MSO10700 - Nos 1 and 2, Hillside, Allerford (Building)


Now a cottage pair but formerly a farmhouse, probably an early 16th Century open hall house. The associated farmstead was named Stoddons and was arranged to the south of the house.

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Farmhouse, now 2 cottages. Probably early C16, ceiled late C16 and outshot added, lower end subsequently rebuilt and extended. Roughcast over random rubble and cob, thatched roof hipped to left, roughcast stacks right gable end, large lateral stack abutting porch and between first and second bays left marking end of original building. Plan: open hall house ceiled to 3 cell and cross passage, service end rebuilt and extended one bay left, 2-storey porch added. Two storeys, 3:1:1 bays; all C20 casements except for 2 leaded iron casements to left of full height hipped roof porch, gabled dormer inserted in full height projection right of stack, ground floor window left of flat-roofed C20 porch addition, two windows right under semicircular relieving arches, 4-light window in projection right of stack, 3-light beyond; square headed opening to porch reached by short flight of steps, small lancet openings on returns. Interior not seen, said to contain circular stair turret opening out of room to left of cross passage in corner at rear, plank and muntin screen to cross passage right, small room at rear of hall with step and runout stops to beams, probably dairy, later outshut beyond, remains of 2-bay jointed cruck truss roof with 2 collar beam trusses at lower end. (VAG Report, unpublished SRO, August 1979). [1] English Heritage Listed Building Number: 265481. First Listed on 02/01/1986. [2] Open hall. Earth, Render, roughcast and pebbledash walls. Cruck, Collar beam, Hipped, Gabled roof [3] The building was visited in May 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [4] The buildings are labelled "Hillside Cottages" on 2020 MasterMap data. [5] The buildings are mentioned in the 2004 Conservation Area Character Appraisal for Allerford. [6] The buildings were subject to a vernacular building survey by the National Trust in 1993. They were suggested to have begun as a 16th Century cross passage house with two storey porch over the original door. It has an unusual corner stair turret and small two storey wing at the back. The interior contains a plank and muntin screen, original partitions and two jointed cruck trusses. [7] Fifteenth century house with late 17th century or early 18th century alterations. [8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9] The buildings are mentioned in the 2017 Conservation Area Appraisal. [10] The house is shown on the Selworthy Tithe Map. It was the farmhouse for Stoddons Farm, which included a number of buildings to the south (no longer extant) and a group on the other side of the road, which were reorganised later in the 19th Century (the farm buildings are recorded as MEM25255). [11]

Sources/Archives (11)

  • <1> Index: 2/1/1986. Thirty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset)/Exmoor National Park.
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. CJ Webster, Historic Environment Record, 28 November 2005.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records.
  • <4> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <5>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #39033 ]
  • <6> Report: Fisher, J.. 2004. Allerford Conservation Area Character Appraisal. Exmoor National Park Authority.
  • <7> Report: Vile, C. and Richardson, I.. 1993. Vernacular Building Survey: 34 and 35 Allerford.
  • <8> Collection: Unknown. Unknown. Volume: Hillside, Selworthy.
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 524324, Updated 11 May 2022.
  • <10> Report: Pratt, N.. 2017. Allerford Conservation Area: Appraisal document. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 5, 27, Figure 26.
  • <11> Map: 1841. Selworthy Tithe Map and Apportionment. Land parcel 124.



Grid reference Centred SS 9058 4701 (16m by 25m)
Map sheet SS94NW

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1076/25/67
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW177
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NBR Index Number: 44338
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 524324
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31196

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Jul 21 2022 11:17AM


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