Church Cottage

23 Jun 2002
Church Cottage, Drewsteignton, West Devon, Devon, EX6 6QN
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


5/106 Church Cottage 22.2.67 GV II*

Small cottage. Mid C16 with a major early C17 modernisation. Coursed blocks of massive granite ashlar with some granite rubble patching; granite ashlar stack and chimney shaft; slate roof (formerly thatch).

Plan and development: small 2-room plan cottage built adjoining the churchyard and facing north. The larger right (west) room has a projecting gable-end stack and this end faces onto the village square. Originally the unheated left (east) room was floored and the right room was an open hall heated by an open hearth fire. In the early C17 the stack was inserted and the hall floored over. Secondary outshot to rear. Main house is 2 storeys.

Exterior: irregular 1-window front of early C20 casements with glazing bars. The front door is roughly central and contains a C20 plank door in a probably C19 solid oak frame with bead-moulded surround. The churchyard lych gate (q.v) abutts the left end of the front. Roof is gable-ended. Similar windows onto the churchyard on the left end. On the right end there is an early C17 granite-mullioned 2-light window with hoodmould to each floor right of the chimney stack.

Interior: appears to be well-preserved although much of the structure is hidden by C19 and C20 plaster. Nevertheless the top of an oak-framed full height crosswall shows in the roofspace. The true cruck truss over the hall and the hall side of the crosswall is smoke-blackend from the open hearth fire. The early C17 fireplace is blocked by a C20 grate and the hall is floored by an early C17 soffit-chamfered and step-stopped crossbeam.

This is a very interesting house being so small and so old. Certainly it has been this size since the early C17 refurbishment, and the early work is of high quality.

Furthermore it occupies an important site in the centre of Drewsteignton village and forms part of a group with other listed buildings in the vicinity of the Church of Holy Trinity (q.v). A plaque on the front (sheltered by the lych-gate roof) records the purchase of the cottage by subscription by the parish in memory of William Ponsford of Ford House who died in 1931.

Listing NGR: SX7360690842


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Ashlar, Granite, Rubble, Slate, Thatch, Medieval Cruck House, Tudor Monument <By Form>, Elizabethan Timber Framed House, Timber Framed Building, House, Domestic, Dwelling, Open Hall House, Hall House