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HER Number:MDV23572
Name:North or Higher Hele farmhouse, Cornwood

Summary

North or Higher Hele farmhouse, Cornwood; seat of the Hele family for centuries until their decline in the 18th century. Two storey dwelling likely to have replaced a simple three-room cross passage house on this location, possibly as early as 1600 as documentary sources from 1621 hint at a well-appointed house. House rebuilt in the mid-18th / early 19th century and was a tenant farm on the Blachford estate until around 1960.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 613 612
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/159
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 99157

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Manco, J., 2008, The History of Higher Hele, Cornwood, 21 (Report - Assessment). SDV347640.

North or Higher Hele farmhouse, Cornwood; seat of the Hele family for centuries until their decline in the 18th century. Two storey dwelling likely to have replaced a simple three-room cross passage house on this location, possibly as early as 1600 as documentary sources from 1621 hint at a well-appointed house. Decorative doorway survives and has been moved to the rear of the property.
House rebuilt in the mid-18th / early 19th century and was a tenant farm on the Blachford estate. The Blachford estate papers held at the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office (ref: 733) are extensive and to a large extent un-catalogued so it may be possible that further detail relating to Higher Hele could be found here.


Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.


English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

North (or Higher) Hele farmhouse. Mid 18th century with some earlier fabric. Granite ashlar front. Slate hipped tartaruga roof. Band at first floor level and plinth. Two storeys. Symmetrical 5-bay facade. Original window openings with flat arches and 20th century casements. Central flush panel door with rectangular fanlight and 20th century open porch. Rendered chimneystacks at either end. At rear one storey and attic outshut with moulded 4-centred arch doorway with carved spandrels and a stone mullion window. This may be the remains of an earlier house or the doorway may be reused material.
Interior: staircase with open well filled in but retaining balustrade with moulded handrail ramped up to large column newels. Other details: LB UID: 99157.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #84029 ]
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV347640Report - Assessment: Manco, J.. 2008. The History of Higher Hele, Cornwood. A4 Comb Bound. 21.

Associated Monuments

MDV77424Part of: North Hele farmstead, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV23573Related to: Barn at North Hele farm, Cornwood (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5210 - Assessment of Higher Hele farmhouse, Cornwood

Date Last Edited:Aug 9 2011 12:24PM