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HER Number:MDV15235
Name:Bowden Farmhouse, Moretonhampstead

Summary

Farmhouse. Probably 16th century origins but no pre-1600 features now visible. Complex plan, the original layout of which is obscure. There are three main rooms in a row, the left hand room heated by front lateral stack, lower room heated by axial stack, central apparently unheated. No sign of passage. Possibly 18th century central wing at front with adjoining outshut to its left and right. This is a particularly puzzling house, the clues to its development may well still be concealed in its structure.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 747 880
Map Sheet:SX78NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMoretonhampstead
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishMORETONHAMPSTEAD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NW/183
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Built, XV to XVI - 1500 AD to 1599 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1952, Newton Abbot Rural District (Provisional List), 88 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV280219.

Bowden Farm. 17th century. Two storeys, T-shaped. Later stone barns. Ash-house.


Department of Environment, 1987, Moretonhampstead, 49 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV337636.

Farmhouse. Probably 16th century origins but no pre-1600 features now visible. Rendered granite rubble walls. Roof at lower end is slated, otherwise thatched and half-hipped. Two granite rubble stacks, one axial, the other a tall lateral stack with dripmould and granite capping.
Complex plan, the original layout of which is obscure. There are three main rooms in a row, the left hand room heated by front lateral stack, lower room heated by axial stack, central apparently unheated. No sign of passage. Possibly 18th century central wing at front with adjoining outshut to its left and right.
Asymmetrical entrance front with two storey wing at centre and thatched outshut to left of it which projects beyond the gable end. 20th century leanto porch immediately to left of wing with part glazed door to outshut behind it. Corrugated iron roofed outshut to right of wing. Only two first floor rear windows, both two-light early 20th century casements, the right-hand one has glazing bars. Below it is a four-light ovolo-moulded wooden mullion window with glazing probably replaced in 19th century. To its right is large 20th century two-light casement of single panes. On the higher gable end at first floor level is two-light 19th century casement in wooden mullion frame.
Interior: is considerably altered probably in early 20th century though it is likely that early features have been concealed. Left-hand room has chamfered longitudinal beam with hollow step stop. Central room also has chamfered axial beam but the stops are indiscernable. Lower room has fireplace with chamfered wooden lintel and notched stops. On the first floor the feet of some substantial straight principals are visible with heavy purlins but access to the roof-space is not possible.
This is a particularly puzzling house, the clues to its development may well still be concealed in its structure.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Depicted on the modern mapping.


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

MORETONHAMPSTEAD SX 78 NW 1/72 Bowden Farmhouse - 23.8.55 GV II
Farmhouse. Probably C16 origins but no pre-1600 features now visible. Rendered granite rubble walls. Roof at lower end is slated, otherwise thatched and half- hipped. 2 granite rubble stacks, one axial, the other a tall lateral stack with dripmould and granite capping.
Complex plan, the original layout of which is obscure. There are 3 main rooms in a row, the left-hand room heated by front lateral stack, lower room heated by axial stack, central apparently unheated. No sign of passage. Possibly C18 central wing at front with adjoining outshut to its left and right. Asymmetrical entrance front with 2 storey wing a centre and thatched outshut to left of it which projects beyond the gable end. C20 leanto porch immediately to left of wing with part glazed door to outshut behind it. Corrugated iron roofed outshut to right of wing. Only 2 first floor rear windows, both 2-light early C20 casements, the right-hand one has glazing bars. Below it is a 4-light ovolo moulded wooden mullion window with glazing probably replaced in C19. To its right is large C20 2-light casement of single panes. On the higher gable end at first floor level is 2-light C19 casement in wooden mullion frame.
Interior is considerable altered probably in early C20 though it is likely that early features have been concealed. Left-hand room has chamfered longitudinal beam with hollow step stop. Central room also has chamfered axial beam but the stops are indiscernable. Lower room has fireplace with chamfered wooden lintel and notched stops. On the first floor the feet of some substantial straight principals are visible with heavy purlins but access to the roof-space is not possible.
This is a particularly puzzling house, the clues to its development may well still be concealed in its structure.
Listing NGR: SX7473488024

Sources / Further Reading

SDV280219List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1952. Newton Abbot Rural District (Provisional List). Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 88.
SDV337636List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Moretonhampstead. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 49.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81514 ]
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV109970Part of: Bowden Farmstead, Moretonhampstead (Monument)
MDV40327Related to: Barn east of Bowden Farmhouse, Moretonhampstead (Building)
MDV40326Related to: Shippon at Bowden, Moretonhampstead (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 26 2018 2:27PM