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HER Number:MDV3617
Name:Warne's Kitchen, Eastontown


Warne's Kitchen a longhouse at Eastontown built in the 16th century with later alterations and additions and shown on 19th century maps


Grid Reference:SX 536 727
Map Sheet:SX57SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSampford Spiney
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSAMPFORD SPINEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SW/24
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONGHOUSE (XV to XVI - 1500 AD to 1600 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Irregular shaped building shown on 19th century Tithe Map in an irregular shaped enclosure with a rectangular building and two small enclosures to the east. The Apportionment for 'Badcocks and Eastentown' lists Field Number 359 as 'Houses and Courtlage'.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 238 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Eastontown was mentioned as 'Byestedon' in 1340, 'Estedon' in 1377 and 'Easton Towne' in 1677.

Department of Environment, 1960, Tavistock RD, 21 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV239444.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1963, Monuments Threatened or Destroyed. A Select List: 1956-1962, 32 (Monograph). SDV289739.

Outbuilding of stone, one and two storeys. Built in 16th century on long-house plan, with one living room, with room above, between small outshut and byre.

Jones, S. R., 1971, Devonshire Farmhouses. Part III. Moorland and Non-Moorland Long-Houses, 43 (Article in Serial). SDV338987.

Warne's kitchen, Eastontown. The house was heightened and the inner space contracted instead of enlarged, the two ground floor rooms being reduced to one, in the early 17th century. It may have been used as a kitchen. The original doorway and window openings with granite dressings are preserved. There are many similarities with Burrow Farm in Plymstock. Stylistically, the doorways are ascribable to the period 1500-1600. There is a wide recess in the west wall of the hall which may have housed a builtin cupboard or dresser. Retains a primitive porch and wide circular staircase in a curious turret to which the underside of some stone steps forms a kind of external corbelling.

Mercer, E., 1975, English Vernacular Houses (Monograph). SDV336308.

Department of Environment, 1987, Sampford Spiney, 69 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV252739.

An outbuilding of Eastontown. It was originally a house and affords an interesting example of local domestic architecture. Rubble with slate roof. Two storeys. Remains of stone mullioned windows. Some granite doorways with four centre heads. Stone newel stair. Lean-to porch. ?late 16th century.

White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads, Warne's kitchen (Un-published). SDV352501.

Warne's kitchen longhouse.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Irregular shaped building at 'Eastontown' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

Warne4's Kitchen a longhouse, abandoned as living accommodation. Early 16th century, with additions to front right and left probably of early 17th century, addition to left side may be original, stair tower possibly also later addition. Granite rubble with granite dressings, dry slate roofs. Hall and shippon probably of 16th century. Hall and attic with single-storied outshut which may be original. Entrance to passage with no wall dividing off shippon, door to left to hall. The stairs, in a projection to the front of the hall, are a later addition and it is likely that the house was originally lower, probably the same height as the shippon. The fireplace has gone and its original position is uncertain; it may have been in a recess in the front wall of the hall, but the thick wall backing on to the passage suggests a fireplace in the more normal axial position. Doorways are staggered front and rear, with central drain in shippon. Addition to front right formed extra shippon space. Two storeys, hall to left has stair tower with pitched roof and small single light in hollow chamfered granite surround, battered walls corbelled out under stair treads; lean-to at left return; attached to front and built around stair tower, single-storey addition with single light in hollow-chamfered granite surround, unglazed, and door, continued along front of building to form porch wih stone bench to side, to right with ventilation slit under eaves and door to front and inner side; hall possibly had former upper window, slate dripstone remaining. Door to passage has granite surround with 4-centred arch, hollow chamfered with straight end stops, later door with reused strap hinges; lower roof level over passage and shippon end. At right return, lean-to has small single light with granite lintel, shippon has wall chamfered to left, drain, central window at ground floor with rough cut granite surround, ventilation slit right and left and above in gable. Rear has loading door under eaves to left in shippon, separate entry to shippon to left of site of rear of passage, with flat chamfered granite lintel. Rear of hall end has small single,light in hollow chamfered granite surround, formerly 3-light granite hollow-chamfered 17th century casement with mullions cut away and 2-light wooden casement inserted, single light in hollow-chamfered granite light. Interior passage open on lower side to shippon, wall inserted half-way across, six rough cut tie beams in shippon and central drain along floor, four-bay 19th century roof with principal rafters, collars, two rows of purlins; in rear wall at base, a horizontal granite opening possibly for channelling water through shippon; granite floor. To left of passage, granite doorway to hall with depressed 4-centred arched head and broach stops, door with reused strap hinges, Two steps up to hall wall about 90 centimetres thick. Small single light in rear wall has splayed reveal, end wall has small keeping hole, front wall has two recesses formed by granite built out from front wall, large keeping hole to right of doorway to stair tower with flat chamfered timber lintel and chamfered jamb to left, missing to right, former door opening to front lean-to, blocked with timber lintel remaining. Granite newel stair with keeping hole in wall of stair tower; three-bay 19th century roof over sleeping loft.
An important building where the later accretions are of interest to the evolution.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 238.
SDV239444List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1960. Tavistock RD. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 21.
SDV252739List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Sampford Spiney. Historic Houses Register. 69.
SDV289739Monograph: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1963. Monuments Threatened or Destroyed. A Select List: 1956-1962. Monuments Threatened or Destroyed. A Select List: 1956-1962. Photocopy. 32.
SDV336308Monograph: Mercer, E.. 1975. English Vernacular Houses. English Vernacular Houses. Unknown.
SDV338987Article in Serial: Jones, S. R.. 1971. Devonshire Farmhouses. Part III. Moorland and Non-Moorland Long-Houses. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 103. A5 Paperback. 43.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Warne's kitchen.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #88929 ]
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV77951Part of: Eastontown Farmstead, Sampford Spiney (Monument)
MDV30242Related to: Eastontown farmhouse, Sampford Spiney (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 22 2016 11:06AM