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Latitude: 50.8017 / 50°48'6"N
Longitude: -3.8905 / 3°53'25"W
OS Eastings: 266875
OS Northings: 101938
OS Grid: SS668019
Mapcode National: GBR KZ.YS7Z
Mapcode Global: FRA 26RZ.64T
Entry Name: Essington Cottages with Attached Barn to East
Listing Date: 8 October 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1105341
English Heritage Legacy ID: 92981
Location: North Tawton, West Devon, Devon, EX20
District: West Devon
Civil Parish: North Tawton
Built-Up Area: North Tawton
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: North Tawton St Peter
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
NORTH TAWTON ESSINGTON ROAD
SS 60 SE
13/98 Nos. 27 & 29 Essington
Cottages with attached barn
Pair of cottages with attached barn. Early C16 with C17 alterations, probably
divided into 2 in C19. Rendered cob walls. Thatch roof gabled to left end, hipped
to right. One axial brick stack and rendered rubble stack projecting from left
gable end with brick shaft.
Plan: originally 3 rooms with through passage, lower end to the right, open to the
roof at least over the hall which had central hearth. Hall ceiled and fireplace
inserted backing onto passage in circa early C17. Lower end remained unheated but a
fireplace was inserted in the inner room also probably in the C17. The barn beyond
the lower room is probably an C18 addition. When the house was divided into
cottages the lower room was downgraded to outbuilding use.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3-window front. No. 27, left-hand cottage, has
circa early C20 3-light casement on first floor and single light casement below.
C20 gabled porch to left with plank door. Right-hand cottage (No. 29) has 3-light
C20 casements to left on each floor with 2-light window at centre on first floor and
1-light window to left of centre on ground floor. Loading hatch at right-hand end
on first floor. Central C20 porch with part-glazed door. Attached to the house at
the right end is a 1-storey barn with wide central cart entrance.
Interior of No. 29 has chamfered wooden lintel to open fireplace in hall and
chamfered half beam above. Lower room has very heavy cross beam, chamfered with bar
and hollow step stops. At the rear of the passage, now enclosed by a C20 addition,
is an early wooden doorframe with cranked head and heavy plank door.
Roof has been mainly replaced in C20 but over the hall original smoke-blackened
rafters and thatch survive with the remains of one smoke-blackened truss which has
been cut off by the insertion of the stack.
Listing NGR: SS6687501938
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