Truants Cottage / Truants

22 Jun 2002
Truants Cottage, Aylesbeare, East Devon, Devon, EX5 2BU
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Truants, Aylesbeare, East Devon, Devon, EX5 2BU
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


3/15 Truants and Truants Cottage -


2 adjoining cottages. 2 phases of C18 work; both modernised between 1970-80.

Plastered cob on rubble footings; brick stack topped with C20 brick; thatch roof and interlocking tile to Truants outshot.

The present building apparently derives from a 2-room plan house facing west with front lobby entrance (now the front door to Truants Cottage) and axial stack serving back-to-back fireplaces. Later in the C18 a third unheated room was added on the left (northern) end. In the late C18 or early C19 another unheated room was added on the right (south) end with a single storey outshot on the end of that. The house was divided into 2 cottages probably in the C19 with Truants right of the stack and Truants Cottage left of the stack. Truants was much modernised circa 1972 when internal floor levels were altered and all except the rear wall of the outshot was replaced. Also the outshot was extended to the rear. Truants Cottage was modernised circa 1980 but here most features are preserved in situ. At the same time a single storey kitchen was added to rear of the left room. Both are 2 storeys.

Main block has overall regular but not symmetrical 5-window front. Truants Cottage has a 2-window front of C19 and C20 replacement casements, these more or less in their original positions. The front doorway to right is a C19 4-panel door with contemporary flat-hood on shaped brackets. The 3-window front of Truants are all circa 1972 casements with glazing bars and those on the first floor are half dormers with the thatch lifted over the top. The front doorway was inserted when the house was divided and now contains a circa 1972 door and contemporary thatch-roofed hood.

The outshot has another 2 similar circa 1972 casements. Main roof is half-hipped to left and gabled to right. The outshot is also gable-ended.

Interior. In Truants the first floor level was raised circa 1972 although in the original heated room the early C18 axial beam (soffit-chamfered with straight cut stops on one end) was reused. The fireplace has a roughly soffit-chamfered oak lintel. Elsewhere only features of circa 1972 renovation show except an ancient plank door which was retained through the rear wall of the outshot. The roof is inaccessible but the feet of probably original A-frame trusses show. In Truants Cottage the heated room has its axial beam in situ; also soffit-chamfered with straight cut stops one end. Here the brick fireplace is exposed and it too has a roughly soffit-chamfered oak lintel. The cob crosswall between the heated and unheated room has 2 large round-headed shallow alcoves on the unheated side. Their date and function are unknown. The outer room shows plain carpentry detail. There is a tradition that this was once a smithy. The roof clearly shows the 2 building phases. The inner (heated) room roof is carried on an A-frame truss with pegged lap-jointed collar and X-apex and a hip arrangement over the former end wall (now the internal crosswall). Another truss of identical construction carries the roof to the present end wall.

Listing NGR: SY0387091928


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Photographer: Newbery, Barry F.

Rights Holder: Newbery, Barry F.


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