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Clay's Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Lympstone, Devon

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Latitude: 50.648 / 50°38'52"N

Longitude: -3.4297 / 3°25'46"W

OS Eastings: 299014

OS Northings: 84127

OS Grid: SX990841

Mapcode National: GBR P3.RWVP

Mapcode Global: FRA 37PC.CNG

Entry Name: Clay's Cottage

Listing Date: 21 April 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104206

English Heritage Legacy ID: 88557

Location: Lympstone, East Devon, Devon, EX8

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Lympstone

Built-Up Area: Lympstone

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Lympstone Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

SX 98 SE LYMPSTONE STRAND (north side), Lympstone

5/57 Nos. 2 & 3 Clay's Cottages

Pair of cottages. C15 or early C16, much altered, especially in the C19. Random
rubble plinth, with cob above; brick end wall to left-hand side. Nos. 2 and 3
comprise the hall and inner room respectively of a former 3-room cross-passage plan
house, of which the passage and service end have been demolished. The hall was open
to the roof and is heavily smoke-blackened; the inner room is divided from the hall
by a 2-storeyed partition engaged in a truss, possibly a jointed cruck; the apex of
this truss was not closed, however, except possibly by wattles, and smoke
consequently lightly blackened the inner room side of the truss. A second stage in
the development of the house was the insertion of a smoke bay to the left of the
left-hand truss. The inner room may have been of 2 storeys from its inception, and
later received a rear wing which is heated by an external lateral stone stack. The
medieval roof of the inner room no longer survives and that to the hall has been
superseded by a C19 roof that extends over it. When the first floor was inserted in
the late C16, it was reached by a stair turret to the rear of the hall that now
forms part of no. 1 Clay's Cottages (q.v.). an internal left-hand stack is a late-
C19 insertion. 2 storeys.
Front: 2-window range, with 2-light C19 casement windows under depressed arches.
C20 window to either side of central door to No. 3 left-hand end with 2 C20 windows
to both floors and doorway (to no. 2).
Interior: chamfered ceiling beams, one (to no. 3) with hollow step stops. Framed
partition between hall and inner room.
Roof: 2 medieval trusses, possibly jointed crucks cranked collars, diagonal ridge
piece, trenched purlins and some rafters all smoke blackened.
Smoke bay of cob and wattle, to the passage side of the lower end hall truss. The
hall appears to have been of one bay only.

Listing NGR: SX9901484127

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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