Wooleigh Barton

Wooleigh Barton

Wooleigh (or 'Ullegh' as it was known in old documents) near Beaford, was the former home of the Wooleigh Mallets who were close cousins of the Mallets of Ash and both branches were descended from the Mallets of Enmore. The family held the barton until the early 17th century until it passed to the Acland family through John Mallet's daughter Eleanor. She was married to Arthur Acland. Her brothers became the second St.Audries branch of Somerset, with landholdings in east Devon (Honiton area), Dorset (Poyntington) and Wiltshire (Newton Toney). The barton (farmhouse) as we see it today retains most of its features from the days of Mallet ownership (16th century) and is Grade II* listed. [With special thanks to Mr. Pengelly]

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Entrance sign.
Entrance sign.
Originally known as Wolves' Wood, written "uullegh" in early Saxon times.
The early Saxons had no letter w, but of course that's what their double u eventually became. This double u construction (which was originally pronounced "oo-ugh", naturally mutating to "wugh" if said rapidly) often dropped in later spellings (i.e.Ullegh), probably because later peoples had forgotten the etymology 
 
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Farm track
Farm track
Looking west from main road 
 
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Farm track
Farm track
Looking west across the River Torridge valley 
 
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Gateway
Gateway
 
 
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View from driveway
View from driveway
 
 
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Front porch
Front porch
Late 19th C porch, possibly on site of earlier one. 
 
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Cross-wing
Cross-wing
Early 16th C Solar cross-wing and c.1400 chapel.
 
 
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West end
West end
West end of south front. The room next to the cross passage was the "service" room (food preparation & storage). The large end room (2 sets of windows) is later than the original barton, and was added in the late 17th C. All the windows in the south front are 19th C. 
 
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West end
West end
The porch marks the position of the cross passage. The brick stack marks the end of the early barton. 
 
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East end
East end
Large window and brown door mark the extent of the hall, the most important room, formerly open to the roof until 17th C when it was ceiled. This entailed moving the hearth from its central position to a lateral one, marked by the stack behind. Clock tower is a much later (19th C) bell used to call in the workers from the fields. 
 
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Chapel
Chapel
Chapel of c.1400, at the east end of the barton. Behind is the solar, or family's private quarters. 
 
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Chapel door
Chapel door
Door of chapel, with moulding dated to c.1400. 
 
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Ventilation slot
Ventilation slot
 
 
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Front path
Front path
 
 
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Front view
Front view
 
 
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Workmen's bell
Workmen's bell
 
 
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Steps
Steps
 
 
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Gate post
Gate post
 
 
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Front garden
Front garden
 
 
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Overall view
Overall view
 
 
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East end
East end
 
 
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Tractors
Tractors
 
 
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Barn side view
Barn side view
 
 
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Ornamental gate post
Ornamental gate post
 
 
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View from drive
View from drive
Looking north-west across the River Torridge valley with drive on right 
 
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Driveway
Driveway
 
 
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Thatched roof
Thatched roof
How the barton may have once looked with a thatched roof instead of slates.

With thanks to Dave Dingley 
 

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