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Town Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Templeton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.915 / 50°54'54"N

Longitude: -3.5845 / 3°35'4"W

OS Eastings: 288706

OS Northings: 114033

OS Grid: SS887140

Mapcode National: GBR LC.QRQD

Mapcode Global: FRA 36CP.CBX

Plus Code: 9C2RWC88+25

Entry Name: Town Cottage

Listing Date: 7 December 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106886

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96841

Location: Templeton, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Templeton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Templeton St Margaret

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Former farmhouse. Circa early C16 origins, remodelled in the late C16 and early C17.
Some C20 alterations. Whitewashed rendered cob and stone rubble; corrugated asbestos
roof (formerly thatched), gabled at right end and brought down as a hip over an
adjoining outbuildings at the left end; projecting left end stack to main block with
bread oven, projecting rear lateral stack with bread oven.
Plan: Present plan single depth, 3 rooms wide with an entrance
passage containing the stair; 2 heated rooms to left of entrance, unheated room to
right of entrance. The origins of the house are a late medieval open hall of 2
phases (medieval roof trusses at different heights). The date of the flooring of the
house is not clear, timbers supporting the floor at the left end appear to be early
C17 but a ground floor doorframe into the inner room could be earlier. The
partitions of the 2 left hand rooms are said to be concrete block and the present
wide entrance passage may have been slightly narrower originally. Single storage
rooms at left and right ends are probably C18 or early C19 additions.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3 window front to main block with a large C20
porch to right of centre with a wide front door; additional door at extreme right
into store room with a glazed window above. First and ground floor windows left are
C20 metal framed. C20 window to ground floor to right of porch; other fenestration
of casement windows of the C18 or C19 with small panes; buttress on front to left of
Interior: The left hand room has a chamfered scroll-stopped crossbeam and exposed
joists, C20 fireplace concealing earlier lintel. The room next right has a partially
blocked fireplace, probably concealing earlier lintel and boxed in cross beams. Good
chamfered doorframe to right hand room which has floor missing.
Roof: Complex roof timbers. 1 sooted truss (probably a jointed cruck) survives at a
lower level than the rest of the roof with the stub of a diagonally-set ridge. A
later roof is carried above this truss, C18 with an X apex and C20 modifications when
the thatch was removed. The studs of a partition project into the roofspace
immediately to the left of this truss and are sooted on the left hand side only.
Beyond the studs there are 2 bays of sooted roof timbers, the main truss also
probably a jointed cruck with a diagonally-set ridge and rafters intact. Closely-
spaced bird's-mouth beams between the front and rear purlins formerly carried a later
plaster ceiling which has collapsed on top of the present ceiling.

Listing NGR: SS8870614033

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