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East Devon (District Authority)
Broad Clyst
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SX 99 NE 5/130

TOWNEND Broadclyst Marker's Cottage

(previously listed as Nos. 3-4 Markers Cottage)


Cottage. C15, C16, C17, altered C18, C19 and C20. Renovated and converted back to a single dwelling in 1980s. Cob, stone plinth,rendered, main house with sandstone and brick end stacks, wheat reed thatched roof, gabled end to left-hand side; sloping thatched roof over later single-storey right-hand extension; slate roof over small back wing at left with end stack. Plan and development: Originates in the C15 as a 3-cell through passage house with all rooms open to roof and divided by plank and muntin screens. Late in the C15 the parlour was celled and the upper room separated off by a heightened screen. c.1530 rear lateral hall stack added. c.1600 the hall was ceiled and the rear stair turret built and the house generally improved. Late C17, kitchen wing built. Mid C19 divided into two cottages with additional staircase and other alterations. 1980s, repaired, old features discovered and restored to single dwelling. Exterior: 2 storeys. 3-window range under a curved roof ridge line. Ground floor with 2 doors and C19 2 and 3-light timber casement windows; upper windows, 2 and 3-light under eyebrow eaves, the right hand 3-light casement, C18 with leaded panes, 4 to the fixed side-lights, 8 to the centre. Right-hand extension with a single C20 window. Left-hand end of house with two 2-light casements, each light with 9 re-leaded panes. Interior: Principal known surviving features. Hall/parlour plank and muntin screen painted on both sides; painting dated stylistically 1470-1510. Original (C15) 4-light window with surviving central mullion. c.1600 3-light window rebated for glazing. Large areas of C17 plaster daub. Joinery, beams, door frames etc from the several periods. Several good fireplaces. Roof: Three pairs of jointed cruck trusses, the south pair extending down to ground level, as does the north one at end of the painted screen. The others rest on wooden plates in the cob walls just above the stone plinth. Trusses morticed and side pegged at apex, diagonally set ridge piece, collars and purlins. Smoke blackened rye thatch throughout entire length. (Detailed information from National Trust, report by Isobel Richardson).

Listing NGR: SX9862997414


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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: 10 Oct 2003
Reference: IOE01/11288/29
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Robert Vickery. Source Historic England Archive
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