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St Leonards Cottage (South)

A Grade II* Listed Building in Hartland, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9875 / 50°59'15"N

Longitude: -4.4962 / 4°29'46"W

OS Eastings: 224898

OS Northings: 123869

OS Grid: SS248238

Mapcode National: GBR K4.L2SL

Mapcode Global: FRA 16GH.Q4Z

Plus Code: 9C2QXGQ3+2G

Entry Name: St Leonards Cottage (South)

Listing Date: 19 June 1989

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1166060

English Heritage Legacy ID: 91216

Location: Hartland, Torridge, Devon, EX39

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Hartland

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Hartland St Nectan

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Tagged with: Cottage Thatched cottage

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Small house. Circa 1500, altered in C20. Walls of very small stone rubble. Gable-
ende thatch roof. Brick stack at either end.
Plan: 2-room plan with smaller room to the right and entrance lobby between the
two. No early chimney survives - the right-hand fireplace is an insertion of the
C19 and the left-hand end wall has been rebuilt but may have previously contained an
early stack. Despite its early date the building appears to have been 2 storeys
from the outset although the proportions of the rooms may have bee altered and some
rebuilding of the front may have occured.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Regular 3-window front of C20 2-light casements, some with
small panes. Cl9 plank door to right of centre under contemporary slate hood. The
right-hand side of the front is recessed slightly suggesting some rebuilding. Lean-
to thatched roof C18 or C19 outbuilding against the right-hand end with door at the
front. Rear elevation is notable only for a rare original 2-light timber mullion-
window to right with round-headed lights, now blocked.
Interior: throughout the ground floor are very heavy chamfererd cross beams with
convex diagonal stops. The original roof structure is of considerable interest
consisting of 2 pairs of raised crucks which are not smoke-blackened. The left-hand
truss has a morticed apex with triangular strengthening block below. The right-hand
truss has an unusual apex arrangement with a huge saddle into which the tops of the
principals are morticed with another smaller saddle above it into which the diagonal
ridge is notched. Very close to the saddle is a light morticed collar. The trusses
are of very heavy scantling the front rafter of the right-hand truss has dropped
considerably. This enigmatic building poses many problems of interpretation
deriving mainly from the high quality of carpentry relative to such a small
structure. Its original function is unclear but its close proximity to a chapel
(q.v) of a very similar date suggests a connection between the two and it may have
housed a priest. Alternatively both buildings may be survivals of a much larger

Listing NGR: SS2489823869

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