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Tavy Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Bow, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8009 / 50°48'3"N

Longitude: -3.8147 / 3°48'52"W

OS Eastings: 272217

OS Northings: 101718

OS Grid: SS722017

Mapcode National: GBR L2.YTP5

Mapcode Global: FRA 26WZ.CPL

Plus Code: 9C2RR52P+94

Entry Name: Tavy Cottage

Listing Date: 20 November 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1107015

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96540

Location: Bow, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Bow

Built-Up Area: Bow

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bow (or Nymet Tracey) with Broad Nymet

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Tagged with: Thatched cottage

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SS 70 SW

BOW (south side)
Tavy Cottage


House, once part of a larger house. Probably early C16 with C17 and late C17-early
C18 improvements. Plastered cob on rubble footings; stone rubble stacks with C20
brick tops; thatch roof.
2-room and central through passage plan house facing north with axial stack in party
wall to left (east) and end stack to right (west) end. It is thought to occupy the
hall and inner room of an early passage and service room now divided off as
Godfrey's Cottage (q.v.). 2 storeys. Irregular front with 3 ground floor and 2
first floor windows, all C20 casements with rectangular panes of leaded glass and
C20 external shutters. C20 4-panel front door right of centre. Roof is gable-ended
to right and continuous with adjoining Godfrey's Cottage (q.v.) to left.
Good interior: the through passage probably dates from C17 or C18 subdivision of
early C16 house. To hall on left side is a full height cob crosswall. Hall has
original early C16 roof structure. It is 2 bays with a side-pegged jointed cruck
truss and small curving windbraces to purlins. Roof is smoke-blackened indicating
that the original hall at least was open to the roof and served by an open hearth
fire. Roof over putative inner room inaccessible. The hall was given rubble
fireplace with plain oak lintel probably in late C16 or early C17. It was floored
in early-mid C17 with chamfered and scroll stopped crossbeam. Newel stair alcove to
right of fireplace was rebuilt in C19 but still has a late C17-early C18 plank door
with applied 2-panel front with strap hinges. In front wall is small C18 cupboard
with its panelled door on H-hinges. The panel is now glass. In right room an early
C17 axial beam is chamfered with 1 surviving late step stop. Fireplace here is

Listing NGR: SS7221701718

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