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Church House and Almshouses

A Grade II Listed Building in Winkleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8557 / 50°51'20"N

Longitude: -3.9436 / 3°56'36"W

OS Eastings: 263294

OS Northings: 108043

OS Grid: SS632080

Mapcode National: GBR KW.VJS7

Mapcode Global: FRA 26MV.3GF

Plus Code: 9C2RV344+7H

Entry Name: Church House and Almshouses

Listing Date: 10 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104550

English Heritage Legacy ID: 90974

Location: Winkleigh, Torridge, Devon, EX19

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Winkleigh

Built-Up Area: Winkleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Winkleigh All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Tagged with: Almshouse Thatched cottage

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SS 6308
11/183 Church House and Almshouses
Pair of houses formerly church house and reputedly almshouses. According to sources
the church house was built in 1535 at the cost of £28 - 14s - 4d. Restored in late
C20. Partly rendered cob and rubble walls. Thatch roof gabled to left end, half-
hipped to right. 3 brick stacks: one at left gable-end and 2 axial - the right-
hand one larger constructed of older bricks.
Plan: the plan has been considerably altered during the late C20 restoration but
can be partially deduced from G. W. Copeland's description in "Devonshire Church
Houses" written in the mid C20 before the restoration. The building is in fact in 2
distinct parts with the church house section to the left and it is unclear whether
the 2 parts are coeval or what was the purpose of the right-hand part which is
reputed to have been an almshouse. In the typical form the church house, according
to Copeland, consisted of the standard large room on the 1st floor, although more
unusually heated by 2 gable-end fireplaces. This room was entered by a doorway on
the north, churchyard side. On the ground floor were 2 larger heated rooms, the
left-hand one with an oven so presumably the kitchen, and between them was a small
store room. This plan also complies with other church houses. The right-hand
cottage appears to be of 2-room plan, each heated by a central axial stack with
lobby entry in front of it.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4:2 window front all of late C20 diamond leaded-
pane 3-light casements. Church house to left has roughly central C20 plank door
under thatch doorhood supported on wooden poles. Almshouse has central C20 plank
door, directly in front of axial stack. Rear elevation facing onto a churchyard is
virtually blank apart from doorway at right-hand end approached by old granite
Interior: Church House only accessible at time of survey. Right-hand room on
ground floor has fireplace with chamfered and jewel-stopped wooden lintel.
Chamfered unstopped ceiling beams throughout ground floor rooms. Smaller fireplace
at right-hand end on 1st floor has cambered wooden lintel, chamfered with similar
stops. The fireplaces at the left-hand end survive in more altered forms and may in
fact be later insertions. The roof structure has been completely renewed in Church
House but imitating an early C17 construction form which apparently it replaces. It
is unclear whether the roof in Almshouse was also replaced - if not the C17
structure may survive, and other early features could also exist.
Source: G. W. Copeland - "Devonshire Church Houses Part IV "T.D.A."

Listing NGR: SS6329508040

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