Golly Cottage And Pine Cottage

2 Sep 2003
Golly Cottage And Pine Cottage, The Bury, Thorverton, Mid Devon, Devon, EX5 5NT
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

SS 90 SW THORVERTON THE BURY, Thorverton 8/128 Golly Cottage and Pine Cottage - GV II 2 adjoining cottages, 1 build. Probably C18. Whitewashed rendered stone rubble, the end walls in the attic of framed construction; thatched roof, half-hipped at west end, gabled at right end; axial stack with adjoining brick shafts, left end stack with brick shaft, 2 later rear lateral stacks to Pine Cottage with brick shafts.

Plan Single depth range built on the south boundary of the churchyard. The gable end of Golly Cottage, which is approximately triangular at the east end, faces the Bury while a narrow pedestrian lane, Church Lane gives access to the south side of the range. The present plan of Golly Cottage is 2 heated rooms, 1 on either side of a straight stair with an entrance on the south side, facing the stair; there is an additional entrance in the east gable end. Pine Cottage consists of 3 heated rooms, the easternmost heated from a corner fireplace, the 2 western rooms from comparatively modern lateral stacks on the south wall, straight stair between 2 western rooms, entrance into centre room, further doorway on south side into easternmost room. The range is said to have been divided into 3 cottages at one time and there is evidence that the attic storey has been used as workshops. Copeland suggested that the range may have functioned as a Church House largely on the basis of its "suggestive position".

Exterior The gable end of Golly Cottage, facing the Bury is picturesquely irregular with a thatched porch canopy over a panelled front door. 3-light timber casements with small panes, 1 to ground floor, 1 to first floor and 1 to attic. Asymmetrical 5 window north elevation, facing the churchyard, windowless to the right, with a variety of C19 and C20 timber casement windows with glazing bars except for 1 small first floor modern fixed window. Asymmetrical 3 window south elevation with 3 front doors, 1 with fielded panels, various casement windows, mostly with glazing bars.

Interior : Golly Cottage has small open fireplaces with local stone jambs and timber lintels. Similar corner fireplace in the easternmost room of Pine Cottage; rough cross beams support the first floors.

Roof : Both cottages have pegged x apex tie beam roof trusses, probably C18. The internal walls of the attic storey are plastered, the attic floors are boarded and each cottage has a timber stair to the attics which are sub-divided by rough plank partitions. Scraps of leather and clay bobbins, the latter used for curling wigs, have been found under the attic floorboards indicating the workshop function of the roofspace.

An intriguing vernacular range making an important contribution to the setting of the Church.

Copeland, GW., "Devonshire Church-Houses", T.D.A., vol. XCV, (1963), p.p. 135-155.

Listing NGR: SS9248102159


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1156 IOE Records taken by Robert W Keniston; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Robert W Keniston. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Keniston, Robert W

Rights Holder: Keniston, Robert W


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