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HER Number:MDV33314
Name:Teigncombe Farmhouse, Chagford


Teigncombe farmhouse; an early or mid 16th century granite rubble farmhouse, originally thatched. Underwent major alterations in the 17th century and in approximately 1924. Now has a slate roof. Small front garden is enclosed by a late 19th century granite rubble wall.


Grid Reference:SX 671 871
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 904707
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/196
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 94601

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Early Medieval to XXI - 1066 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

1840, Tithe Map (Cartographic). SDV339770.

Teigncombe farmhouse depicted on Tithe Map.

Probert, S. A. J., 1990, Untitled Source (Archive - Survey). SDV347440.

(Site visited 17/8/1990) This structure is as described in Listing text. Survey of the ground floor carried out by Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England.

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

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

Farmhouse. Early or mid 16th century with major 17th century alterations, last major modernisation circa 1924. Walls of granite stone rubble with large dressed granite quoins, plastered on front; granite stacks, all with their original granite ashlar chimney shafts; slate roof, thatch until around 1924.
Plan and development: L-shaped house. The main block faces north-east and is built down a slope. It has a three-room-and-through-passage plan with the inner room at the uphill right (north-western) end. The original house was open to the roof, at least in the hall, and probably heated by an open hearth fire. By the end of the 17th century it was floored throughout. It is tempting to suggest that it was built as a Dartmoor longhouse but there is no positive proof. About the middle or end of the 17th century an end fireplace was built on the lower end and certainly since then the lower end room has been in domestic use. The hall has an axial stack backing onto the passage and the inner room has an end stack with a newel stair alongside. Probably in the 18th century a dairy block added to rear of the inner room, and in 20th century rear of passage blocked by insertion of bathroom into what looks like a former porch. Now two storeys throughout.
Exterior: Irregular five-window front of various 19th and 20th century casements. Those at the left end contain small rectangular panes of leaded glass whilst the two first floor windows on the right end contain mostly diamond panes of leaded glass. Rest have glazing bars. The front passage doorway left of centre contains a late 19th-early 20th century door as too does the inserted doorway to the inner room at the right end. Roof is gable-ended. Newel stair projects a little from the right end, and left end wall contains a presumably 17th century two-light granite window with chamfered mullion. Although the rear faces south-west there are few windows and no obvious signs of blocked openings.
Interior has surprisingly plain early features where they are exposed. The lower end room has a granite fireplace with replacement lintel and the crossbeam has a slight soffit chamfer with runout stops. Is it really as early as the 17th century? The hall fireplace has a granite ashlar back in the passage with a soffit-chamfered cornice but the actual fireplace is blocked by a 20th century grate. The hall crossbeam is boxed in and the upper end oak plank-and-muntin screen is plastered over this side; only the plain-finished reverse is exposed in the inner room. The inner room has a plain chamfered crossbeam and the fireplace is all granite with a chamfered surround. A flight of stone newel stairs rise alongside. The joinery detail is 19th and 20th century. The roof is basically a replacement construction of circa 1924. Only the truss at the upper end of the hall survives and the lower part of it is buried in a first floor partition. Nevertheless it is probably 16th century. It has a cranked collar and is definitely smoke-blackened on the hall side at least, which indicates an original open hall-house heated by an open hearth fire.
The small front garden is enclosed by late 19th century low granite rubble boundary walls. Other details: LB UID: 94601.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV339770Cartographic: 1840. Tithe Map. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #87826 ]
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV347440Archive - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1990. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV77261Part of: Teigncombe farmstead, Chagford (Monument)
MDV33315Related to: Barn 80 meters north-east of Teigncombe Farmhouse, Chagford (Building)
MDV123455Related to: Ruined longhouse at Teigncombe Farm, Chagford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 19 2018 3:20PM