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HER Number:MDV1714
Name:Swaddledown, Bratton Clovelly


The earliest part of the house is the rectangular range on the north which is probably an early 17th century remodelling of a medieval house. The south front added in the 19th century.


Grid Reference:SX 459 928
Map Sheet:SX49SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBratton Clovelly
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRATTON CLOVELLY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX49SE/2
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANSION HOUSE (First Built, Early Medieval to XVII - 1066 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230049.

Hoskins, w. G. /dcnq/26(1954-1955)133/devon parish notes.

The house was the seat of the langfords. The original house was the rectangular range on the north, of 17th century date. The front was added in the 19th century (hoskins).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230050.

Doe/hhr: okehampton rd/(-/2/1960)2/provisional list.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230051.

Doe/hhr:bratton clovelly/(1987)provisional list.

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV325942.

Listed grade iii. Original house was rectangular range on north. Xvii. Front added xix. Stone stacks. One room has timber ceiling and open fireplace (doe).

NMR, CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV230047.

Vis=22/5/1974 (os) outbuildings are of early cob + coarse rubble (nmr, citing os).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX49SE2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV230048.

Swaddledown. (OS 6" 1907)

The south front of the house has been remodelled in comparatively recent times. But the rear appears to be fairly old. The present occupants have no idea of the date when the house was built. Suggest that remains of should be added to the name. (Site visit, 14/03/1951)

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

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1105625 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

Swaddledown. Farmhouse. Probably an early C17 remodelling of a medieval house which may have been a longhouse. Victorian addition. Rendered stone rubble and cob walls. Slate roof which is hipped to right end of old house and gabled to its left end; hipped to C19 block. Old house has granite ashlar chimney with tapering cap at left gable end and rubble and granite ashlar axial stack. The old house is now at the rear of the building. It is likely to be a substantial remodelling of a medieval house from the evidence of some reused smoke-blackened timbers in the roof. Its plan as it survives is of a through-passage with a very small unheated lower room to its right, a hall with fireplace backing onto the passage and a larger inner room heated by a gable end stack. The original form of the lower end is not entirely clear as it appears to have been truncated and the pronounced downhill slope is suggestive of a longhouse. This would mean that either the shippon was demolished in the remodelling and a small service room made in its place or alternatively the service room existed inbetween the passage and shippon as at the nearby Chimsworthy (q.v.). The existence of a thick wall between hall and inner room, which extends at least up to eaves height and possibly originally to the apex, is a feature of early houses in this area. In this house it is not possible to say whether or not it marked the end of the house at the hall which was then extended but if this is so it may pre-date the C17 remodelling. In Victorian times a new L-shaped front block was added in the hall and inner room probably relegating the old house to secondary uses. A later C19 dairy was added in a lean-to against the lower right end. 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4-window front to old house. On the 1st floor is a C19 3- light small-paned casement to the left with 2 early C20 3-light casements to its right. To the far right on the 1st floor is a late C19/early C20 4-pane sash. The ground floor has a 3-light C19 casement to the left and a similar late C20 casement at the centre. To the right of centre is a late C19/early C20 lean-to porch with C20 plank door behind which leads to the passage. Small single light early C20 casement to its right. Late C19 outshut added against right-hand end wall of house. Behind the old house but not forming the main front is the C19 block which is L- shaped with a wing projecting to the left. Interior: The roof structure is probably C18 with straight principal rafters which have lapped and pegged collars and purlins running along the backs of the principals. Some timbers including a purlin are smoke-blackened and have been reused from a medieval roof. The passage has a chamfered cross beam with straight cut stops; at its lower end is the head beam for a plank and muntin screen, chamfered with mason's mitres, the screen itself was recently removed. The lower room has a chamfered cross beam adjoining the screen head-beam with joists which are chamfered and stopped with diagonal stops. The hall has a granite framed fireplace with a straight roll- moulded lintel. The inner room has a chamfered granite-framed fireplace. It has a good quality beamed ceiling of a heavy chamfered cross beam with step stops and similarly decorated joists. Above the inner room the 2 chambers are divided by a plank and muntin screen which has chamfered muntins and head-beam with mason's mitres, the bottom appears to have rotted away and been repaired. The chamber at the higher end, into which the screen faces, has a granite-framed fireplace, chamfered with step stops to the jambs. In the gable wall adjoining it is a contemporary small-arched wooden doorway rebated for a door which leads only to a small recess but may originally have been for a garderobe. This house retains a number of good quality early features and has an interesting plan and development which is open to several interpretations.
Date first listed: 7th September 1987

Sources / Further Reading

SDV230047Report - Survey: NMR, CITING OS.
SDV230048Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX49SE2. OSAD Card. Card Index + Digital.
SDV230049Migrated Record:
SDV230050Migrated Record:
SDV230051Migrated Record:
SDV325942Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #113740 ]
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1105625.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 12 2018 10:52AM