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Latitude: 50.5069 / 50°30'24"N
Longitude: -3.6123 / 3°36'44"W
OS Eastings: 285763
OS Northings: 68701
OS Grid: SX857687
Mapcode National: GBR QR.7FL4
Mapcode Global: FRA 37BQ.DHD
Plus Code: 9C2RG94Q+Q3
Entry Name: Mote Cottage
Listing Date: 17 July 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1097320
English Heritage Legacy ID: 84729
Location: Abbotskerswell, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ12
Civil Parish: Abbotskerswell
Built-Up Area: Abbotskerswell
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Abbotskerswell The Blessed Virgin Mary
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 86 NE ABBOTSKERSWELL MAIN STREET
3/25 Mote Cottage
Cottage, formerly probably farmhouse. Early-mid C16, altered in C17, probably
partially reconstructed in C18, modernised in C20. Rendered rubble walls, ½ hipped
thatched roof. 2 rendered rubble lateral stacks with dripcourses, one at front, one
Originally likely to have been 3 room and through-passage which had a central hearth
and was open to the roof at least over the hall and lower end. Ceiled in circa
early C17 with lateral stack added to front of lower room. . The completely
different and later roof structure over the inner room and the lack of early
features at that end suggest that it was considerably reconstructed probably in the
C18; alternatively it is possible that the house originally had a 2 room plan which
was extended at this time, although that would be more unusual. The plan at present
consists of 3 main rooms with the former lower and inner room heated by lateral
stacks, but the central room - the former hall - unusually, is without a
Probably in the C18 a small lean-to outbuilding with external access was added at
the front of the right end of the house.
2 storeys. Asymmetrical 2 window front, 3 on ground floor. Mainly C20 2-light
casements with glazing bars. Single window to right and far right on ground floor;
ground floor left-hand window does not have glazing bars. C20 plank door towards
left-hand end under slate porch hood. Thatched lean-to outbuilding projects to the
right of the stack which is towards the right-hand end.
Interior: A complete 2 bay smoke-blackened roof survives over the lower room
passage and part of the hall. There is a pair of principal rafters which may
originally have been jointed crucks but rest at the front on a template. 1 threaded
purlin, morticed apex with diagonal ridge, the morticed collar has been removed.
The truss appears originally to have had staves in it from the evidence of stave
holes on the soffits of both principal rafters but the equal smoke blackening either
side of the truss shows that it was never completely closed. At the inner room end
of the roof are later substantial clean principal rafters with lapped and pegged
collars. In the lower room the fireplace has a chamfered wood lintel with run out
stops. The cross beams are similarly decorated. The fireplace in the inner room
has been reconstructed in C20.
A photograph of the house at the turn of the century shows the original position of
the door to have been at the left of the front lateral stack.
Listing NGR: SX8576368701
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