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HER Number:MDV83380
Name:Mortimer's Farmhouse, Mortimers Farm


Probably an early 16th century farmhouse, with later alterations and additions.


Grid Reference:ST 085 093
Map Sheet:ST00NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKentisbeare
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishKENTISBEARE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (XVI - 1501 AD to 1550 AD (Between))

Full description

Unattributed, Mortimers Farm (Un-published). SDV351881.

Unattributed, Mortimers Farm, BH132001 (Ground Photograph). SDV351880.

Devon and Somerset County Councils, 2000-2002, Historic Farmsteads Database, BH132H (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.

Mortimer's Farmhouse.

Farmhouse. Probably early 16th century, with later alterations and additions. Mainly roughcast cob on stone footings; the higher end extension of random rubble, all under concrete pantile roof, gable end to right, hipped to left.

Plan: originally a conventional 3 room, through-passage plan house, the higher end to the right of the passage (n.b. the front faces away from the farmyard). This was open to the roof, which is of jointed cruck construction, the timbers smoke- blackened throughout. The unusual feature of the house is the presence of a 4th room, probably added later, at the higher end, which also has a heavily smoke- blackened room; first floors and stacks were inserted probably in the late 16th century or 17th century. Axial (formerly end) stack heats service end; axial stack backing onto passage heats hall; axial (formerly end) stack heats inner room, all stacks with brick shafts. Winder stairs to rear of hall. A former dairy and associated service rooms, probably 19th century, form a cross wing at the lower end; this has been converted into living accommodation (late 20th century). 2 storeys.

Exterior: Front: 3 window range, 2-light casement windows to first floor; ground floor casement windows, of 2-lights to service end and inner room, 3 lights to hall, all 20th century, timber, with glazing bars. Porch to passage, gabled end and pantiled. Rear with later outshut. The converted dairy wing has been heightened; 20th century fenestration throughout. Interior: service end with chamfered axial beam, with runout (or eroded) stops; housings for wattles indicate a partition at this point, now removed. Hall with 2 and 2 half axial ceiling beams, chamfered with pyramid stops; remains of a plank and muntin screen between hall and inner room, partly dismantled and mostly covered over. Fireplace with Beer stone jambs. Inner room with 2 and 3 half axial ceiling beams, one with scroll stops, the other stops eroded. Deeply chamfered and unstopped cross ceiling beam to higher end extension.

Roof: 3 jointed crucks survive; hall and inner room were each of one bay, higher end extension of 2. The original length of service end is not known; the truss dividing it from the hall is sooted on both sides, and the ridge piece is further supported by 2 sooted uprights; the truss between hall and inner room is smoke- blackened to both sides, and was closed at some point, the plaster and wattle partition sooted to hall side only. Crucks with cranked collars, the apex fixed by a yoke, with diagonal ridge piece; some blackened rafters survive; 2 sets of purlins.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349681Machine readable data file: Devon and Somerset County Councils. 2000-2002. Historic Farmsteads Database. BH132H.
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: #108378 ]
SDV351880Ground Photograph: Unattributed. Mortimers Farm. Blackdown Hills Survey. Digital. BH132001.
SDV351881Un-published: Unattributed. Mortimers Farm. Blackdown Hills Historic Farmstead Survey. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV104706Part of: Mortimers Farm (Monument)
MDV83384Related to: Barn, Mortimers Farm (Building)
MDV104707Related to: Stable, Mortimers Farm (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 13 2013 1:38PM