Ridge Cottage

27 Oct 1999
Ridge Cottage, Church Street, Morchard Bishop, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17 6PJ
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

MORCHARD BISHOP CHURCH STREET (south side) SS 7607 - 7707 Morchard Bishop 11/141 - Ridge Cottage GV II

House, originally a row of 3 cottages, sometime stables and garage. Early C16, converted to stables and garage in early C20 and converted to single house in mid C20. Partly plastered cob on rubble footings; partly plastered rubble; rubble stacks topped with C20 brick; slate roof. 3 room plan house facing north, originally comprising 3 single cell houses. End stacks to outer room and centre room has axial stack to right (west). 2 storeys. Irregular 2-window front of C20 casements with glazing bars and including, first floor left, an early C16 oak 2- light trefoil-headed window in situ. First floor left is a C20 gable-roofed dormer and in centre is large early C20 loading hatch with gabled roof. Roof is gable- ended to left and hipped to right. Photographs of the front stripped of render shows original arrangement of 2-window fronts to left (east) and centre with outer doors. Butt join right of centre shows former right end cottage is rubble-built and later than other 2, and had a 1-window front with door at right end. Some blockings show internally. Roof hipped to right, gable-ended to left, C20 door and C20 glass- sided conservatory to rear.

Interior was much altered in early C20 when converted to stables and garage. Only 1 original beam survives. It is in the middle room; chamfered with diagonal cut stops. End stacks of dressed volcanic stone with plain oak lintels central fireplace is blocked. Early C16 roof structure survives including 3 side-pegged jointed crucks.

Built on glebe land and very close to the church these were probably almshouses.

Left end is said to have once extended further with a first floor schoolroom over the gateway into the churchyard.

Listing NGR: SS7726207524


This is part of the Series: IOE01/2255 IOE Records taken by Michael Woodhead; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Michael Woodhead. Source: Historic England Archive

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Photographer: Woodhead, Michael

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