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HER Number:MDV84166
Name:Barn at Pitt Farm, Mamhead


Threshing barn, the upper end of which originally formed part of a late medieval house. Principally of cob and stone with a corrugated iron roof, probably originally thatched.


Grid Reference:SX 939 796
Map Sheet:SX97NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMamhead
Ecclesiastical ParishMAMHEAD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • THRESHING BARN (XV to XXI - 1401 AD to 2009 AD)

Full description

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

Depicted on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map with a horse engine house on the east side which has now gone.

Child, P., 1998, Countryside Stewardship. Pitt Farm, Mamhead (Correspondence). SDV349302.

Surviving smoke-blackened jointed cruck trusses suggest that the upper end of the barn originally formed part of a late medieval house. Whether or not this is the case, the building was altered, presumably in the 18th century to form a conventional Devon threshing barn with central opposing double doors. Otherwise the building is largely devoid of openings and internal divisions. Mainly of cob, although a section on the south-west side has been repaired in brick, with a corrugated iron roof, probably originally thatched. The barn forms an attractive group with the adjacent farmhouse and the linhay range on the south-east side of the yard. Recommended for grant aid under the Countryside Stewardship scheme. Concerns expressed over the possible exent of structural repairs and suggested that the roof be reclad with corrugated iron.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

Barn about 5 metres east of Pitt Farmhouse. Barn, possibly originally a house. Probably a late medieval house, later used as a barn. Cob on stone rubble footings, one wall partly r,ebuilt in brick ; corrugated iron roof, probably originally thatched.
Plan: Rectangular on plan with 2 different roof structures : a 2-bay jointed cruck roof at the north end and a later, probably 18th century roof at the south end with 4 trusses. The 2 northernmost bays have sooted timbers suggesting 2 possibilities : either an accidental fire which seems less likely given the nature and extent of the smoke- blackening, or a medieval open hall house.
Exterior: Plain elevations with opposed threshing doors and a later doorway in the left gable end.
Interior: The jointed cruck truss is side-pegged with threaded purlins and a mortised collar, the cruck feet decending to the stone plinth. The 4 later trusses are collar rafter and pegged. Group value with Pitt Farmhouse. Date listed: 2nd December 1988.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV349302Correspondence: Child, P.. 1998. Countryside Stewardship. Pitt Farm, Mamhead. Letter to Farming and Rural Conservation Agency. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV84168Part of: PITT FARM (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 23 2012 4:22PM