Thistle Cottage / Redwoods

21 Aug 1999
Thistle Cottage, Awliscombe, East Devon, Devon, EX14 3PJ
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Redwoods, Awliscombe, East Devon, Devon, EX14 3PJ
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


5/22 Redwoods and Thistle Cottage


House, divided into 2 cottages. Early C17 (date of 1633 on right gable end) or earlier with considerable subsequent alteration and remodelling and further alterations in progress at Thistle Cottage at time of survey (1987). Stone rubble, whitewashed and rendered to the front elevation; slate roof, gabled at ends; right end stack and axial stack.

Plan: The main range, which faces north-east directly on to the road, appears to be the remains of a 3 room and through passage plan house, although it is not entirely clear which was the higher and which the lower end: there is a cross passage to left of centre and the stack of the left hand room, which has been very rebuilt, backs on to the passage. The room to the right of the passage has been subdivided but retains a good circa early C17 window. The right end of the house (Thistle Cottage) was not inspected at time of survey; but is said to be modernised. The right end wall shows an earlier roofline and retains the datestone.

Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3 window front with a C20 front door to the cross passage Redwoods (to the left). To the right of the front door a good 4-light stone mullioned window with ovolo-moulded mullions, a hoodmould and a king mullion. The other windows are C20, mostly small-pane iron casements with one plastic window to ground floor right. Thistle Cottage is entered on the right return which has a bread oven (blocked internally) and a concrete-faced niche.

Interior: Redwoods only inspected. The cross passage has a plank and muntin screen, papered-over, to the right and a chamfered stopped half-beam; this, and a similar beam in the right hand room, extends through a post C17 partition which has provided a service room at the rear. The remains of a timber doorframe with a rounded head leads from the passage into the left hand room, which is plain with no exposed carpentry and a partly blocked fireplace which may conceal an earlier lintel and jambs. First floor and roofspace not inspected.

A house of C17 origins with a good C17 window, an oak screen and the possibility of other interior features concealed behind modern plaster.

Group value with George Park on the opposite side of the road.

Listing NGR: ST1352401616


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0001 IOE Records taken by Anthony Aaben-Reader; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Anthony Aaben-Reader. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Aaben-Reader, Anthony

Rights Holder: Aaben-Reader, Anthony


Render, Rubble, Slate, Stone, Medieval House, Tudor Monument (By Form), Elizabethan Domestic, Stuart Dwelling, Jacobean Cross Passage House, Date Stone, Commemorative, Commemorative Stone, Commemorative Monument