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Latitude: 50.6494 / 50°38'57"N
Longitude: -3.6168 / 3°37'0"W
OS Eastings: 285794
OS Northings: 84548
OS Grid: SX857845
Mapcode National: GBR QQ.YDGP
Mapcode Global: FRA 379C.BS8
Entry Name: France Brook Cottage francis Cottage
Listing Date: 17 March 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1097817
English Heritage Legacy ID: 85546
Location: Ashton, Teignbridge, Devon, EX6
Civil Parish: Ashton
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Ashton St John the Baptist
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
ASHTON HIGHER ASHTON
SX 88 SE
6/25 Francis Cottage and France Brook
2 cottages, linked by a short covered walkway. Francis Cottage to the left (west) is
probably mid C17, France Brook cottage may originally have been a-workshop and is
probably C18 or early C19 in origin.
Francis Cottage;Plastered cob on stone rubble footings; thatched roof, hipped at
higher (north) end and half-hipped at lower (south) end; axial stack with truncated
Plan: Original plan uncertain but it may have been a single storey and attic 1 room
plan cottage with an integral single cell outshut at the higher (north) end, open to
the roof and subsequently ceiled in the C18 or C19 forming a 2-room plan cottage with
the higher end room remaining single-storey with an unused roofspace above. Doorway
in lower room and blocked doorway on the front (west) side of the higher end room.
At the rear (east) of the lower end room a circa C19 outshut contains the staircase
to the chamber over the lower room.
Exterior: Single-storey and attic. Asymmetrical 2 window (west) front: 2 late C19 or
C20 3-light casements at the centre and to right of centre and a blocked doorway to
left. Lower (south) end: doorway to left with C19-20 plank door and wooden canopy;
early C20 2-light casement to right. Altered chamfered 2 light oak C17 window above.
The thatched roof to right continues down over an outshut at the rear of the lower
Interior: the lower (south) end room has a chamfered cross-beam with bar and hollow
step stops and another light scantling chamfered cross-beam with run-out stops. A
solid cob wall with a chimney stack between the 2 rooms. The stack has a large
fireplace on the lower side with a concealed lintel and a late C19 cast iron grate on
the higher side. Imposed in the front and rear room are the posts of a jointed open
cruck truss which are chamfered on their south faces only and have jowled heads. The
roof space above is not accessible. The roof structure over the lower end can be
seen in the first floor room; there is no truss and the purlins are supported on the
France Brook Cottage Whitewashed rendered cob and stone; deep hipped thatched roof;
probably C20 rear centre stack.
Plan: Rectangular on plan, probably originally a single cell workshop; C20 lean-to at
right (east) end with corrugated asbestos roof.
Exterior: Single-storey and attic. 1 window front, front door into lean-to at right.
1 first floor C20 3-light timber casement with glazing bars, modern C20 ground floor
Interior: not inspected.
Part of a group of small thatched cottages on the roadside.
Listing NGR: SX8579484548
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