Nos 1 And 2 Manor Cottages

21 Feb 2003
Nos 1 And 2 Manor Cottages, 1 And 2, Haccombe With Combe, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ12 4RL
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


15/119 Nos 1 and 2 Manor Cottages 23.8.55


House divided into 2 cottages. Mid C17, possibly a remodelling of a late medieval house. Cob and stone, partly rendered, partly whitewashed and plastered ; thatched roof with plain ridge, hipped at left end, gabled at right end, half-hipped at end of wing ; axial stack with stone shaft, right end stack with stone shaft.

Plan: Overall L plan : a north-facing 3 room and through passage main block, long lower end to the right, hall stack backing on to passage, unheated inner room to the left. A 1 room plan unheated service wing adjoins the lower end at the rear at right angles to the main block. Projecting stair turret on rear wall of hall. There are some unusual aspects to the plan : interior detail suggests that both hall and lower end rooms were high quality parlours and thus the position of the C17 kitchen is unclear. The lower end, which had a fine first floor chamber, has an apparently original entrance in the gable end wall. It is possible that the house originated as a late medieval open hall, floored and extended with the rear wing added in the C17 as the stone cornice on the rear of the hall stack is a characteristic feature of houses of open hall origins in the Teign Valley and there is some evidence of a jetty.

Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window front, the eaves thatch eyebrowed over the first floor windows. C20 gabled porch canopy to front door to through passage, which is a fine C17 panelled oak door with a timber hoodmould, strap hinges and a moulded doorframe. The 3 ground floor windows retain their timber hoodmoulds and the inner room window (left) and lower end window (right) are C17 ovolo-moulded mullioned windows : like the 4 first floor windows they are all glazed with C19 small pane timber casements. The right return has a thatched porch canopy to a gable end door into the lower end room, the C17 oak panelled door is similar to the front door and retains its original hinges ; blocked for first floor window above door, 3-light C17 ovolo-moulded mullioned window to the first floor of the wing. The rear elevation has a good C17 oak panelled door to the through passage.

Interior: Many good interior features. The rear of the hall stack is exposed in the passage with a stone cornice below the level of the present ceiling of the passage, chamfered half beam wih a bar stop. Plank and muntin screen to lower end of passage with moulded muntins and a blocked doorway to the lower end. The hall has 3 fine elaborately-moulded crossbeams with bar nick stops; an open fireplace, the original lintel no longer exists, and a plank and muntin screen at the higher end, the muntins moulded on the hall side. The arrangement of the ceiling beam suggests that the lower end passage may have jettied into an open hall before the hall was floored. A C20 stair against the rear wall has truncated one of the cross beams. The lower end room retains a chamfered stopped crossbeam and the fragments of a C17 plaster cornice on the ground floor, and more extensive cornices in the first floor chamber above where 2 C17 floral motifs, either from an overmantel or a decorated plaster ceiling, have been re-sited on one wall. The service wing also has a chamfered crossbeam. One first floor chamfered stopped doorframe.

Roof: Apex not inspected at time of survey but the construction over the higher end includes one C17 side pegged jointed cruck. The other trusses, presumably co-eval, are extremely interesting : the principal rafters are halved on to wall posts, the simplified carpentry suggesting a late derivative of the jointed cruck. The house was lived in by John Risdon a relative of the historian Tristram Risdon, in the late C17. John Risdon's 'Commonplace Book', dated 1693-9, included entries relating to the farm.

A fine example of a high quality C17 house with good external and internal features.

The simplified jointed crucks are of especial interest as the wall posts have been exposed : there may be many other examples of this type of construction which would normally appear to be ordinary 'A' frames.

Jordan, Mary Hall, "Leaves from the Notebook of John Risdon, of Netherton Manor and West Teignmouth", TDA (1908), pp. 138-147.

Listing NGR: SX8919571715


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0768 IOE Records taken by Peter Funnell; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Peter Funnell. Source: Historic England Archive

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Photographer: Funnell, Peter

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