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HER Number:MDV23497
Name:Lower Langage Farmhouse


Lower Langage an 18th century farmhouse with 19th century extension to south.


Grid Reference:SX 573 562
Map Sheet:SX55NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSparkwell
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMPTON ST.MARY
Ecclesiastical ParishSPARKWELL

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX55NE/83/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (XVIII to XXI - 1701 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Dean, R., 18/07/2007, Langage Energy Park, Plympton (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV359587.

Department of Environment, 1984, Sparkwell, LBS No 99224 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV146171.

Lower Langage farmhouse. 18C rendered stone rubble with a bitumerised slate roof with gabled ends. Two storeys. Four window range. Small 19C casements, 2 on first floor right hand with small panes. Central and right hand plank doors, slated hood over central door. Chimney stacks at gable ends. 19C extension at south.

Merz & McLellan Ltd, 1998, Langage Energy Centre and Langage Energy Park Environmental Statement: Cultural Heritage, 22 (Report - Assessment). SDV320784.

Lower Langage farmhouse reportedly with a cross passage. 19C maps suggest most of the outbuildings & boundary walls have been altered of rebuilt. Granite staddle stones supporting a former granary or hay rack survive to the west of the house.

Cox, J. + Thorp, J. R. L., 1999, Lower Langage Farm, Sparkwell, Devon. (Report - Survey). SDV360276.

Apart from the section of cob wall in the barn the standing buildings show no evidence of any fabric earlier than the mid 18th century, and the 18th century work is confined to the house, barn and possibly the granary.
It has been said that the house was potentially rebuilt 'around a hundred years ago' after it was bought in 1888.

The 18th century house, so far as can be seen, is relatively well-preserved. 18th century vernacular houses are not that common in Devn and those that do survive usually have more architectural pretension than this one. The visible 18th century carpentary and joinery detail is consistently plain.

The house was enlarged and throughly refurbished in the late 19th cnetury but the rear range comprises the older (probably mid-late 18th century farmhouse which was then adapted for service use.

The fornt block is entirley late 19th century. The entrance hall contains the late Victorian stair. The parlour is to the west with the dining room to right. Both have moulded plaster cornices and ceiling roses but have lost their original fireplace chimneypieces. The first floorchambers have also lost their chimneypieces but retain most of their Victorian joinery. The 5-bay roof is carried on king post trusses.

The older farmhouse was incorporated into the larger Victorian one. The plain joinery and carpentary suggests a mid 18th century date but it is difficult to date the house closely because of the signular lack of decorative detail.

Rolland, A. + Conway, M., 2009, Plymouth Eastern Corridor Major Scheme Bid Heritage Assessment (Report - Assessment). SDV349943.

Historic England, 2017, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359963.

Lower Langage Farm house. 18th century, listed Grade II. Rendered stone rubble. Bitumerised slate roof with gabled ends. Two storeys. Four window range. Small 19th century casements, 2 on first floor right hand with small panes. Central and right hand plank doors, slated hood over central door. Chimneystacks at gable ends. 19th century extension at rear (south).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV146171List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1984. Sparkwell. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. LBS No 99224.
SDV320784Report - Assessment: Merz & McLellan Ltd. 1998. Langage Energy Centre and Langage Energy Park Environmental Statement: Cultural Heritage. Merz & McLellan Ltd. A4 Stapled + Digital. 22.
SDV349943Report - Assessment: Rolland, A. + Conway, M.. 2009. Plymouth Eastern Corridor Major Scheme Bid Heritage Assessment. Wessex Archaeology Report. 67801.01. A4 Bound + Digital.
SDV359587Report - Geophysical Survey: Dean, R.. 18/07/2007. Langage Energy Park, Plympton. Substrata. Digital.
SDV359963National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2017. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV360276Report - Survey: Cox, J. + Thorp, J. R. L.. 1999. Lower Langage Farm, Sparkwell, Devon.. Keystone Historic Buildings Consultants. K604. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV16922Part of: Langage (Monument)
MDV81060Related to: Corn Barn, Lower Langage Farm (Monument)
MDV71193Related to: Field Boundaries at Langage Farm (Monument)
MDV81064Related to: Granary, Lower Langage Farm (Monument)
MDV80584Related to: Higher Langage Farmhouse (Monument)
MDV81061Related to: Horse Engine House, Lower Langage Farm (Monument)
MDV81063Related to: Range of Cow Houses, Lower Langage Farm (Monument)
MDV81062Related to: Stable, Lower Langage Farm (Monument)
MDV71192Related to: WATER MEADOW in the Parish of Sparkwell (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV873 - Langage Energy Centre: desktop assessment
  • EDV7306 - Lower Langage Farm: Historic Building Recording (Ref: K604)
  • EDV5970 - Walkover Survey, Part of Plymouth Eastern Corridor Major Scheme Bid: A38 Study Corridor
  • EDV6959 - Geophysical Survey, Langage Energy Park, Plympton

Date Last Edited:Jul 25 2017 1:52PM