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Downrew Cottages

A Grade II Listed Building in Bishop's Tawton, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0428 / 51°2'33"N

Longitude: -4.0092 / 4°0'33"W

OS Eastings: 259241

OS Northings: 128967

OS Grid: SS592289

Mapcode National: GBR KT.GL4G

Mapcode Global: FRA 26HC.7X9

Plus Code: 9C3Q2XVR+48

Entry Name: Downrew Cottages

Listing Date: 18 March 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1107718

English Heritage Legacy ID: 98482

Location: Bishop's Tawton, North Devon, Devon, EX32

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Bishop's Tawton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bishops Tawton

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 52 NE
10/4 Downrew Cottages

Farmhouse, now private dwelling in 2 occupations. Late C15 or early C16 with C17
alterations. Rendered stone and cob with asbestos slate roof with gable ends to
front range, hipped to rear extension. 3 cell through-passage plan, formerly an
open hall house. A right-angled rear extension at the left end, formerly an
outbuilding has been taken into the left hand cottage, the division of the house
into two occupations leaving the plan largely unaffected, the through-passage
becoming fossilized with the closing off of the internal access from it to the hall
and lower end. The whole lower end may once have accommodated animals. Axial hall
stack backs onto through-passage with bread oven projecting into the passage.
Additional stacks inserted across the corners at each end of the front range.
2 storeys. 3 window range, that to right side is gabled half dormer. Plank door
to through-passage. C16 rear through-passage doorway with shouldered jambs and
gentle ogee head.
Interior: 2 panelled door to staircase inserted in lower end, but ceiling beams
very roughly chamfered. Hall beams are set along rather than across the hall, that
bedded close to front wall has elaborately stopped ovolo moulding to its inner
ariss. C19 chimney piece to originally wider hearth with doorway access to flue to
right. 2 panelled door to former stair turret to rear of hall. Keel stops to
chamfered inner room beam. Medieval roof structure substantially intact. 4 raised
cruck trusses with cranked collars, all jointed except for the truss closest to the
axial stack on the lower side which has uninterrupted blades reducing in section
above and below the collar. Trenched purlins and diagonally set ridge purlin with
most of the rafters survive. The truss directly over the upper end of the hall is
closed with part cob, part lath and plaster partition, smoke-blackened on its inner
face only. The truss and rafters over the inner room have been replaced but the
thickness of the wall dividing hall and inner room suggests that the latter may
always have been floored over. Equal degrees of smoke-blackening to the hall and
lower end roof structure suggests that these were floored over at the same time.

Listing NGR: SS5924128967

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