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HER Number:MDV37770
Name:Farmhouse at Little Warmhill, Hennock


Little Warmhill farmhouse shown on 19th century maps was built in the late 16th or early 17th century


Grid Reference:SX 834 804
Map Sheet:SX88SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHennock
Ecclesiastical ParishHENNOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX88SW/98
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (XVI to Post Medieval - 1501 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

Building shown on 19th century Tithe Map. The Apportionment for Field Number 541 lists 'Two Cots' and records it is part of Greater Warmhill estate, although the surrounding plots are listed as 'part of Little Warmhill Lights Shepherds and Battice'.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

A rectangular building with an extension to the northwest is shown on OS 25" (1880s) map to the northwest of the settlement of Warmhill. The building is surrounded by three small enclosures with an orchard to the north.

Exeter Archaeology, 2002, Archaeological Assessment of Tottiford to Newton Abbot Trunk Main, 7 (Report - Assessment). SDV281233.

Little Warmhill was formerly a farmhouse.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

'Little Warmhill' shown on modern mapping as a rectangular building to the north of the road.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England, 1097387 (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

Little Warmhill. House, formerly a farmhouse. Late 16th or 17th century, the wings added in 1980s; basic structure may be Late Medieval. Rendered, solid walls. Thatched roof, hipped at each end. Large rendered stack (heating former hall) just in front of ridge, off-centre to left. Small rendered stack on ridge towards right-hand end. A third stack in rear wall, off-centre to right. Original plan had at least two rooms (hall and kitchen) with through passage; the hall had been totally demolished and was rebuilt in the 1980s, the right-hand room was heightened at the same time from being an added lean-to. Two storeys. Five window front, the third and fourth windows from left occupying the pre-1980s section. Doorway, with 20th century door and porch, in left-hand bay of this section. Beside it on left is a large oven projection. All windows are 20th century, small-paned wood casements.
Interior: hall fireplace is large with granite jambs; 20th century wood lintel. Oven in right-hand side. Rear wall of chimney facing through-passage is of large-scale granite rubble with a chamfered cornice at the top, but no plinth at the bottom. Fireplace in rear wall of former kitchen (now the sitting-room) has splayed sides, and in the left-hand side an old oven with shallow granite shelf in front; fireplace has 20th century lintel. Roof of old part mostly has plain trusses with collars pegged to the faces of the principal rafters; at the right-hand end are the rafters of a former hip. The hall stack, however, appears to be built on to a side-pegged jointed cruck truss, suggesting that it may be an insertion into what was originally a Medieval house; in roof-space truss has possible traces of smoke-blackening.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV281233Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2002. Archaeological Assessment of Tottiford to Newton Abbot Trunk Main. Exeter Archaeology Report. 02.78. A4 Stapled + Digital. 7.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #89603 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website. 1097387.
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV108452Part of: Little Warmhill, Hennock (Monument)
MDV37769Related to: Warmhill Cottage, Hennock (Building)
MDV37786Related to: Warmhill farmhouse, Hennock (Building)
MDV15985Related to: Warmhill settlement, Hennock (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV154 - Archaeological Assessment of Tottiford to Newton Abbot Trunk Main

Date Last Edited:Mar 28 2017 10:43AM