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HER Number:MDV77500
Name:Crook Dairy Farmhouse, Combe Raleigh


Farmhouse of early 17th century or earlier date.


Grid Reference:ST 168 019
Map Sheet:ST10SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishCombe Raleigh
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCOMBE RALEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 87111

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Clements, H. A., Report on Buildings at Risk in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills, 23, 88, 94 (Report - non-specific). SDV344049.

17th century farmhouse.

Foster, K. + Skinner, R., 01/2016, A30 to A303 Honiton to Devonshire Inn Improvement Scheme, Honiton, Devon (Report - Assessment). SDV359378.

DBA undertaken along a corridor associated with the A30/A303 between Honiton and Devonshire Inn. This study is intended to inform the development of options for improvements to the A30/A303 between Honiton and Devonshire Inn.

Crooks Dairy Farmhouse is a 17th-century farmhouse with a core that is typical Blackdown Hills vernacular with a three room plan, rendered cob and chert rubble walls rebuilt in brick and a slate roof. It is likely that the farmhouse was partially rebuilt and reroofed in the 19th century. The farmhouse is set adjacent to a complex of modern farm buildings with contemporary shippons immediately adjacent that are Grade II Listed. It is situated on a private lane on the west side of the Otter Valley. The farmhouse has a prominent position overlooking fields of pasture in the Otter Valley including part of the Site (Plate 31).

The house derives its significance from its evidential (architectural value), its aesthetic value as a typical Blackdown Hills cottage and from its historical value as a surviving feature of the post-medieval landscape. The farmhouse’s immediate setting of farm buildings is its most important, the buildings having a functional link with the house.

The wider setting of fields around the farm is also important as it represents the farmhouse’s original, historic setting with a close functional link to the working of the farm. The tranquil, rural character of this part of the valley reflects the house’s original historic setting. The busy A30 is visible on the far side of the valley but is largely screened from it by buildings and hedgerows.

Any scheme that affects the fields to the east of Crooks Dairy within its Otter Valley setting would be considered to be within the farmhouse’s setting and would be likely to impact upon its significance. Such an impact may be reduced through the implementation of careful, sensitive design.

Clements, H. A., 1994, Survey of Farmsteads in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills, Plan and photo (Report - Survey). SDV344050.

17th century farmhouse. Considered to be a building at risk.

Devon County Council, 1997-2002, Buildings at Risk Survey in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills AONB (Un-published). SDV344048.

Since the 1994 Buildings at Risk survey the roof has been covered with slates, a lean-to extension on the front elevation has been removed and new windows have been inserted. However, the works now appear to have ceased and the building appears unoccupied. Risk level 3, poor condition. Other details: Photo.

Mason, N., 1998, Blackdown Hills Listed Building Survey: Crooks Dairy Farm, Combe Raleigh (Correspondence). SDV347445.

Correspondence concerning possible eligibility for grant aid to repair buildings considered to be at risk.

Devon and Somerset County Councils, 2000-2002, Historic Farmsteads Database, BH100H (Machine readable data file). SDV349681.

No information supplied.

English Heritage, 2010, Historic Houses Register (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV154869.

Crooks Dairy Farmhouse. Disused at time of survey. Early 17th century or earlier. Whitewashed and rendered, probably cob and stone rubble, right gable end wall rebuilt in brick. Slate roof, gabled at ends; axial stack and left end stack.
Plan: 3 room and through passage plan, heated lower end to the right, hall stack backing on to passage. Later outshut at right end. Details of plan unclear as interior not inspected.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window front with a 19th or 20th century plank front door to the passage to left of centre. 4 ground floor and 2 first floor windows, all 20th century casements or fixed windows.
Interior: no access at time of survey (1988) but exposed carpentry survives at both ends of the house and the inner room may be jettied into the hall. Other features of interest, including an early roof structure, may survive. Group value with 2 ranges of shippons at rear. Date listed: 27th January 1989.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV154869List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2010. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #104453 ]
SDV344048Un-published: Devon County Council. 1997-2002. Buildings at Risk Survey in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills AONB. Buildings at Risk Survey in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills AONB. Mixed Archive Material + Digital.
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. 23, 88, 94.
SDV344050Report - Survey: Clements, H. A.. 1994. Survey of Farmsteads in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. Plan and photo.
SDV347445Correspondence: Mason, N.. 1998. Blackdown Hills Listed Building Survey: Crooks Dairy Farm, Combe Raleigh. Letters + Notes. A4 Stapled.
SDV349681Machine readable data file: Devon and Somerset County Councils. 2000-2002. Historic Farmsteads Database. BH100H.
SDV359378Report - Assessment: Foster, K. + Skinner, R.. 01/2016. A30 to A303 Honiton to Devonshire Inn Improvement Scheme, Honiton, Devon. Wessex Archaeology. 111160.01. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV77501Parent of: Shippons at Crook Dairy, Combe Raleigh (Building)
MDV77499Part of: Crook Dairy, Combe Raleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4580 - Buildings at Risk Survey
  • EDV4654 - Buildings at Risk Re-Survey
  • EDV4655 - Survey of Farmsteads in the Blackdown Hills

Date Last Edited:Mar 9 2017 3:01PM