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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1366437



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

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Chaffcombe

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 04-Feb-1958

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 262131

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CHAFFCOMBE CP KNAPPS LANE (South side) ST31SW ST31SE The Old Rectory 1/4 2/4 1.2.58

- 11*

Detached house.C15 origins, possibly not as a house, adapted Cl6 and C17, with later modifications. Local stone rubble, with some cob, with bay 3 rendered, all colourwashed; thatched roof with full hips; brick chimney stacks. 'L'- plan: 2 storeys: 5 bays, random fenestration, of which bay 4 would seem to be a later extension. A variety of windows: to bay 1 ovolo-mould timber casements, 4-light below and 3-light above; to bay 2 are early casements of 3 lights with chamfered mullions; lower bay 3 is blank, but to upper bay 3, and both levels bay 4 are steel casements of 2- and 3-lights. Left of bay 2 a projecting colourwashed brick porch with thatched roof, having glazed outer doors, but the inner doorway has a heavy timber frame shouldered at the head, of cl500, with boarded door. Small lean-to extension to rear. Internally the plan of 2 rooms with cross passage: the south room has a flat-headed moulded surround fireplace against cross-passage, with associated deep hollow-chamfer beams and staircase on other side of doorway having heavy turned balusters under heavy rail with ball finial to newel and pendant droll probably all late C16/early C17: north room, divided from passage by stud and panel screen, has a fireplace with scroll to the bressumer. On first floor a boarded partition of in-and-out pattern. Of the four roof trusses, two are jointed crucks, one open and one closed, and the others are either tie-beam trusses or post-and-truss structures, both closed and later modified; one surviving windbrace; Some wattle-and-daub work-in roof space, and at north end a one-bay-wide smoke bay. Sequence of development before C17 has been much debated. (VAG Reports, unpublished SRO, August 1973, May 1975, February and October l978).

Listing NGR: ST3499810183

Selected Sources

Books and journals
'Vernacular Architecture Group Report' in October, (1978)
'Vernacular Architecture Group Report' in August, (1973)
'Vernacular Architecture Group Report' in May, (1975)
'Vernacular Architecture Group Report' in February, (1978)

National Grid Reference: ST 34998 10183


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