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Kentisbury Barton

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Kentisbury.
In the historic county of Devonshire.
Modern Authority of Devon.
1974 county of Devon.
Medieval County of Devon.

OS Map Grid Reference: SS62224385
Latitude 51.17724° Longitude -3.97238°

Kentisbury Barton has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


A house, probably of late 15th or early 16th century origin, remodelled in 1672. The original plan probably comprised an open hall with a storeyed cross wing at its lower end. The hall was later floored over, possibly in 1672, and the cross wing was almost completely rebuilt in the 19th century. Two service ranges were built to the rear of the house at the same time and the hall was divided to form two rooms. During the 20th century the house was divided into two residences, with the original cross passage converted into an entrance lobby. The house is two storeyed and built of stone rubble with a slate roof. The south front has a tall projecting stone chimneystack. A licence to crenellate a manor house at this site was granted in 1457 to a John Wolf: the surviving structure may contain masonry dating to that period. (PastScape)

A farmhouse which is remains of an ancient manor house with date tablet AR/1672 a mantlepiece of 14C was recently removed from its original position in the house. Owned by Devon County Council and occupied as two dwellings. North wall is modern. South wall has the datestone, a three-light mullioned window and wide external chimney-breasting in its eastern half which portion is probably more recent than the east wall, the west wall and the remains of the south wall (OS Archaeology Division report).
A licence to crenellate was granted in 1457 (Higham 1979)
Barton farmhouse, now divided into two occupations. Probably late 15C or early 16C origins, remodelled - 1672 (datestone), extended and refenestrated in 19C, with 20C alterations. Unrendered stone rubble. Original plan obscured by later additions. (Listed Building Report).
Kentisbury Barton remains of 14C manor house. Three light mullioned window and a date stone 1674 (Pevsner).
Lands and dwelling held by Wolfe family from beginning of King Henry IIIs reign until reign of Henry VII (Risdon). (Exmoor HER)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1457 Dec 7 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

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