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HER Number:MDV95344
Name:Threshing Barn at West Mill Farm, Bishops Nympton


18th century threshing barn with 19th century horse engine house. Of cob and stone with a slate roof.


Grid Reference:SS 740 250
Map Sheet:SS72NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBishop's Nympton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBISHOPS NYMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • THRESHING BARN (XVIII to XIX - 1701 AD to 1900 AD)

Full description

Child, P., 1998, Countryside Stewardship. Barn at West Mill Farm House, Bishops Nympton (Correspondence). SDV349299.

Site visit to a barn at West Mill Farm. The building comprises three sections. The larger part forms a typical Devon corn barn with central opposing double doors on either side of the original threshing floor. The roof trusses in this section look to be early 19th centuryin date. The northern section consists of a granary over an animal house. The granary contains the remains of corn bins and the floor rests on beams reused from a house and dated to the 17th century or earlier. To the rear of the barn is a large horse engine house added in the mid-late 19th century. The latter is in better condition than the barn and granary are currently in a poor state of repair. Neverthless they are a good example of a traditional Devon barn and round house. Recommended for Countryside Stewardship grant assistance for repair.

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

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

Threshing barn and horse engine house about 10 metres east of West Mill Farmhouse. Barn probably18th century, horse engine house late 19th century. Barn cob on stone rubble footings with a bitumen-painted slate roof, gabled at ends. Stone rubble horse engine house in use as bullock shed.
Plan: Rectangular on plan with the horse engine house attached to the back. The barn is parallel to and facing the farmhouse across a narrow yard.
Exterior: The barn has a large pair of threshing doors in the centre with a timber lintel and a raised timber threshing floor. Smaller door to the right, loft door to first floor left.
Interior: Barn not inspected. The horse engine house retains its engine beam. Group value with West Mill Farmhouse. Date listed: 18th October 1988.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV349299Correspondence: Child, P.. 1998. Countryside Stewardship. Barn at West Mill Farm House, Bishops Nympton. Letter to Farming and Rural Conservation Agency. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV102071Parent of: Horse Engine House at West Mill Farm, Bishops Nympton (Building)
MDV97350Related to: West Mill Farmhouse, Bishops Nympton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 26 2018 4:02PM