LOWTON

Listed GRADE II* by English Heritage (ID no. 85025) as ‘Farmhouse. Early-mid C16 with late C16/early C17 and C18 alterations... Originally hall and inner room were open to the roof with central hearth in hall. Lower room always had chamber above. In the late C16/early C17 this room evidently had high status from the decorative plaster ceiling it was given. Also at this stage inner room and hall ceiled... Over the lower end in the roof space is a moulded plaster ceiling inserted over the lower room chamber, which has had another ceiling inserted beneath it so is now completely concealed from the rest of the house. The plaster ceiling has a central geometrical design of moulded ribs, a moulded cornice and moulded edges to the plastered trusses. This ceiling is particularly unusual for a farmhouse on the Dartmoor fringes and is in a fairly good state of preservation. The importance of this house lies not only in the survival of unusual and good quality features such as the plaster ceiling and the screens passage but also the unusual plan and development variation on the typical 3-room- and-through-passage layout. Included in the Courtenay Survey (circa 1790) where the Rev’d William Davy is said to occupy the house and 56 acres. The nearby ash house is also listed by English Heritage (ID no. 85026) as 18th century.

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