Primrose Cottage / Higher Knowle Farmhouse / Rose Cottage

6 Jul 2006
Primrose Cottage, Dalditch Lane, East Budleigh, East Devon, Devon, EX9 7AS
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Higher Knowle Farmhouse, Dalditch Lane, East Budleigh, East Devon, Devon, EX9 7AS
Rose Cottage, Dalditch Lane, East Budleigh, East Devon, Devon, EX9 7AS
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

EAST BUDLEIGH DALDITCH LANE, Knowle SY 08 SW 5/62 Rose Cottage and Primrose Cottage - 25.3.80 (formerly listed as Higher Knowle - Farmhouse) II 2 cottages, formerly a single farmhouse. C16 orgins, much rebuilt in late C16-early C17, later C17 alterations, refurbished in C19 and again 1980. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings; stone rubble stacks, one with a stone ashlar chimney shaft; the others plastered brick; slate roof (originally thatch).

2 cottages facing south-west and occupying a former 4-room-and-through-passage plan farmhouse. Rose Cottage on the left (north-western) end occupies the small unheated inner room, hall with projecting front lateral stack and through passage. There is a tight winder stair in a turret projecting to rear at the upper end of the former hall. Primrose Cottage, on the right occupies the 2 service end rooms, the inner room with an axial stack backing onto the outer room and the outer room itself with a projecting end kitchen stack. Another tight winder stair in a turret projecting to rear of the inner room here. 2 storeys.

Irregular 5-window front of C20 casements with glazing bars. Both the front passage door (to Rose Cottage) and the door to the right end room (Primrose Cottage) are late C19 - early C20 part-glazed plank doors. The projecting hall stack is plastered but the (probably C17) double shaft of sandstone ashlar with weathered offsets is exposed. Roof is gable-ended.

Interior includes features from all the main building phases. The small inner room was probably a dairy. It is now the kitchen of Rose Cottage and has no exposed carpentry. The hall has a late C16 - early C17 fireplace built of dressed conglomerate stone blocks. The oak lintel has an ovolo moulding but the stops are obscured since the fireplace has been reduced in width. There is a relieving arch over the lintel. The axial beam is contemporary; deep soffit chamfers with late step stops. The double shaft on the hall stack suggests a contemporary first floor fireplace but none shows there now. The hall roof truss is plastered over but its shape clearly suggests some form of jointed cruck truss but the roofspace here was inaccessible. However the previous listing reported the timbers smoke-blackened from an open hearth fire. All the internal partitions are plastered, but since most lie on the lines of C16 or C17 partitions, oak frames may be hidden.

The first service end room has a large C17 fireplace of conglomerate stone with an oak lintel, soffit-chamfered with worn, possibly scroll, stops. The axial beam is boxed in. The outer room has been much altered. The fireplace has a replacement lintel and the crossbeam has been replaced. However one half beam is probably C17; it has a rough soffit chamfer with worn, possibly scroll, stops. 2 of the doors this end are late C17 - early C18 2-panel doors. The roof over both of these rooms is early or mid C17; side-pegged jointed cruck trusses with pegged dovetail-shaped lap-jointed, collars (one of them refashioned from a smoke blackened timber).

Listing NGR: SY0498883008


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0143 IOE Records taken by Steve Beck; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Steve Beck. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Beck, Steve

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