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Church View Cottage and Beggars Roost

A Grade II Listed Building in South Tawton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7343 / 50°44'3"N

Longitude: -3.9095 / 3°54'34"W

OS Eastings: 265343

OS Northings: 94480

OS Grid: SX653944

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.83HV

Mapcode Global: FRA 27P4.JQW

Plus Code: 9C2RP3MR+P5

Entry Name: Church View Cottage and Beggars Roost

Listing Date: 4 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1170922

English Heritage Legacy ID: 95000

Location: South Tawton, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Tawton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Tawton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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4/200 Church View Cottage and
Beggars Roost
2 cottages, formerly a single house. C17, probably earlier core, subdivided in the
C19, modernised circa 1970. Plastered granite stone rubble and cob; cob or granite
stacks topped with plastered brick; thatch roof.
Plan and development: two 2-room plan cottages facing east and built down a
hillslope. Beggars Roost is uphill at the right end and Church View Cottage is down
hill to left. In fact these cottages have been made by subdividing a 4-room-and-
through-passage plan. Beggars Roost occupies the passage, hall and inner room. The
inner room, at the right end, is unheated and the hall has an axial stack backing
onto the passage. Now hall and inner room have been knocked together and the rear
passage doorway is blocked. Church View Cottage occupies the 2 rooms of the former
service end and there is an axial stack between them. The left end room here might
be an addition. Since no features were observed earlier than the C17 its earlier
historic development (as suggested by the plan) is impossible to determine. Both
cottages are 2 storeys with C20 outshots to rear.
Exterior: overall 4-window front of C20 casements with glazing bars. The passage
front doorway (to Beggars Roost) row contains a C20 door behind a contemporary
thatch-roof porch on plain posts. Doorway to Church View Cottage in the left end
wall and contains a similar door. The main roof is hipped to left and is gable-
ended to right.
Interior: only the interior of Beggars Roost was available for inspection at the
time of this survey. Both rooms here have axial beams with neat soffit chamfers.
The large former hall fireplace cheeks are made from single massive slabs of granite
ashlar and the oak lintel is roughly-finished. It has a bread oven to rear. The
roof was not inspected but the bottoms of the straight principals show and indicate
that it is made up of probably C17 A-frame trusses.

Listing NGR: SX6534694482

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