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HER Number:MDV999
Name:Swimbridge, Kerscott


Probably early 16th century. Remodelled in late 16th century, and again in 17th century when it was extended.


Grid Reference:SS 632 294
Map Sheet:SS62NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSwimbridge
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSWIMBRIDGE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS62NW/6
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (XIII to Post Medieval - 1201 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 352 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Karscot is documented in 1281.

French, K. + French, C., 1957, Devonshire Plasterwork, 126, 130 (Article in Serial). SDV4676.

West Kerscott, house. Plasterwork of very early period (1560-1570) characterised by handrun single ribs. Simple geometric patterns. Also has ceilings dating from the second period (1600-1650). These have enriched ribs. Other details: Pl 11b.

Alcock, N. W., 1981, Cruck Construction: An Introduction and Catalogue, 113 (Report - non-specific). SDV342504.

Short curved feet cruck recorded .

Department of Environment, 1986, Swimbridge, 113 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV85764.

Kerscott farmhouse, now private dwelling. Probably early 16th century remodelled in late 16th century and again in 17th century when it was extended. Restored 1970s. Partially rendered stone rubble and cob. Asbestos slate roof, hipped at right end. Tall rendered lateral hall stack to front and two stacks to rear that to left side is rendered, that to right side truncated. Three room formerly open hall house. Remodelled in 17th century. Two storeys. Five window range. Interior contains some fine interior features, ie 17th century dado panelling, a 17th century ovolo-moulded door surround to rear of halls with scroll-stopped durns, chamfered muntins, a fine late 16th century ornamental plaster ceiling, roof structural features. See DoE list for full details.

Child, P. C., 1989, Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV85765.

Drawings and plans of Kerscott House in parish file..

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 352.
SDV342504Report - non-specific: Alcock, N. W.. 1981. Cruck Construction: An Introduction and Catalogue. Council for British Archaeology Research Report. 42. Photocopy. 113.
SDV4676Article in Serial: French, K. + French, C.. 1957. Devonshire Plasterwork. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 89. A5 Hardback. 126, 130.
SDV85764List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Swimbridge. Historic Houses Register. 113.
SDV85765Worksheet: Child, P. C.. 1989. Drawings + Plans.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 3 2006 12:34PM