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HER Number:MDV82073
Name:Cider House, Mohun's Ottery Farm


A building originally constructed as a kitchen for the 16th century manor house, which later became a cider house, pig sty and riding stables.


Grid Reference:ST 189 055
Map Sheet:ST10NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLuppitt
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLUPPITT

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIDER HOUSE (Unknown date)
  • PIGSTY (Unknown date)
  • STABLE (Unknown date)
  • KITCHEN (XVI to XIX - 1550 AD to 1868 AD (Between))

Full description

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.

A cluster of Listed Buildings and structures exists at Mohun’s Ottery and due to their close proximity are considered together. Mohun’s Ottery is a large farmhouse on the site of a medieval manor. The oldest part of the complex is the gatehouse which dates from the 16th century having been built by Sir Peter Carew and has separate Listing. The farmhouse and ciderhouse date from 1868 when the entire building was rebuilt following a fire. The farmhouse has a u-shaped plan and is in a Tudor Gothic style. It utilises local building methods being constructed with chert rubble with Beerstone ashlar details and contains some elements salvaged from the former 16th century house.

The farmhouse is set within a complex of farm buildings and gardens on a private lane in a prominent position on the west slopes of the Otter Valley (Plates 29 & 30). Included within this complex is the Grade II Listed cider-house which is built in chert rubble and dates mostly from the 19th century although it is partial re-built of the 16th-century manor. Beyond the farm buildings the farm’s setting comprises agricultural fields of pasture on slopes to the west of the River Otter.

The house derives its significance from its evidential (architectural value), its aesthetic value as an attractive high status farmhouse with decorative medieval elements (such as the gatehouse) and from its historical value as a surviving feature of the late-medieval landscape with links to notable local families. The farmhouse’s immediate setting amongst its gardens and farm buildings is its most important, the building having a functional link with the house and the gardens representing a secluded, intimate space from which to experience the house. The 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 house has a prominent position in the Otter Valley overlooking parts of Monkton and Rawridge manors both of which have tenurial connections to the house’s historic occupants. As such the house’s wider setting encompasses a broad swath of the valley. The tranquil, rural character of this part of the valley reflects the house’s original historic setting and a number of vantage points from which the house can be viewed are located within it (Plate 30). The busy A30 passes the farm to the east and south-east but is largely screened from it by woodland, buildings and hedgerows. As such the house is unaffected by the road’s associated noise.

The ciderhouse is a part of the group of buildings intimately linked to the farm and has a very similar setting to the farmhouse with its functional associations with other farm buildings and the surrounding agricultural landscape being most important.

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

A scheme focussed on the existing A30 or development elsewhere within the Site would be unlikely to have any effect on the setting of Mohun’s Ottery. The Grade II* Listed gatehouse has a limited setting focussed on the farm complex that surrounds it and would be unaffected by development within the Site.

Devon and Somerset County Councils, 2000-2002, Historic Farmsteads Database, BH040.1 (Machine readable data file). SDV349681.

Ciderhouse. Originally for domestic use. Later a cider house; Pig sty; Riding horse stables. Built as kitchen for 16th century manor house. Later used as lofted cider house with stabling at east end. More recently, the east end was used as pigsties. Rubble stone, limestone ashlar dressed walls. The limestone quoins are reused. Slate roof. A-frame. 7 bays with 19th century replacement roof of bolted A -frames with mortice and tenoned apexes. Staggered butt purlins and tusk tenons. Ridgeboard. Door/s; Timber window/s. Regular three window elevation to rear, under timber lintels. Drain hole at east end. Doorway, opposite front doorway, in west end. To front, a doorway to west with doorway above, which was originally a smaller loft hatch. Ground floor doorway and window to east end. All windows and doors are C2000 replacements in Victorian style. Hayloft. Internally, divided into two rooms. Massive kitchen fireplace in west room, which is full width. Constructed from stone ashlar with moulded head and a relieving arch above. The dividing wall and the east end wall is lined with early brick, probably 16thcentury. Plain, timber stairs to loft. Loft floor supported on plain crossbeam and upended joists onto timber laces in crosswall. The crossbeam to the east room is chamfered with runout stops. A good, possibly 18th century plank door between lofts, on strap hinges with teardrop finials. Currently being converted for residential use.

Thorpe, J., 2002, Mohun's Ottery Farm, BH040015 (Ground Photograph). SDV351381.

Thorp, J., 2002, Mohun's Ottery Farm, BH040021-BH040022 (Un-published). SDV351382.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349681Machine readable data file: Devon and Somerset County Councils. 2000-2002. Historic Farmsteads Database. BH040.1.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108199 ]
SDV351381Ground Photograph: Thorpe, J.. 2002. Mohun's Ottery Farm. Blackdown Hills Historic Farmstead Survey. Digital. BH040015.
SDV351382Un-published: Thorp, J.. 2002. Mohun's Ottery Farm. Blackdown Hills Historic Farmstead Survey. Digital. BH040021-BH040022.
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

MDV104105Part of: Mohun's Ottery Farm (Monument)
MDV104302Related to: Cattle Shed and Wagonway, Mohun's Ottery Farm (Building)
MDV104300Related to: Cattle Shed, Mohun's Ottery Farm (Building)
MDV11505Related to: Mohun's Ottery Farmhouse, Mohun's Ottery Farm (Building)
MDV82069Related to: Mohun's Ottery Gatehouse and adjoining Garden Walls, Mohun's Ottery Farm (Building)
MDV104110Related to: Open-Fronted Cattle Shed, Mohun's Ottery Farm (Building)
MDV104298Related to: Open-Fronted Cattle Shed, Mohun's Ottery Farm, Luppitt (Building)
MDV104295Related to: Pigsties, Mohun's Ottery Farm (Building)
MDV104111Related to: Shippon, Mohun's Ottery Farm (Building)
MDV82072Related to: Shippon, Mohun's Ottery Farm (Building)
MDV104289Related to: Threshing Barn, Mohun's Ottery Farm (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 10 2020 12:57PM