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Spekes Valley Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Hartland, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9773 / 50°58'38"N

Longitude: -4.5137 / 4°30'49"W

OS Eastings: 223631

OS Northings: 122774

OS Grid: SS236227

Mapcode National: GBR K3.LQCT

Mapcode Global: FRA 16FJ.HCJ

Plus Code: 9C2QXFGP+WG

Entry Name: Spekes Valley Cottage

Listing Date: 19 June 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1166035

English Heritage Legacy ID: 91214

Location: Hartland, Torridge, Devon, EX39

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Hartland

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Hartland St Nectan

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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3/147 Spekes Valley Cottage

- II

Cottage. Possibly C16 remodelled in circa early to mid C17 extended in C19 and C20.
Plastered rubble and cob walls, apparently mainly cob at the rear. Thatch roof
gabled to left end and hipped to the right. Brick axial stack.
Plan: at present 3-room plan but both the outer rooms are additions. The larger
central room is heated by a fireplace at its right end. Evidence in the roof
suggests however, that this may have been inserted into an open hall previously
heated by a central hearth. This may have been a fairly late example of an open
hall judging by the light smoke-blackening in the roof but such a modest house would
quite likely have been built in an archaic form. It is possible that the house may
even be as late as early C17 and was floored over within about a generation of being
built. The small room added at the right end is probably C18 and likely originally
to have been a stable or animal house, it now has a staircase to the rear. The
purpose of the small outshot behind it is unclear. The addition at the left-hand
end was originally of one storey and probably a C19 dairy or similar service room,
it was raised to 2 storeys in the C20.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4-window front of early and mid 1 and 2-light
C20 casements, all in small openings. C20 thatched roof open-fronted porch with C20
plank door behind. Similar door with glazed panel to left of centre. Rear
elevation has outshot to left of centre.
Interior: principal room has a wany chamfered cross-beam. The roof over the
central room consists of one pair of wany straight principal rafters with a small
triangular block at the apex joining the tops of the trusses which are not
themselves morticed to each other. The collar is simply lapped and pegged across
the principals. The whole roof, including battens and underside of the thatch is
lightly and evenly smoke-blackened. Later roof at either end.
This is an unusual survival of a 1-room plan early house.

Listing NGR: SS2362922777

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