Source/Archive record SEM8350 - West Somerset District. Porlock. Doverhay Farm.

Type Report
Title West Somerset District. Porlock. Doverhay Farm.
Date/Year 1984
Somerset Vernacular Building Research Group report


The building was subject to survey in November 1984. It is rubble built, with the currently tiled roof originally having been thatched. The front doorframe has a four centred head and there is a lateral chimney stack on the front elevation, with a small window on the door side. The house was of three room plan with cross passage, with the house aligned with the slope and the highest room at the eastern end. This is the house's inner room but it appears to have been largely rebuilt. The central hall has the front chimney fireplace that appears to have once contained an oven. A bench has an oak seat back that is scratch moulded and decorated, with a series of drilled depressions and shallow cuts below forming a zig zag pattern (the seat had been replaced). It was suggested the bench was of 17th Century date. Within the cross passage, the partition with the hall can be seen to be constructed in wide studs and panels set into a chamfered head beam. The third room had been partitioned but features two half and one full beam, with chamfers and step and runout stops. A fireplace has a brick lined oven adjacent and there is also a stair turret from this room, although this appears to have been an addition. The roof structure had been replaced. An agricultural building adjoins at the western end, on a slightly differing alignment.

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  • Higher Doverhay Farmhouse, Doverhay, Porlock (Building)

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Sep 25 2018 12:07PM