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Beacon Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in South Zeal, Devon

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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

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106013

English Heritage Legacy ID: 95045

Location: South Tawton, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

District: West Devon

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

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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.
2 storeys.
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-
braced trusses.
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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