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HER Number:MDV82603
Name:Lower Wick Farmhouse, Luppitt


A late 15th century - early 16th century farmhouse with later alterations.


Grid Reference:ST 171 038
Map Sheet:ST10SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLuppitt
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLUPPITT

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (XV to XIX - 1450 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Unknown, Lower Wick Farm, BH038002 (Ground Photograph). SDV351372.

Unknown, Lower Wick Farm, BH038009, BH038021-BH038022 (Un-published). SDV351373.

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

The building is shown.

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

Devon and Somerset County Councils, 2000-2002, Historic Farmsteads Database, BH038H (Machine readable data file). SDV349681.

No information supplied.

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

English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

Lower Wick Farmhouse (formerly listed as Moorswick)

Late 15th century - early 16th century with major later 16th century and 17th century improvements, 19th century extensions. Local stone and flint rubble, some of it facing cob; the hall stack is stone rubble with a stone rubble chimneyshaft, the others are 19th century and 20th century and brick; thatch roof. Plan and development: 4-room-and-through-passage plan house facing south-east and built down the hillslope. Uphill at the right (north-east) end is the former inner room dairy or buttery. It is terraced into the hillslope and its gable-end stack is a 20th century insertion. Next to the inner room is the hall with an axial stack backing onto the passage and there is newel stairs rising behind it against the rear wall. The passage rear doorway is now blocked. Below the passage there are 2 unheated service rooms but the end (south-western) one is a 19th century extension. 19th century kitchen outshot to rear of the first service room and it has a lower end stack. The smoke- blackened roof proves that the original house was open to the roof from end to end; it was heated by an open hearth fire and was divided by low partition screens. In the early to mid-16th century, a first floor chamber was built over the inner room dairy/buttery. Next, in the mid or late 16th century the hall stack was inserted. There was probably some lower end or passage chamber built at the same time. However the passage and service end were rebuilt and enlarged in the mid-17th century; this section is slightly wider than the rest. The hall was also floored over in the mid-17th century. The kitchen was added in the 19th century with the extra service room. Before that the hall was the only heated room. Main house is 2 storeys. Exterior: irregular 5-window front of 20th century casements most with a diamond lead effect. The passage front doorway is roughly central and it contains a 20th century part- glazed door behind a contemporary slate-roofed porch. Another doorway with similar porch at the left end. Above the hall stack oven housing there is Westminster Insurance Plaque dated 1727. The roof is gable-ended to right and hipped to left. Interior: the passage lower screen has narrow close-set studs and the crossbeam in the service end room is chamfered with exaggerated scroll stops (there is a similar axial beam in the hall). All these features are mid-17th century. The hall fireplace is Beerstone ashlar with an oak lintel and chamfered surround with the remains of pyramid stops. At the upper end of the hall is a large framed partition which may originally have been a low partition screen. It contains a blocked doorway which once had some kind of shaped head. The first floor partition above is secondary. In the inner room there is a chamfered and step-stopped axial beam. The roof over the passage, hall and inner room is carried on side-pegged jointed cruck trusses and all the timbers are sooted from the original open hearth fire. The first floor partition over the upper end of the hall is smoke-blackened on the hall side only. Lower Wick Farmhouse forms a group with its farm buildings which are ranged around a cobbled farmyard. It also forms a group with other listed houses in the hamlet of Wick.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV344050Report - Survey: Clements, H. A.. 1994. Survey of Farmsteads in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. Plan and photo.
SDV349681Machine readable data file: Devon and Somerset County Councils. 2000-2002. Historic Farmsteads Database. BH038H.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108279 ]
SDV351372Ground Photograph: Unknown. Lower Wick Farm. Blackdown Hills Historic Farmstead Survey. Digital. BH038002.
SDV351373Un-published: Unknown. Lower Wick Farm. Blackdown Hills Historic Farmstead Survey. Digital. BH038009, BH038021-BH038022.

Associated Monuments

MDV80233Part of: Lower Wick Farm, Luppitt (Monument)
MDV104099Related to: Agricultural Building, Lower Wick Farm, Luppitt (Building)
MDV104094Related to: Barn, Lower Wick Farm, Luppitt (Building)
MDV104097Related to: Cowhouse, Lower Wick Farm, Luppitt (Building)
MDV82604Related to: Cuckoo Cottage, Lower Wick Farm, Luppitt (Building)
MDV82600Related to: Stables, Lower Wick Farm, Luppitt (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4655 - Survey of Farmsteads in the Blackdown Hills

Date Last Edited:Apr 16 2015 2:47PM