MSO10716 - Lower House, Bossington (Building)


Probably a former farmhouse dating from the 16th-17th Century, altered and extended in the late 19th Century, when most of the farm buildings were added.

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Cottage with attached farmbuildings, now one dwelling. C16-C17 altered late C19. Roughcast over rubble, thatched roof hipped west end, double Roman tiled independently roofed east wing half hipped, external stack south-east gable end, stone stack north gable end. Plan: L-plan cottage with 2 cell south front, entrance east front with agricultural east wing addition. One and a half storeys, mostly C20 casements, east front to left gable end with external stack, two dormers right, agricultural building abutting ground floor: inserted window to right of stack, segmental headed leaded 2-light casement right of diagonally boarded double doors: re-entrant angle of wing lit ground floor only, 2-light leaded casement left, other 3 C19 leaded iron casements, garage doors gable end with 2-light C20 window above, south front wall to left hand bay set back, below hip of roof: 2 dormers, thatched roof canted bay with 3-light casement and to left half-glazed double doors. Interior not seen. [1] English Heritage Listed Building Number: 265497. First Listed on 22/05/1969. [2] L-plan. Stone, Render, roughcast and pebbledash walls. Hipped roof [3] The building was mentioned in the 2003 Conservation Area appraisal for Bossington and West Lynch, which stated "Also at this north-western edge of Bossington is Lower House, probably a former farmhouse originally dating from the 16-17th centuries, and altered and extended in the late 19th century, when most of the farm outbuildings were added. The current L-plan probably derives from the original two-cell SW front with an adapted former agricultural NW wing addition. Windows are mainly 19th century leaded light casements, and there is a diagonally boarded double-door entrance." [4] The building was visited in March 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <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> Unassigned: Webster CJ, Historic Environment Record. 2005. Staff Comments, Somerset County Council.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Fisher, J.. 2003. Bossington & West Lynch Conservation Area Character Appraisal. p11.
  • <5> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.



Grid reference Centred SS 896 480 (20m by 25m) (MasterMap)
Map sheet SS84NE

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1076/3/83
  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 2 fluvial
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA138165
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31212

Record last edited

Jan 29 2021 3:43PM


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