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HER Number:MDV74221
Name:Great Huxhill Farmhouse, Weare Gifford


Well preserved example of an early 17th century farmhouse, probably with medieval origins. Rendered cob and stone under a late 19th century slate roof. Dormer windows have the date C/W.S/1776. Interior retains many 17th century features.


Grid Reference:SS 494 234
Map Sheet:SS42SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWeare Giffard
Ecclesiastical ParishWEARE GIFFARD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 91521

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (XVII - 1601 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1960, Weare Giffard (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV323265.

Great Huxhill Farmhouse (formerly listed as Great Huxhill) Farmhouse. Early C17 with probable medieval origins. Dormer windows have date C/W.S/1776. Colourwashed render over cob and stone; gabled late C19 slate roof; rendered stone ridge stack, and rear lateral stack; lateral stack to left side wall of cross wing.
3-unit plan with ridge stack adjoining through passage, which has hall to left and service range with medieval cruck to right; cross-wing to left housed domestic chamber block. Front has 2-story gable end of cross wing to left of main range of one storey and attic; 4-window range. Fine C17 ribbed and panelled door with strap hinges to through passage, set in ovolo-moulded and hollow-chamfered architrave with urn stops. Early C17 ovolo-moulded wood-mullioned fenestration of 5-light window to
right, 4-light window to left with chamfered king mullion, 3 gabled dormers, one dated 1776, have late C19 two-light casements. Gabled front of cross wing to left has C17 ovolo-moulded wood-mullioned 4-light window above similar but larger 4-light window with chamfered king mullion. Rear gable of cross wing has C17 plank door set in ovolo-moulded frame; C17 ovolo-moulded wood- mullioned 3-light window in right gable end.
Interior: through-passage has C17 panelled door to cupboard under stairs, and C17 beaded plank door to hall on left. Hall has ovolo-moulded beam and wall beams with raised-tongue stops; C17 ribbed door to C17 straight-flight staircase with turned balusters to partition framing its side. Chamfered beams and C19 straight-flight stairs (in C17 position) to two rooms on right. Room over hall has C17 plank doors with original latches; C17 plank door to room over through-passage and central room, which has C17 two-panelled door with original lock to closet above front door. Similar C17 door next to closet enters 3 smaller rooms over right end of house: these rooms have C17 plank doors and part of late medieval raised cruck incorporated within central transverse partition. Cross wing to left: C17 plank doors with moulded ribs set in chamfered and ovolo-moulded frames; C17 quarter-turn stairs with winders. C17 roof not inspected but noted as being conventional A-frame type. Many important features (notably open fireplaces and partition walls) have been obscured but Great Huxhill Farmhouse is a remarkably well-preserved example of an early C17 farmhouse. Most of the farmbuildings have also survived. Other details: LBS No 91521.

Egeland, P. + Richardson, D. F. L., 1974 - 1975, Development Control Consultations (Un-published). SDV346579.

Photographs of doorway and chimneys.

Unknown, 1976 - 1984, Development Control Consultations (Un-published). SDV346248.

Other details: Photo.

Laithwaite, M., 1989, Devon Farmsteads. A Preliminary Survey (Report - Survey). SDV339847.

Farmhouse, on west side of yard at Great Huxhill.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323265List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1960. Weare Giffard. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV339847Report - Survey: Laithwaite, M.. 1989. Devon Farmsteads. A Preliminary Survey. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV346248Un-published: Unknown. 1976 - 1984. Development Control Consultations. Devon County Council Conservation Section Collection. A4 Unbound.
SDV346579Un-published: Egeland, P. + Richardson, D. F. L.. 1974 - 1975. Development Control Consultations. Devon County Council Conservation Section Collection. Mixed Archive Material.

Associated Monuments

MDV18926Part of: Great Huxhill, Weare Gifford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4341 - Survey of Devon Farmsteads

Date Last Edited:Feb 17 2011 2:50PM