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Mid Devon (District Authority)
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ST 10095 13706


CULMSTOCK THE STRAND, Culmstock ST 11 SW 10/66 Culm Cottage and The Bridge - GV II 2 adjoining cottages, one including a shop; formerly a single house. Late C16 - early C17, maybe earlier in parts, some C17 improvements, thoroughly refurbished in mid C19 when original house was divided into the present two cottages. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings; stone rubble or cob stacks topped with C19 and C20 brick; thatch roof and slate to Culm Cottage extension. Plan and development: 2 adjoining cottages in an L-plan building. The main block faces north-east. It is parallel to the street but set back from it. A block projects forward at right angles to the street front at the right (north-west) end. CulLm Cottage occupies the centre and left end of the main block. It has a 2-room plan with central entrance hall containing the stair. The small unheated inner left room is now used as the kitchen. The larger right room has an axial stack backing onto the adjoining cottage. There is a 1-room plan mid C19 extension to rear of the left end with an outer lateral stack. The Bridge is a 3-room plan cottage. It occupies the right end room of the main block which has an end stack and the 2 unheated rooms of the front block. The entrance to this cottage is through the shop in the front room of the front block. Only Culm Cottage was available for inspection at the time of this survey but it seems clear that the main block was originally built as a 3-room-and-through-passage plan house. The larger heated room in Culm Cottage seems to be the hall and was probably open to the roof in the late C16 -early C17. It was floored over in the early or mid C17. The entrance hall and stairs were inserted in the mid C19 into the former inner room. Thus, the main block room of the Bridge occupies the site of the former passage and service end room. The date of the front block is not known but it is thought to be earlier than the mid C19. Both cottages are 2 storeys. Exterior: main block has an irregular 3-window front of mid C19 casements with glazing bars and margin panes; the first floor windows have flat thatch eyebrows over. The left 2-window section (belonging to Culm Cottage) is symmetrical about the central doorway which contains a C19 panelled door behind a C20 gabled porch. The main block roof is half-hipped to left and hipped to right. The rear extension of Culm Cottage contains horned 4-pane sashes. The front block contains C19 and early C20 casements with glazing bars including the front end shop window. The front block roof is half-hipped at the front. Interior: only Culm Cottage was available for inspection at the time of this survey. Although it appears to be largely the result of the mid C19 refurbishment the original layout is preserved and late C16 - early C17 carpentry detail is suspected behind the C19 plaster. In the former hall the fireplace is blocked. Both rooms have unstopped beams with soffit-chamfers, an axial one across the left room and entrance hall and crossbeam in the former hall. The roof over this part is carried on 2 side-pegged jointed cruck trusses with cambered collars. The roofspace is inaccessible and therefore it was not possible to ascertain whether or not the roof timbers were smoke-blackened from an open hearth fire and therefore late medieval in date. The main block part of the Bridge probably contains similar carpentry detail. This pair of cottages form part of an attractive group of listed buildings in the vicinity of Culmstock Bridge (q.v). Furthermore these have had no modernisations since the mid C19.

Listing NGR: ST1009513706


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 21 Oct 2003
Reference: IOE01/11275/09
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Peter McLaren. Source Historic England Archive
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