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The Old Library and Whitmore Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Stokenham, Devon

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Latitude: 50.2742 / 50°16'27"N

Longitude: -3.6751 / 3°40'30"W

OS Eastings: 280726

OS Northings: 42925

OS Grid: SX807429

Mapcode National: GBR QN.49HL

Mapcode Global: FRA 3869.L1H

Entry Name: The Old Library and Whitmore Cottage

Listing Date: 26 January 1967

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1107944

English Heritage Legacy ID: 100006

Location: Stokenham, South Hams, Devon, TQ7

County: Devon

District: South Hams

Civil Parish: Stokenham

Built-Up Area: Stokenham

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Stokenham St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

SX8042 The Old Library and
14/222 Whitmore Cottage


Probably originally an agricultural building converted into 2 cottages one
of which was formerly the reading room. Probably C18, converted in Cl9 and
early C20. Plastered stone rubble and possibly some cob. Thatched roof
with gabled ends and eyebrow eaves. Stone rubble stacks at gable ends with
slate weathered set-offs heightened in brick.
Plan: Pair of cottages with gable end stacks, originally an agricultural
building. While the right hand section was converted into a 2 storey 1-room
plan cottage the left hand part is said to have remained open and used as a
reading room, later to be floored and converted into a cottage.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical. 2:2 window range, more widely spaced
to left (The Old Library). All C20 2-light casements, except for late Cl9
3-light casement with glazing bars on ground floor left. Large C20 canted
bay window with thatched roof to the left of centre (The Old Library) with
late Cl9 panelled door to its left with C20 canopy above underbuilt with C20
porch. Doorway to right of centre (Whitmore Cottage) is in wide opening
with cambered timber lintel and has C20 door and casement to its right.
Interior: Only Whitmore Cottage was inspected. It has large stone rubble
fireplace with rough unchamfered cambered timber lintel and oven buried in
the side; later ceiling joists. Roof apace inaccessible but principals
appear to be straight.
Kelly's Directory of 1889 refers to "There is a Reading Room erected and
furnished by A.F. Holdsworth Esq. for the use of parishioners". (A.F.
Holdsworth of Widdicombe House qv).

Listing NGR: SX8072642925

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