© Mr John H. Sparkes
LITTLE CREECH (ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS CENTRE), BICKENHALL LANE
WEST HATCH, TAUNTON DEANE, SOMERSET
Mr John H. Sparkes
05 February 2003
08 August 1995
Date of last amendment:
08 August 1995
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WEST HATCH BICKENHALL LANE
ST 21 NE
8/10003 Little Creech (RSPCA
Farmhouse. Circa early to mid C17; remodelled and extended in late C18 [datestone 1783]; altered
C19. Rendered stone. Asbestos slate roof with Hamstone coping to gable-ends; rear pitch clad in
concrete tiles. Axial and gable-end stacks with rebuilt brick shafts. PLAN: 3-room plan with service
rooms in the rear outshut and a cross-passage to the right of the centre room. The original house
would have had a 3-room plan with a lobby entrance in front of the axial stack between the central
hall/parlour and the kitchen on the right with its large gable-end stack. In the late C18 the house
was refenestrated, the eaves were raised, the roof rebuilt and an outshut built across the back. In the
C19 a cross-passage was inserted through the kitchen and an outshut was built at the right [east] end.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3-window south front, arranged 2:1. Hamstone 3-light
mullion windows with iron casements. Cross-passage doorway to right of centre with cambered arch
and panelled and glazed door. On first floor, to right of centre, a stone tablet inscribed
BI:IM:DB:1783. At the rear [north] the roof is carried down as a catslide over the outshut.
INTERIOR: Right-hand room [kitchen], reduced because of insertion of cross-passage, has
chamfered cross-beam over passage partition and very large fireplace with chamfered stone jambs,
large chamfered timber lintel with step stops, shelf on brackets, pegs above, oven and curing
chamber; blocked newel staircase beside stack. Central room [hall/parlour] has chamfered
cross-beams with cyma stops and large stone fireplace with chamfered jambs and cyma-moulded
timber lintel. The left [west] room has no exposed features. C18 tenoned-purlin roof with collars
pegged to the faces of the principals.