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HER Number:MDV75875
Name:Downhouse Farmhouse, Milton Abbot


Early 19th century farmouse of stone rubble, partly slate hung, partly colour-washed and rendered. Slate roof.


Grid Reference:SX 413 806
Map Sheet:SX48SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMilton Abbot
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMILTON ABBOT

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 92441

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Wade-Martins, S., 1999, Thematic Survey of Planned and Model Farms: Devon, 15 (Un-published). SDV17916.

Mid 19th century planned farm consisting of a courtyard with the house on the south side. Part of the Duke of Bedford's Estate.

English Heritage, 2009, List of Buildings of Architectural or Historic Interest (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV343181.

Dat Listed: 7th November 1985. Downhouse. Farmhouse. Early 19th century. Stone rubble, partly slate-hung, partly colourwashed and rendered. Slate roofs gabled at ends, brick stacks.
Plan: An unusual plan for the date with a 2 room and wide passage plan single depth main range, the partition to the
passage removed on one side with gable end stacks and a gabled front projection containing the stair. The main range is extended at either end by symmetrical l-bay wings under a slightly lower roof line the wings being heated at the outer gable ends. The wings appear to be contemporary with the main range. 2 storeys.
Exterior: Symmetrical 5-bay front, the wings slightly narrower than the 3-bay main range which is slate-hung to the first floor. Front door on left return of the gabled projection. Most of the 19th century fenestration remains intact: two 2-light casements 8-panes per light to ground floor left, on the right-hand side these have been replaced with a 4-pane horned sash and a 2-light casement, 4-panes per light under a segmental head. First floor window left is a 2-light sliding sash, 6-panes per light, other first floor windows 2-light casements 6-panes per light. The gabled projection has a 1-light 6-pane stair window. On the rear elevation facing the farmyard 1 casement window has been replaced by a 4-pane horned sash, otherwise all the19th century casements with glazing bars remain intact.
Interior: Contemporary early 19th century stair with stick balusters. An attractive small early 19th century farmhouse with an unusual plan. Other details: LBS 92441.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV17916Un-published: Wade-Martins, S.. 1999. Thematic Survey of Planned and Model Farms: Devon. Thematic Survey of Planned and Model Farms: Devon. A4 Stapled. 15.
SDV343181List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2009. List of Buildings of Architectural or Historic Interest. Historic Houses Register. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV61874Part of: Downhouse Farm, Milton Abbot (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2009 3:19PM