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HER Number:MDV82260
Name:Woodhead Farmhouse, Branscombe


Farmhouse probably dating to the 16th and 17th century which was partly rebuilt in the late 19th century. Adjoining the house is a cider house, probably also of 19th century date.


Grid Reference:SY 204 901
Map Sheet:SY29SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBranscombe
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRANSCOMBE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Built, XVI to XIX - 1501 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Butters, F. C., 1980, Branscombe and the Parish and the Church, 12 (Pamphlet). SDV363022.

The name Woodhead derives from Lucas Attawode (at the wood) recorded in 1307.

Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Woodhead marked.

Historic England, 2019, National Heritage List for England, 1333292 (National Heritage List for England). SDV362730.

Woodhead farmhouse including cider house adjoining to east. Farmhouse. Probably C16 and C17, refurbished and partly rebuilt in the late C19. The older part is exposed local stone and flint rubble, the C19 part is stone rubble with brick dressing and plastered on the front; stone rubble stacks, one with a Beerstone ashlar chimneyshaft, and both are topped with C20 brick; thatch roof to the old part, slate to the C19 wing and corrugated iron to the outshots. Plan and development: originally this was a 3-room-and-through-passage plan house facing south. The inner room at the right (east) end has a gable-end stack. The hall has a projecting front lateral stack. In the late C19 the passage and service end were rebuilt or incorporated into a 2-room plan crosswing which projects forward from the left (west) end and includes the present main stair. Since most of the carpentry detail is hidden by late C19 plaster and the roofspace is inaccessible it is not possible to determine the early structural history of the house. Nevertheless it seems likely that it is some form of C16 open hall house. It is now 2 storeys with secondary outshots across the back. Exterior: irregular 2:2-window front of circa 1980 aluminium-framed casements without glazing bars. However the hall window (right of the stack) has a late C16- early C17 Beerstone ashlar frame, ovolo-moulded and missing its mullion, and has a hoodmould. The front doorway is now on the inside of the crosswing. The main block roof is gable-ended to right and hipped to left. The crosswing roof is half-hipped. Interior is largely the result of the late C19 modernisation. The only carpentry exposed is the plain oak lintel of the hall fireplace. The roof trusses are boxed into the first floor partitions and the roofspace is inaccessible. Nevertheless C16 or C17 carpentry and other detail probably survives behind later plaster. A cider house is built forward from the main block joining it on the left (east) front corner. The west end includes a doorway and shuttered loft window. On the east end a flight of exterior stairs lead up to the apple loft. The roof is hipped each end. It is probably a C19 building and the interior contains plain carpentry detail.
Date first listed: 8th March 1988

Sources / Further Reading

SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV362730National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2019. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1333292.
SDV363022Pamphlet: Butters, F. C.. 1980. Branscombe and the Parish and the Church. Paperback Volume. 12.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 7 2019 2:29PM