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HER Number:MDV74261
Name:The Old Colony, Broadhembury


The Old Colony to the east of the parish church in Broadhembury was built in the 16th or 17th century with later alterations


Grid Reference:ST 102 047
Map Sheet:ST10SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBroadhembury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBROADHEMBURY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 87050

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Built, XVI to XVII - 1501 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Glanville's Farm' is shown on the 19th century map as a group of buildings around an irregular shaped yard between the graveyard of the parish church and the road in Broadhembury.

Beacham, P., 1980s, Broadhembury and Gittisham Project, 9/2, Neg No. 564/3A, 4A (Un-published). SDV348235.

Site visit 1983. Thatch in quite good condition.

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

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

The Old Colony formerly called Glanvill's Farmhouse. Former farmhouse. Late C16/early C17, late C20 renovations. Whitewashed rendered cob and stone rubble; thatched roof with a plain ridge, hipped at left end, gabled at right end; axial stack with a brick shaft, right end stack (shaft dismantled), stack to the rear wing. Plan: 3 room and through passage plan, unheated lower end to the left (west), hall stack backing on to the passage and a formerly heated inner room. A series of outshuts off the rear (north) wall provide a small buttery off the hall and service rooms. Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3 window south front, facing the former yard, with a C20 front door to the passage to left of centre. To the right of the door 2 ground floor windows retain late C16 or C17 moulded timber frames with C20 glazing, other windows 2- and 3-light C20 timber casements with glazing bars. The rear (north) elevation, facing the road, has a C19 or C20 plank rear door to the passage below a slated pentice and 1 first floor 2-light and 1 ground floor 3-light C20 timberd casement with glazing bars. To the left, a series of outshuts with catslide roofs. Interior: The hall has a good open fireplace with chamfered Beerstone jambs a chamfered timber lintel with mason's mitres and a bread oven. On the rear (north) wall a good ovolo-moulded doorframe leads into the buttery outshut and, adjacent to this, a C17 fitted dresser with 2 sets of cupboards and turned balusters survives in the thickness of the wall. The hall/inner room partition has largely been removed, the remains are oak studs formerly with a wattle infill with a blocked ovolo-moulded doorframe. Only the chamfered timber lintel of the inner room fireplace survives. Roof: One side-pegged jointed cruck truss survives, the apex is not smoke-blackened. At the east end of an outstanding village characterized by cob and thatch.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV348235Un-published: Beacham, P.. 1980s. Broadhembury and Gittisham Project. Devon County Council Conservation Section Collection. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 9/2, Neg No. 564/3A, 4A.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #101526 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV74259Related to: Penywain Cottage, Broadhembury (Building)
MDV74260Related to: Vicarage Cottage, Broadhembury (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5626 - Broadhembury and Gittisham Thatch Survey

Date Last Edited:Apr 4 2014 4:32PM