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HER Number:MDV22101
Name:Sweaton Farmhouse, Widecombe in the Moor

Summary

16th or 17th century farmhouse (possibly with earlier origins), with later additions; right-hand end rebuilt in the 18th or early 19th century. Three-room and through-passage plan, with hall stack backing on to passage; lower end rebuilt as a parlour. The inner room is very large, and may have been a kitchen at one time.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 700 736
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/97
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Built, XV to XVII - 1500 AD to 1699 AD (Between))

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

Sweadon/Sweaton is shown on the Tithe Map. Houses, Bartons etc. No. 1734.


Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 530 (Monograph). SDV337894.

Documented in 1544.


Department of Environment, 1952, Newton Abbot Rural District (Provisional List), 110 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV280219.


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, Vol IV, 785 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

(15/6/1979) Old longhouse, which the owner thinks could possibly date back to the 14th century. Shippon converted in the 19th century. Roof thatched, windows mullioned and transomed. Walls are cobbled.
At the front of the house there is what could have been a porch but is no longer used as the entrance. No trace of a central passage but the old hearth and a spiral staircase still exist. There is a newer hearth at the dairy end of the house (see diagram on worksheet).
A leat runs through the front yard along by a barn, which at one time, had been cottages. Inside there are traces of what may have been a chimney breast.


Alcock, N. W., 1981, Cruck Construction: An Introduction and Catalogue, 108 (Report - non-specific). SDV342504.

True cruck recorded at Sweaton (citing Miss E. Gawne).


Department of Environment, 1986, Widecombe in the Moor, 144 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV289221.

Sweaton. 17th century and later. Two storeys. Granite with thatched roof. Building is in two blocks. Wall in front with two slender granite gate piers with small ball terminals. There is a stone chimney on the ridge and a low outshot with slate roof at the join of two blocks. Thatched roof brought down low at rear.


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

Shown on the modern mapping.


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

WIDECOMBE-IN- PONSWORTHY SX 77 SW THE-MOOR 6/247 Sweaton Farmhouse, including 23.8.55 garden wall and gate piers - GV II
Farmhouse. C16 or C17, with later additions; right-hand end rebuilt C18 or early C19. Granite rubble. Roofs thatched, except for an added slated range projecting from the left-hand end of front wall. Large granite ashlar chimneystack on left- hand gable; 2 similar but smaller stacks at either end of the rebuilt right-hand section.
3-room and through-passage plan, with hall stack backing on to passage; lower end rebuilt as a parlour. The inner room is very large, and may have been a kitchen at one time.
2 storeys, with single-storey additions at front and rear. 4 windows wide. Old house part is 2 windows wide with 3-light C19 wood casements having 3 panes per light. Rebuilt lower end has 8-paned sashes; door in left-hand bay is C20 with older thatched hood on shaped wood brackets. To left of it an added stone lean-to. At right-angles to the left-hand end of old house part a narrow, 2- storeyed service-wing. In front of the rebuilt parlour end a low granite rubble garden wall with 2 slender granite gate piers with ball finials.
Interior has few features. Hall fireplace rebuilt in C20. Large inner room fireplace with plain granite lintel; this room has upper-floor joists running from front to back wall, those at the hall end chamfered. At rear of hall a stair turret with winding granite staircase.
Roof-structure includes 2 trusses with principal rafters having short curved feet. The farmyard contains some well-preserved buildings of good quality, including a barn, pigsty and shippon that are separately listed.
Listing NGR: SX7003873632

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. 110.
SDV289221List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Widecombe in the Moor. Historic Houses Register. A4 Single Sheet. 144.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. Vol IV, 785.
SDV337894Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1932. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. IX. A5 Hardback. 530.
SDV342504Report - non-specific: Alcock, N. W.. 1981. Cruck Construction: An Introduction and Catalogue. Council for British Archaeology Research Report. 42. Photocopy. 108.
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #83299 ]
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV30055Part of: Sweaton Farmstead, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)
MDV30054Related to: Barn at Sweaton, Widecombe in the Moor (Building)
MDV30052Related to: Pigsty at Sweaton farm, Widecombe (Building)
MDV30053Related to: Shippon north-east of Sweaton farmhouse, Widecombe (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 9 2018 4:14PM