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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1104206
English Heritage Legacy ID: 88557
Location: Lympstone, East Devon, Devon, EX8
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
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superseded by a C19 roof that extends over it.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
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