Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1308806

Date first listed: 16-Sep-1987

Statutory Address: WESTCOTT COTTAGE


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Statutory Address: WESTCOTT COTTAGE

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

County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Chagford

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 71011 87637


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4/81 Westcott Cottage - GV II*

House. Early C16 with C17 improvements; C20 kitchen extension. Coursed blocks of granite ashlar with massive quoins and some granite stone rubble patching; granite stacks, the original 1 with a granite ashlar chimney shaft; thatch roof, slate to kitchen extension. Plan and development: 2-room plan cottage facing east. The larger right (northern) room has an end stack and the smaller left room has a rear lateral stack. Kitchen extension projecting to rear of left room. The original hall house was open to the roof from end to end, divided by low partitions and heated by an open hearth fire. House was floored probably in the early C17 when the end stack was inserted. Rear lateral stack could be as late as C19. 2 storeys. Exterior: not quite symmetrical 3-window front of C20 casements with glazing bars and central doorway contains C20 French window. Roof is gable-ended. Right end wall is blind and has late C19-early C20 store with leanto corrugated iron roof against it. Left end wall includes a first floor C17 2-light granite window with chamfered mullion, plain hoodmould and contains rectangular panes of leaded glass. Interior. The oldest feature is the early C16 3-bay roof. Both are A-frame trusses but the right (northern) one has chamfered arch-braces. The butt purlins are chamfered with runout stops. The whole roof including the underside of the thatch is smoke-blackened from an open hearth fire. Probably in the early C17 the house was floored and the end stack added. The crossbeams are soffit-chamfered, the right one with straight cut stops at the front end only. There is no indication of where contemporary partitions were. The ground floor fireplace is now blocked by a C20 grate (if indeed there was one here earlier). Above, at first floor level, 2 granite ashlar corbels project from the wall; hollow-chamfered on their inner soffit edges. These are probably the remains of a hooded fireplace. This is a fascinating house. The late medieval roof is the most sophisticated example of carpentry from that time in the parish and yet it is quite a small house. If the corbels indicate a hooded fireplace it may have been converted to some kind of first floor hall. Another explanation may be that it was a wing of nearby Westcott Farmhouse (q.v.), but there is no evidence to prove this. There is an irregular joint on the back wall and much of it is patched with granite stone rubble but the ashlar masonry seems to indicate that the original house was the same size as the present one.

Listing NGR: SX7101187637


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