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Conen Cottage oak Apple Cottage primrose Cottage the Cottage

A Grade II* Listed Building in Newton Poppleford, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7003 / 50°42'1"N

Longitude: -3.293 / 3°17'34"W

OS Eastings: 308779

OS Northings: 89758

OS Grid: SY087897

Mapcode National: GBR P7.4J97

Mapcode Global: FRA 37Z7.BWL

Entry Name: Conen Cottage oak Apple Cottage primrose Cottage the Cottage

Listing Date: 30 June 1961

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1141373

English Heritage Legacy ID: 352406

Location: Newton Poppleford and Harpford, East Devon, Devon, EX10

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Newton Poppleford and Harpford

Built-Up Area: Newton Poppleford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Newton Poppleford St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

AND HARPFORD Newton Poppleford
5/84 Nos. 1 (Oak Apple Cottage),
30.6.61 2 (Conan Cottage), 3 (Primrose
Cottage) and 4 (The Cottage)

Row of 4 small cottages in what was once a single large house. Probably early C17
with later C17 alterations; rearranged and divided into cottages probably in the
late C18-early C19. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings; 2 stacks of plastered
stone (probably ashlar) with original ashlar chimney shafts exposed, another of cob
and a fourth of stone rubble or brick, the last 2 topped with plastered C20 brick;
slate roof (formerly thatch).
The creation of the present row of four 1-room plan cottages caused a rearrangement
of the original house and has done much to disguise its layout. Nevertheless it
appears that the original was a large 3- or 4-room-and-through-passage plan house
facing north with the inner room at the left (eastern) end (No.1). The end stack
here has been rebuilt in the C20. The hall, which appears to have been floored from
the beginning and has a large lateral stack projecting from the front, is now
occupied by No.2 and the adjoining passage of No.1. The through passage appears to
survive in situ. It and the first of 2 service end rooms which also has a large
projecting front lateral stack is now occupied by No.3, and No.4 occupies the second
service end room. It has a projecting end stack built of cob and probably late C17
in date. The original staircase no longer survives although a curious beam
arrangement in No.2 might suggest that it rose from the lower end of the hall. All
the cottages have C20 rear outshots and that belonging to No.2 is 2 storeys. The
main block is 2 storeys throughout and apparently has been so since the beginning.
Irregular overall 6-window front of mostly C20 casements with glazing bars but
including 2 original windows at first floor level at the left end (No.4); they are
oak-framed and 3 lights with ovolo-moulded mullions. All except one of the first
floor windows are half-dormers with flat roofs. No.1 has a C20 front door, No.2 a
C19 part-glazed, panelled front door with overlight and No.3 has the original front
passage doorway, a wide oak frame with flat-arched head containing a C20 plank door.
No.4 has a C20 door in the right end wall. The 2 original stacks project boldly
from the front and appear wholly original. Both have weathered offsets and tall
ashlar chimney shafts. The hall stack (No.2) has a double shaft and ground floor
fire windows on either side, the right one is arch-headed and may be the doorway of
a removed oven. The other stack, to the inner service room in No.3, is most unusual
in that it was built to include a projecting oriel bay, as shown by the chamfered
plinth which continues right across below the window. The window itself is C20 but
has an oak frame around with pegs showing the positions of the original mullions.
The roof is gable-ended. In the right end wall (No.4) there is an oak 2-light
window frame with a chamfered mullion, probably late C17.
Interior. Despite the internal rearrangement caused by subdivision the original
fabric appears to be relatively well-preserved and, unusual in Devon, appears to be
all early C17. The arrangement of the roof trusses implies that the building once
extended further both ends and this might explain why the end stacks are secondary.
All the rooms have soffit-chamfered and scroll-stopped beams but those in the hall
(No.2) and inner service room (No.3) have broader chamfers and larger stops denoting
higher status for these rooms. Only the oak-framed partition between the service
end rooms (now party wall between Nos. 3 and 4) is partly exposed but other original
framed crosswalls and the original passage screens probably survive behind C19 and
C20 plaster. The inner service end room fireplace (in No.3) has been rebuilt in the
C20 like the end fireplaces. In the hall however (No.2) the originals survive on
the ground and first floors. The former is large with Beerstone jambs and soffit-
chamfered oak lintel; the latter is small with Beerstone jambs and oak lintel and a
double hollow-chamfered moulded surround with urn stops. There is a curious beam
arrangement in the hall. The passage side crossbeam of the two here does not span
the full width of the building. Instead it is supported on an oak post well short
of the rear wall. This, however, appears deliberate since the rear end is neatly
scroll-stopped. This may be because the original stairs rose behind. The original
roof is intact from end to end and is supported on 7 side-pegged jointed cruck
trusses with cambered collars morticed, tenoned and pegged to the principals and
carrying 2 sets of massive threaded purlins and a ridge. It is completely clean.
This row of cottages is very attractive and typical of the Devon vernacular with its
plastered walls and large projecting stacks. It is however a single phase early C17
building which is unusual for the county. The original house is also unusually
large and may once have been even larger. Further discoveries may require a
reassessment of the above interpretation.
According to the owners it was once a school and before that the Paradise Inn.

Listing NGR: SY0877989758

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