Church Cottage / The Old Church House

17 Sep 2002
Church Cottage, Dartington, South Hams, Devon, TQ9 6JP
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The Old Church House, Dartington, South Hams, Devon, TQ9 6JP
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

DARTINGTON SX76SE AND SX7862 WEEK 1/175 and 12/75 The Old Church House (formerly listed as Church Cottage) 9.2.61


House probably originally the church house. Probably early C16, it is reputedly mentioned in a deed of 1518; remodelled in circa early C17, and an outbuilding extension of circa late C17 or early C18. Local limestone rubble. Steeply pitched slate roof, hipped at right end and hall hipped at left end. Projecting lateral stacks to front and rear of hall and end stack to left; truncated lateral stack to left of front.

Plan: 3 room plan, the lower end to the left and a smaller inner room to the right. The doorway is to the left of centre directly opposite a partly blocked full height early C16 window which if it is the original hall window in situ would suggest that either the existing doorway is not the original or there was a direct entry into the hall. If the house were partly or entirely open to the roof originally the floors were inserted in circa early C17. There is a solid wall partition between the hall and inner room which is unheated. The hall has a front lateral stack and the lower left hand room a gable end stack. The chamber over the hall was heated by a rear lateral stack and the chamber over the lower left room heated from a front lateral stack. Judging by the lintel with bar stops the inner room had a front doorway in C17 (under it was originally a window) which leads to an outbuilding which was added at right angles to the front of the right hand end.

Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 5-window range. Small C20 2- and 3- light casement on first floor and C20 3-light casements on the ground floor. Two of the ground floor windows are in doorway openings which themselves are later alterations. Doorway to left of centre with C20 plank door and door frame. Slated pentice roof over the doorway and ground floor windows to left on chamfered timber cantilevers. Projecting front lateral stack to right of centre with tapered top and weathering.

Rear elevation: to right of centre the top of half of a (the hall?) window survives; it is a 2-light wooden mullion window with roll mouldings and 4- centred arch lights timber spandrels and leaded panes; a doorway has been inserted into the bottom hall of the window; the stopped chamber lintel above is however too long for the opening. Large masonry raking buttress either side of the doorway. To left of centre a rear lateral stack with set-off and rebuilt shaft. Various C20 2-light casements with glazing bars and timber lintels. Wing at right angles to right of front is circa late C17 or early C18. Outbuilding, the inner (west) side is partly open but with C20 garage door; hipped slate roof, C20 2-light casement on first floor of end wall; hipped slate roof.

Interior: The lower left hand room has a chamfered hall-beam in gable end wall cross-beam and head beam to screen which has been removed. Very long fireplace lintel with step stops and stone rubble jambs; the front window lintels are chambered with scroll stops. The hall has 2 cross-beams with multiple roll moulds with bar stops, the stops are buried in the rear wall; front lateral fireplace with chamfered lintel with bar stops and stone rubble jambs. Solid wall between the hall and inner room. The inner room has a chamfered hall-beam in the end wall and a chamfered front doorway lintel with bar stops. The first floor left hand room has timber corbelled fireplace lintel ovolo moulded with scroll stops, on front wall.

Roof: the collars are pegged to the face of the prinicipal rafters and the purlins are trenched.

Listing NGR: SX7799662504


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1943 IOE Records taken by Russell J Stephens; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Russell J Stephens. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Stephens, Russell J

Rights Holder: Stephens, Russell J


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