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Latitude: 50.5852 / 50°35'6"N
Longitude: -3.6073 / 3°36'26"W
OS Eastings: 286310
OS Northings: 77394
OS Grid: SX863773
Mapcode National: GBR QR.2GW4
Mapcode Global: FRA 37BJ.8GL
Entry Name: Gappah Cottage
Listing Date: 28 April 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1097054
English Heritage Legacy ID: 85394
Location: Kingsteignton, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13
Civil Parish: Kingsteignton
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Chudleigh Knighton
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
KINGSTEIGNTON GAPPAH LANE
SX 87 NE
4/137 Gappah Cottage
House. C17, possibly a remodelling of an early C16 house. Whitewashed plastered cob
on stone rubble footings; C20 tiled roof (formerly thatched), gabled at ends; axial
stack, projecting left end stack.
The present plan is single depth, 3 rooms wide with C17 features. The surviving
arrangement suggests a 3 room and through passage plan with the lower end missing,
the passage at the right end converted to a bathroom with the front door blocked; a
hall/kitchen in the centre with an axial stack backing on to the passage and a narrow
inner room at the left, possibly originally unheated with a stack added in the C18.
The problem with this interpretation is the siting of the house in relation to the
road which does not allow room for a lower end to the right of the passage: thus it
can only be assumed either that the house predates the road, or that the C17 plan was
2 rooms and an end passage, an arrangement in the county without convincing
precedents. There are 2 entrances on the rear wall, the rear right entrance to the
former passage and a rear left entrance (now blocked) leading into the inner room:
both doorways are C19. The rear right doorway opens into a small lobby which gives
access to the room in the former passage, to the C17 hall and to a rounded projecting
rear stair turret. Without access to the apex of the roof it is not possible to
prove whether the building is, in fact, an early C16 open hall house, remodelled in
the C17. The stair turret, however, does not appear to be part of the original build
and a half beam in the hall suggests that the room over the passage may have jettied
into the hall before the stack was inserted. It seems possible, therefore, that this
was an open hall house.
2 storeys. On the rear elevation the tiled roof is carried down as a pentice on
posts over the rounded stair turret and forms a porch over the adjacent doorway.
Both rear doors are C19 plank and stud, characteristic of the Clifford Estate houses.
Interior : C17 features survive in the hall: the open fireplace has stone jambs
(right hand jamb rebuilt when the bread oven was removed) and a lintel with scroll
stops. Chamfered cross beam with scroll stops, plank and muntin screen between hall
and inner room, the planks plastered over due to decay, the muntins chamfered and
scroll-stopped at hall bench level. Good 2 plank C17 or C18 door between hall and
entrance lobby. The inner room has a C20 grate and a niche in the end wall.
Chamfered stopped doorway to wide newel stair with timber treads and a blocked slit
window in the turret under the stairs. In the first floor rooms side-pegged jointed
cruck trusses are visible. The foot of 1 truss, about 1 1/2 metres above ground, is
visible in the cupboard under the stairs. It has no visible means of support. The
principal first floor room has a C19 fireplace with an open grate.
Gappah Cottage is in a prominent site adjacent to the road, the rear stair turret is
an especially attractive feature of the exterior and interior features are good. The
roof timbers are likely to be medieval.
Listing NGR: SX8631077394
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