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Latitude: 50.7266 / 50°43'35"N
Longitude: -3.9136 / 3°54'49"W
OS Eastings: 265030
OS Northings: 93631
OS Grid: SX650936
Mapcode National: GBR Q7.8GG6
Mapcode Global: FRA 27P5.346
Plus Code: 9C2RP3GP+JG
Entry Name: Beacon Cottage
Listing Date: 4 March 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1106013
English Heritage Legacy ID: 95045
Location: South Tawton, West Devon, Devon, EX20
Civil Parish: South Tawton
Built-Up Area: South Zeal
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: South Tawton St Andrew
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 6493 - 6593 SOUTH TAWTON SOUTH ZEAL
8/243 Beacon Cottage
Cottage, a part of a larger house. Late C16 - early C17, maybe earlier, refurbished
in late C19 when a larger house was divided into cottages. Plastered granite, maybe
with cob; granite stack topped with C20 brick; thatch roof.
Plan: small 2-room plan cottage in a terrace along the roadside and facing south-
west. Larger right end room has an end stack backing onto the adjoining property.
The cottage is certainly a fragment of a C16 or C17 2 or 3-room-and-through-passage
plan but which part it was is not clear. The evidence is hidden behind the late C19
plaster and the adjoining cottages appear to have been rebuilt with the subdivision.
Exterior: the 2-window front is not really symmetrical. It contains C19 and C20
casements with glazing bars. The largest window, ground floor right, was made by
knocking out the mullions of a late C16 - early C17 granite window. The moulded
reveals are still there, so too is the hoodmould which has illegible initials carved
on the labels. The doorway, just a little left of centre, contains a C20 plank
door. Roof runs between those of the adjoining houses.
Interior: was not available for inspection at the time of this survey. No carpentry
detail is exposed on the ground floor. However the roof is said to be original and
the description of massive curving timbers suggests some form of cruck or even arch-
South Zeal is special being one of the few medieval boroughs in Devon where many of
the C16 and C17 houses still survive to a greater or lesser extent.
Listing NGR: SX6503093631
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