Webbers Cottage / Sanders Cottage / Drillers / Part Drillers

3 Jul 2006
Webbers Cottage, Gittisham, East Devon, Devon, EX14 3AQ
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Sanders Cottage, Gittisham, East Devon, Devon, EX14 3AQ
Drillers, 1 And 2, Gittisham, East Devon, Devon, EX14 3AQ
Part Drillers, Gittisham, East Devon, Devon, EX14 3AQ
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


7/153 Part Drillers, Webbers Cottage, Sanders Cottage, Nos. 1 and 2 22.2.55 Drillers GV II

5 adjoining estate cottages. Circa mid C17 or earlier in origin, considerable C20 renovation. Colourwashed and rendered (except for No. 2 Drillers which is cement rendered and blocked out), probably flint rubble; thatched roof with plain ridge, half-hipped at ends of wings; 2 axial stacks and a rear lateral stack to the main range, axial stacks to wings, corner stack to south west wing.

Plan: Overall U plan, the main range faces south and contains (left to right) Webbers, Sanders and No 2 Drillers. South wings at right angles at each end contain Part Drillers (south-west), formerly 2 cottages, and No. 1 Drillers (south-east).

Rear wing to Sanders. If is difficult to judge whether the building originated as one house or a row of cottages. Interiors inspected at time of survey (1988) were plain with no obvious C17 carpentry detail except for Webbers, good features in the other cottages may be concealed behind modern plaster. No. 1 Drillers is of 2 builds, the south end with a lower roofline.

Exterior: Long 2-storey. range. Asymmetrical 6 window south elevation with 1 window to the south end of each wing. Windows mostly C19 or C20 2- and 3-light timber casements with glazing bars. Webbers, to the left of the main range, has a C19 or C20 panelled door to the right and 1 first floor and 1 ground floor window. Sanders, in the centre, has a C19 panelled door to the left and 2 first floor and 2 ground floor windows. No. 2 Drillers, to the right, has a central C20 gabled weatherboarded porch, a C19 panelled door flanked by windows, 3 first floor windows. No. 1 Drillers, in the south east wing, has a gabled C20 porch on the inner (west) return, 2 first floor and 2 ground floor windows to the left, and 1 2-light ground floor window to the right, which is a separate block with a lower roofline. The inner (east) return of Part Drillers, in the south east wing has 1 ground floor casement.

The outer (west) return of Part Drillers has a C20 plank door to the right with a porch hood and 2 first an 2 ground floor C20 casements to the left.

Interior: Webbers and No. 2 Drillers inspected. No. 2 Drillers has a boxed in axial beam. Part Drillers is said to be modernized internally, Sanders is said to be plain. It is possible that earlier features are concealed by wall plaster. Webbers has a chamfered stopped crossbeam and a winder stair adjacent to the stack.

Roof: Webbers has one side-pegged jointed cruck truss with a lap-dovetailed collar, probably circa mid C17. On the first floor the partition wall with Sanders is stud with cob infill. The adjacent truss in Webbers is an 'A' frame with a nailed collar, probably replacing a cruck truss.

A very attractive row in the centre of an exceptionally well-preserved village of traditional houses.

Listing NGR: SY1339598440


This is part of the Series: IOE01/2243 IOE Records taken by David Withey; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr David Withey. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Withey, David

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