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HER Number:MDV66935
Name:Barn at Ayshford Court, Burlescombe


Remains of a 16th century stone-built barn which was much rebuilt in the late 17th/early 18th century and late 18th/early 19th century. The 16th century roof structure remained in situ until its partial collapse in 1992 and total collapse in 1995.


Grid Reference:ST 048 152
Map Sheet:ST01NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBurlescombe
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBURLESCOMBE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST01NW/4/2
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BARN (Built, XVI - 1501 AD to 1600 AD (Between))

Full description

Clements, H. A., Report on Buildings at Risk in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills, 20, 60, 108 (Report - non-specific). SDV344049.

Risk level 1. Unoccupied. Very bad condition (B.A.R 1.1.1).

KEYSTONE 1995, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV49777.

C16 threshing barn. Cob and rubble walls, much rebuilt in late c17/early c18 and late c18/early c19. C16 roof structure remained in situ until partial collapse in 1992 and complete collapse in 1995. Barn 7 bays long (likely original 8 bays) with 8 trusses. Former threshing floors probably in bays 3 and 6 (keystone 1995).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV49779.

Des=english heritage engineers' report with photos/(march 1993)/in pf.

Thorp, J., 1995, The Collapsed Barn at Ayshford Court, Burlescombe, Devon (Report - Survey). SDV49778.

Keystone/the collapsed barn at ayshford court burlescombe devon/(june 1995)/k393/in smr.

Humphreys, C. + Wapshott, E. + Green, T., 2013, Barns at Higher Ayshford Farm, Burlescombe, Devon: Results of a Desk-Based Assessment and Historic Building Recording, 31, 33, Fig. 22 (Report - Survey). SDV351661.

The remains of a 16th century barn (10) set slightly to north of centre in the farmyard. The building was largely demolished in the mid to late 20th century and only parts of the south and east walls remain. The surviving stonework is similar to that of the perimeter wall.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Site of building shown.

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

Barn approximately 20 metres north-est of Ayshford Court. Barn. C16, much-altered in the C20. Local stone rubble; corrugated iron roof, formerly thatch. Plan and exterior description: former threshing barn facing onto a lane to the north-west and backing on to a later farmyard. Most of the front wall has been demolished to create an open 5-bay front. There is a stone crosswall dividing the barn into two compartments, the left one larger than the right one. The roof is gable-ended. Interior is open from the ground to the roof and the interior walls are plastered. The original 7-bay roof survives substantially intact and is made up side-pegged jointed cruck trusses with collars mortised, tenoned and pegged to the principals. The 3 sets of trenched purlins and ridge are mostly intact and several bays still contain curving windbraces from single sets between the lowest purlins. The cruck posts descend nearly to ground level and it is they that determine the bay arrangement of the open front. This rare example of a C16 barn forms part of a good group with Ayshford Court (q.v.) and its associated buildings.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV344049Report - non-specific: Clements, H. A.. Report on Buildings at Risk in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills. Devon County Council Report. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 20, 60, 108.
SDV351661Report - Survey: Humphreys, C. + Wapshott, E. + Green, T.. 2013. Barns at Higher Ayshford Farm, Burlescombe, Devon: Results of a Desk-Based Assessment and Historic Building Recording. Southwest Archaeology Report. 130128. A4 Bound + Digital. 31, 33, Fig. 22.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #98327 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV49777Migrated Record: KEYSTONE 1995.
SDV49778Report - Survey: Thorp, J.. 1995. The Collapsed Barn at Ayshford Court, Burlescombe, Devon. Keystone Historic Buildings Consultants. K393. A3 Comb Bound + Digital.
SDV49779Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV1457Related to: Ayshford Court, Burlescombe (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4580 - Buildings at Risk Survey
  • EDV6191 - Historic Building Recording of Barns at Higher Ayshford Farm (Ref: BAC12)

Date Last Edited:Jul 20 2021 12:45PM