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HER Number:MDV20558
Name:Cummins Farmhouse, Stockland


An early 16th century hall house floored in the later 16th/17th century.


Grid Reference:ST 251 034
Map Sheet:ST20SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishStockland
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSTOCKLAND

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST20SE/38
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 88196

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Built, XVI to XVII - 1501 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

Clements, H. A., Report on Buildings at Risk in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills, 22, 74, 94 (Report - non-specific). SDV344049.

Risk level 3. Poor condition (B.A.R. 2.2.3). Other details: Photos.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113939.

Des=worksheet(pearce, n. ).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113940.

Doe/hhr:axminster rd/addendum dated 26/11/1976.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113941.

Alcock, n. W. /cruck construction(cba res rep 42)/(1981)112.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113942.

Doe/hhr:62:part of east devon(19/10/1984)166.

Alcock, N. W., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV57461.

Cummins farm. According to alcock, a medieval house (worksheet). Vis=estimated -/-/1975 (doe) dated 1605 on fireplace but possibly older. Two storey, rubble and thatch. Cross passage with stud and panel screens. Roof structure altered. Vis=jointed cruck recorded (alcock).

County Planning Officer, 1976, Proposed Building Preservation Notice: Cummins Farm, Stockland (Correspondence). SDV347206.

Described as a rather grand traditional building. It is a two-storey structure with walls of chert rubble and a thatched roof. The main body of the house has a four-window ground floor and a six-window upper floor front. There is a cross-passage entered under a thatched porch. The ground floor windows have two lights, each with a hollow chamfered mullion under a hood moulding, the whole window being constructed of Ham Stone. The first floor windows are two-light casement windows with leaded panes and ovolo moulded mullions, Inside, there are stud and panel screens on either side of the cross-passage, the lower screen being repeated on the first floor. The hall above the cross-passage has an intersecting beam ceiling with deep chamfered beams and there is evidence that the chamber above the unheated room beyond this hall was originally jettied out into the hall. The roof trusses were originally of arched-brace construction with wind-braces, but the braces have all been removed leaving only the mortices. The principals appear to be smoke-blackened and this would seem to indicate that the building is a medieval structure in origin. The fireplace in the first floor room above the hall is of carved Beer stone and is dated 1605 which perhaps indicates when the house was floored in. A 1920s extension has been added to the lower end of the house with metal windows.

Devon County Council, 1997-2002, Buildings at Risk Survey in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills AONB (Un-published). SDV344048.

Cummins Farmhouse is an early 16th century hall house which still retains a 16th century jointed cruck roof truss. The survey photo taken in 1994 shows the building to be in poor condition with a corrugated metal roof and scaffolding to the single storey lower end. This is still [1998] the situation.

Harrison, I., 2000, Blackdown Hills Listed Buildings at Risk Repair Scheme - Cummins Farm, Stockland (Correspondence). SDV351852.

Since March 1999 the true extent of the condition of the building has been revealed, and it is in a much worse condition than originally thought.

Ford Gilpin Riley Architects, 2001, Specification of Works. Repairs and Refurbishment, Cummins Farm, Stockland (Un-published). SDV347204.

Proposed work consists of the removal of existing coverings to the main range, the retention and repair of the existing period roof trusses and purlins as non-structural elements, and the provision of a new 'honest' modern roof structure with slate covering and insulation, but without ceilings or internal replastering. Existing ceilings have already been removed following discovery (and removal) of asbestos in roof voids.

English Heritage, 2010, Historic Houses Register (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV154869.

Cummins Farmhouse. Circa early 16th century hall house floored circa 16th/17th century. Stone rubble. Corrugated iron roof with half-hipped and gabled end with stone coping. Two storeys. Long six window range. First floor two-light wooden-frame windows with leaded panes. Ground floor two-light hollow-chamfered stone mullion windows with hood-moulds and leaded panes. Plank door off centre to cross passage. At lower end (south west) circa 18th/19th century extension with hipped slate roof.
Interior: what appear to be jointed cruck trusses. Plank and muntin screen to cross passage. Two chamfered four-centred arch doorways to cross passage one leading to stairs. Stopped chamfer ceiling beams to inserted floor. Chamfered bressumer to fireplaces one with chamfered stone jambs. Stone chimneypiece in first floor room with date 1605. Plank and muntin screen and arched doorway in first floor room. Date listed: 26th November 1976.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV113939Migrated Record:
SDV113940Migrated Record:
SDV113941Migrated Record:
SDV113942Migrated Record:
SDV154869List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2010. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV344048Un-published: Devon County Council. 1997-2002. Buildings at Risk Survey in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills AONB. Buildings at Risk Survey in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills AONB. Mixed Archive Material + Digital.
SDV344049Report - non-specific: Clements, H. A.. Report on Buildings at Risk in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills. Devon County Council Report. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 22, 74, 94.
SDV347204Un-published: Ford Gilpin Riley Architects. 2001. Specification of Works. Repairs and Refurbishment, Cummins Farm, Stockland. Ford Gilpin Riley Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV347206Correspondence: County Planning Officer. 1976. Proposed Building Preservation Notice: Cummins Farm, Stockland. Letter to Local Planning Authority. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV351852Correspondence: Harrison, I.. 2000. Blackdown Hills Listed Buildings at Risk Repair Scheme - Cummins Farm, Stockland. Letter + photocopy photos. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV57461Migrated Record: Alcock, N. W..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4580 - Buildings at Risk Survey
  • EDV4654 - Buildings at Risk Re-Survey

Date Last Edited:Jan 9 2020 10:37AM