6 Church Steps / Smugglers' Cottage And Attached Walls

16 Aug 1999
6 Church Steps, Minehead, West Somerset, Somerset, TA24 5JS
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Smugglers' Cottage And Attached Walls, 6 Church Steps, Minehead, West Somerset, Somerset, TA24 5JS
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


SS9646 CHURCH STEPS 900-1/3/18 (East side) 04/07/52 No.6 Smugglers' Cottage and attached walls (Formerly Listed as: CHURCH STEPS (East side) No.6)


Shown on OS map as No.8. House. Probably early C17. Colour-washed cob on a rubblestone base with a large lateral stack to the front, off-set below and above the eaves, and a very tall C20 brick shaft; hipped thatched roof. 3-unit plan with passage to right of hall and lower end to right; jointed cruck over the passage; late medieval open hall with inserted C17 front lateral stack to left of through passage. Pantiled outshut to the rear right. 2 storeys on a sloping site; 2-window range. To the left are two C19 two-light casement windows to both floors, the cills of those on the ground floor at ground level; to the right of the stack is a C20 door with a C19 two-light casement window to the right of it. INTERIOR: open fireplace to lateral stack with timber bressummer (probably later); jointed cruck over the passage has ridge purlin set on tenoned apex with splayed scarf joints to the purlins; upper side of truss (originally closed) and ridge purlin are smoke-blackened. C17 truss with ridge-in-notch to 2-bay lower end. Rafters with bark, support wheat straw thatch. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: rubblestone walls approx 2m high extend approx 7m to the left and 5m to the right. One of the least altered vernacular houses in Minehead.

Listing NGR: SS9666646744


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1662 IOE Records taken by R M Rayner; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr R.M Rayner. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Rayner, R.M

Rights Holder: Rayner, R.M


Cob, Pantile, Rubble, Thatch, Timber, Medieval Cruck House, Tudor Monument (By Form), Elizabethan Timber Framed House, Timber Framed Building, House, Domestic, Dwelling, Open Hall House, Hall House, Wall, Barrier