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Langford Court Plymtree, Cullompton

Client: Private
Area: 450 m²
Stage: Completed in July 2002
Building costs: £750k
Description: Reconstruction of Grade II* listed building

The Manor of Langford and Langford Court were recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. It is a Grade II* listed building containing many of the features you would expect to find in a medieval farmhouse. This project was necessitated as a result of a disastrous fire, which destroyed the Listed Farmhouse known as Langford Court. Both English Heritage and the Council’s Conservation Department were involved in the plans for the reconstruction works and they insisted on the use of traditional materials and techniques throughout the process, including the reinstatement of the thatched roof with local wheat reed.

Langford Court was and still is, a “working” farmhouse, and an early decision was made to protect the whole of the structure that remained with a massive steel framed canopy – that could afterwards be used as a modern farm building. This allowed the construction work to carry on, unaffected by bad weather, so that the project could be completed in as short as possible a time. Because of the immense historic importance of the building, the project involved the meticulous reconstruction of all of the original features of the building. We were therefore required to produce large-scale details of such items as roof-trusses, staircases, fire-surrounds, door-sets, windows and cornices etc. This involved a huge amount of research on our part.

Langford Court is now faithfully reconstructed and fit to last another one thousand years.

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