COT GREEN COTTAGE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1204205
Date first listed:
27-Jan-1989
Statutory Address:
COT GREEN COTTAGE

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Location

Statutory Address:
COT GREEN COTTAGE

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Devon
District:
East Devon (District Authority)
Parish:
Awliscombe
National Grid Reference:
ST 13008 02507

Details

AWLISCOMBE COT GREEN SY 10 SW

5/28 Cot Green Cottage -

II

House. Late Medieval origins, remodelled and possibly extended in the late C16/early C17, C19 addition at the left end, house repaired in the late 1960s. Whitewashed rendered cob on stone rubble footings, some C19 brick to left end addition and rear outshut; thatched roof with a plain ridge, half-hipped at ends, remains of front right corner stack (shaft dismantled), left end stack with a rendered shaft. Plan: South-facing and end on to the lane. The present arrangement is a 3 room and through passage main range with an axial passage to the rear of the unheated centre room with an external stair rising from the axial passage. A C19 lean-to addition Rives a fourth room at the left end there is a rear right outshut. The evolution of the plan is unusual, beginning with a 2-bay Medieval open hall house (the 2 left hand rooms of the main range) rather than the more common 3-bay Medieval house extant in Devon. Judging from a medieval doorframe in the partition between the 2 rooms the open hall was divided into 2 by a low partition, the entrance presumably into the room without the open hearth, probably the right hand room. The hall was floored in the circa late C16/early C17 with a stack added at the left end, involving the partial dismantling of the left end hip cruck; the stair was added in a rear projection. The present through passage, at the right end of the Medieval house, may also date from this period. In the C17 the right hand end of the house was either added or remodelled from an existing single-storey building giving a conventional unheated lower end room. The carpentry at this end of the house is all in elm (information from the owners), the rest is oak. The rear outshut is partly C18, partly earlier. The lower end room was subsequently heated by the addition of the corner stack and a Victorian stair was added - these alterations could be associated with the division of the house into 2 cottages. The date of the axial passage behind the centre room is not clear. C20 repair has involved replacing the Victorian stair and alterations to the first floor windows with a bay window added to the stair projection. Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3 window south front, the thatch carried down as a catslide porch on posts to the through passage, C20 half-glazed timber front door. 2- and 3-light C20 timber casements with 2-panes per light, the eaves thatch eyebrowed over the first floor windows. C20 half-glazed timber door to the lean-to at the left end. Interior: Well-preserved, retaining C16 and C17 carpentry, old wall plaster and some old floorboards. The through passage has a chamfered stopped half beam to the lower side, exposed joists, a plain plank and muntin screen to the higher side with a replaced sole plate and a C17 or earlier pegged doorframe to the rear door. The unheated centre room exposed ceiling beams and a probably late medieval partition with the left hand room: this consists of planks, formerly with wattle and daub sections between and a massive shouldered doorframe exposed on the left hand (west) side. The left hand room has a chamfered stopped crossbeam and a good open fireplace with chamfered Beerstone ashlar jambs and a bread oven. The right hand room has a deeply chamfered crossbeam with step stops and a blocked mullioned window, apparently never glazed nor shuttered, into the outshut. Original oak treads and risers to the stair. Roof: The main truss of the Medieval roof survives: a side-pegged jointed cruck truss with a diagonally set ridge and peaked collar mortised into the principals which are mortised at the apex. The right hand (east) hip cruck is also intact with rafters and a mortise in the ridge indicates the position of the former left end hip. The timbers are heavily sooted. The roof over the right hand room is also of jointed cruck construction but the carpentry detail is more rustic. A new roof has been added over the old timbers. A traditional house of Medieval origins with interior features and an historic plan form. The original 2-bay open hall is of special interest.

Listing NGR: ST1300802507

Legacy

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Legacy System number:
87030
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

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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