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HER Number:MDV37483
Name:Great Avercombe Farmhouse, Bishop's Nympton

Summary

Farmhouse with late 16th/early 17th century origins.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 766 232
Map Sheet:SS72SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBishop's Nympton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBISHOPS NYMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS72SE/79
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1988, Bishops Nympton, 34 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV61773.

Great Avercombe Farmhouse (formerly listed as West Avercombe Farmhouse). Circa late c16/early c17 origins, later c17 extension at west end, c18 refurbishment and possibly a remodelling or extension at the east end. Colourwashed rendered cob and stone rubble; thatched roof, hipped at ends; back-to-back fireplaces in an axial stack, two projecting lateral stacks on the rear (north) wall. A long single-depth range, five rooms wide, on an east-west axis, the north wall (presumably originally the rear), parallel to the road. The core of the house is late c16/early c17. A c17 oak plank and muntin partition forms an axial passage taken out of the back (north) end of the small parlour left (west) of the wide passage. Two storeys. Asymmetrical seven window south (garden) elevation with an approx. Central thatched porch with a c20 front door, flanked by c20 timber windows. Visible pre c18 features on the ground floor include hollow-chamfered axial beams to the potato store and the adjacent parlour. The house preserves a fine series of c18 2 panel doors and c18 fitted cupboards with fielded panels, and c18 panelling survives below the stair window of the higher end stair. Roof structural features. The side-pegged jointed cruck trusses over the centre of the house appear not to be smoke-stained. An impressively large traditional house, preserving its thatch, an interesting plan form and unusually rich in c18 joinery. See DoE list for full details


Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.


Historic England, 2017, National Heritage List for England, 1107265 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359963.

Great Avercombe Farmhouse. Farmhouse. Circa late C16/early C17 origins, later C17 extension at west end, C18 refurbishment and possibly a remodelling or extension at the east end. Colourwashed rendered cob and stone rubble; thatched roof, hipped at ends; back-to-back fireplaces in an axial stack, 2 projecting lateral stacks on the rear (north) wall. Plan: A long single-depth range, 5 rooms wide, on an east-west axis, the north wall (presumably originally the rear), parallel to the road. In the present arrangement the rooms are as follows, left to right (west to east): a potato store, 2 small parlours heated by back-to-back fireplaces, a wide cross passage with an entrance from the south, facing a stair, a large parlour heated by a lateral stack, a short passage with an entrance from the rear (north) with a wide stair facing the entrance, kitchen at the right (east) end. The core of the house is late C16/early C17: hall to the right (east), lower service end to the left (west). The lower end may have been unheated originally as the axial stack fireplaces look C18 at the earliest and could be later. A C17 oak plank and muntin partition forms an axial passage taken out of the back (north) end of the small parlour left (west) of the wide passage. The right (east) end of the house appears to be a remodelling of the C18, possibly an extension and refashioning of a late C16/early C17 inner room. This remodelling has provided a second entrance from the rear (north) and the present kitchen. The house is rich in C18 joinery and includes an C18 axial passage on the first floor. Thus the C18 work seems to have upgraded and modernized the old higher end and provided a new entrance and stair, the old lower end perhaps used for servants' accommodation and storage, making use of the old entrance on the south side which is divided between a dairy and a porch. Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 7 window south (garden) elevation with an approximately central thatched porch with a C20 front door, flanked by C20 timber windows. To the right, a C20 conservatory adjoining the kitchen, to the left a C20 French window with small panes and, at the extreme left a plank door to the potato store. The north elevation, facing the road, has a lean-to outshut at the left, enclosing the left hand axial stack with a corrugated asbestos roof and a C20 aluminium door flanked by C20 windows. The right end of this elevation is blind except for a small 4-pane window lighting the axial passage on the ground floor; a 12-pane C19 sash lighting the stair and a blocked, probably C18, 2-light timber mullioned window to first floor right. There is a GR letter box in the rear wall. Interior: Visible pre C18 features on the ground floor include hollow-chamfered axial beams to the potato store and the adjacent small parlour. The oak plank and muntin screen to the ground floor axial passage has chamfered stopped muntins on the passage side: the screen may not be in situ and could have been moved from the original entry. The large parlour, heated by the rear lateral stack, has a boxed-in crossbeam, said not to have a fine finish (information from owner). Both the fireplaces to the lateral stacks are partly blocked, earlier jambs and lintels may survive. There are no exposed ceiling beams in the kitchen. The house preserves a fine series of C18 2-panel doors and C18 fitted cupboards with fielded panels, and C18 panelling survives below the stair window of the higher end stair. Roof: Not inspected from end to end at time of survey but the side-pegged jointed cruck trusses over the centre of the house appear not to be smoke-stained, indicating that the present structure has always had chimney stacks. The truss over the east end is C18 in character, an A frame with an X apex and principal rafters visible in the room over the potato store also appear to be straight, suggesting a late C17 or later date. An impressively large traditional house, preserving its thatch, an interesting plan form and unsually rich in C18 joinery.
Date first listed: 20th February 1967

Sources / Further Reading

SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #89524 ]
SDV359963National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2017. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1107265.
SDV61773List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1988. Bishops Nympton. Historic Houses Register. Website. 34.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 7 2017 12:24PM