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Bolberry Cottage, the Cottage and Sunnyholme

A Grade II Listed Building in Chulmleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9134 / 50°54'48"N

Longitude: -3.8696 / 3°52'10"W

OS Eastings: 268662

OS Northings: 114321

OS Grid: SS686143

Mapcode National: GBR KZ.QRJD

Mapcode Global: FRA 26SP.G9F

Plus Code: 9C2RW47J+95

Entry Name: Bolberry Cottage, the Cottage and Sunnyholme

Listing Date: 29 March 1978

Last Amended: 25 October 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106682

English Heritage Legacy ID: 97279

Location: Chulmleigh, North Devon, Devon, EX18

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Chulmleigh

Built-Up Area: Chulmleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Chulmleigh St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 6814-6914
(west side), Chumleigh
7/102 Bolberry Cottage, The Cottage and
29.3.78 Sunnyholme (formerly listed as
range of 3 cottages north of Bass
3 adjoining cottages, originally single tenement. C16 but accurate dating obscured
by replacement of roof structure in early C20. Painted rendered stone rubble and
cob. Slate roof with gable ends. 2 front lateral stacks to lower end and hall
demolished in C20, that to left replaced with small brick stack. Rear lateral stack
to upper end with tapered cap and drip.
Plan: Conforms to overall 3 room and through-passage plan, with lower end to left,
except that inner room has been divided into 2 forming the partition wall between The
Cottage and Sunnyholme at right end. Hall side of screens passage forms partition
between Bolberry and the Cottage. Bolberry Cottage therefore incorporates the lower
end and through-passage of the tenement, with a staircase inserted at the rear right
side of passage and C20 extension added at the rear; The Cottage incorporates the
hall and part of the inner room, with direct entry into the latter. Early C19
staircase to rear left-hand corner of hall providing access also to late C18/early
C19 gable-ended outbuilding at right angles to rear of range, the loft of which has
now been taken in to form part of the dwelling. Sunnyholme at the right end
incorporates the upper end of the inner room forming a small 1 room cottage with
staircase in the rear right-hand corner and C20 outshut at rear.
Devlopment: although conforming perfectly to a classic 3-room and through-passage
there are 2 problems of interpretation. The first concerns the relationship of the
tenement with the Malthouse (q.v.) which adjoins the lower end of Bolberry Cottage.
The heavily concealed smoke-blackened truss to the right gable end of the Malthouse
and its unusual plan form suggested the house may originally have extended further to
the right, but the insertion of a brick gable end wall on the Bolberry Cottage side
of the truss obscures the evidence for this. The second problem concerns the removal
of the original roof structure of all the 3 cottages in circa 1907. However, the
stub of an apparently smoke-blackened ridge survives on the inner room side of the
solid cob partition wall between the hall and inner room. This, together with the
fact that the bressumer at the upper end of the hall is awkwardly supported on a
chamfered and scroll-stopped timber post suggests that the range was originally open
to the roof, the floors and stacks being a later insertion.
The division of the inner room to form the small cottage appears to have occured in
the C18, the single fireplace being converted to 2 adjacent ones across the angles of
the partition and rear wall. Bolberry Cottage appears to have been divided off at a
later date, probably in the C19.
Exterior: 2 storeys. 5 window range in all. Bolberry Cottage has a C17 3 light
mullion window and a C19 3-light casement, both 3 panes per light above a 4 paned
sash to left of C20 door and a narrow single light 2 paned window. The Cottage has a
4-paned sash and a 2 light casement, 3 panes per light above a C17 3 light ovolo
mullion window 3 panes per light to left and a small canted bay window with 2 light
casement 2 panes per light to right of door with 3 panelled base and 2 glazed upper
panels. Sunnyholme has a 3 light casement 3 panes per light on each floor to right
of C19 plank door.
Interior: Bolberry Cottage has plank and muntin screens surviving to each side of
through-passage, the centrally positioned 4-centred arched doorways with chamfered
surrounds have been blocked on both sides, and a new doorway formed adjacent to the
blocked doorway on the lower side. The end bay of the screen on the lower side of
the passage is wide enough for a doorway, similar to the screen at Silver House, East
Street (q.v.) the headrail being unchamfered over this section, but the sill is
comparatively unworn. The muntins to both screens are chamfered on the lower end
side only. Original fireplace lintel probably concealed behind C20 chimneypiece.
Elaborate staircase inserted in C20 but incorporating C19 turned newels and
balusters. The Cottage has single cross beam to hall with a wide hollow chamfer and
bressumer at upper end of hall supported centrally on chamfered timber post with
scroll-stops at the base of the chamfers, the head mortice indicating it is integral
with the bressumer. Partially exposed wide timber lintel to hall fireplace. C19
ledged 2 plank doors to staircase and stair cupboard. C19 dado panelling to hall and
inner room. Cobbled floor to attached rear outbuilding. The fireplaces to The
Cottage and Sunnyholme sharing the rear lateral stack have rounded backs, that to The
Cottage has a shouldered head, that to Sunnyholme has a thin chamfered fireplace
lintel with diagonal cut stops. Step C19 staircase to rear right-hand corner of
Sunnyholme. The interiors of all these cottages, including the upper storeys have
remained comparatively unspoilt since the late C19. Roof structure entirely replaced
circa 1907, but apparently smoke-blackened stub of the ridge purlin survives to inner
room side of solid cob wall partition between hall and inner room.

Listing NGR: SS6866214321

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