, the irregularities of plan suggest possible survival of earlier core. Roof structural features.
See DoE listing description for full details.

Griffith, F. M., 1988, DAP/KP, 10, 10a (Aerial Photograph). SDV51366.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 277 (Monograph). SDV325629.

A former manor house. Mostly early 17th century with 18th century additions. Two storey porch with ball finial. Old roof timbers in a barn possibly from a chapel licensed in 1374. Gateway with ball finial. Good outbuildings.

Ordnance Survey, 2023, Mastermap 2023 (Cartographic). SDV365227.

Whelmstone Barton marked.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback. 372.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 277.
SDV344581List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Colebrooke. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 55-56.
SDV365227Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2023. Mastermap 2023. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #140553 ]
SDV40070Article in Serial: Reichel, O. J.. 1922. The Manor and Hundred of Crediton. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 54. A5 Hardback. 153, 154.
SDV45234Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SS70SE2. OSAD Card. Card Index + Digital.
SDV51366Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1988. DAP/KP. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 10, 10a.
SDV58276List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1959. Crediton RD. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 10.

Associated Monuments

MDV38337Related to: Barn to south-west of Whelmstone Barton, Colebrooke (Building)
MDV12149Related to: Chapel at Whelmstone Barton, Colebrooke (Monument)
MDV38338Related to: Cider House and linhays at Whelmstone Barton, Colebrooke (Building)
MDV65356Related to: Drinking cup from Whelmstone Barton, Colebrooke (Find Spot)
MDV12147Related to: Gateway at Whelmstone Barton, Colebrooke (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 3 2023 2:46PM