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Gretal Cottage the Towan House

A Grade II Listed Building in Poltimore, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7627 / 50°45'45"N

Longitude: -3.469 / 3°28'8"W

OS Eastings: 296491

OS Northings: 96934

OS Grid: SX964969

Mapcode National: GBR P2.CBPN

Mapcode Global: FRA 37M2.8CP

Plus Code: 9C2RQG7J+3C

Entry Name: Gretal Cottage the Towan House

Listing Date: 30 June 1961

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1171063

English Heritage Legacy ID: 88471

Location: Poltimore, East Devon, Devon, EX4

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Poltimore

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Poltimore with Huxham

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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5/158 The Towan House and
- Gretal Cottage
- II

House and outbuilding now 2 houses. Mid C17 with later modifications. Cob,
stone plinth, rendered; hipped and half hipped wheat reed thatched roof to the
Towan House, 2 storeys, and Gretal Cottage, single storeyed. The Towan House
probably originally a 3 room, cross-passage plan; Gretal Cottage possibly a
former farmbuilding attached to the present Towan House. Internal right-hand end
stack and rear external stack, both with brick shafts. Front: The Towan House
with scattered fenestration; planked door with moulded surround under C19 slate,
gabled, boarded porch supported by shaped struts; large stair-turret bulge to
left with single-light window now deeply inset; two 2-light windows to first
floor, 1 single-light and one 2-light window to ground floor. All timber
casements, C20. Gretal Cottage with planked door under C19 slate-roofed porch
supported by timber posts; to the left a 3-light window with 10 leaded panes to
each light, and retaining its ring catch, all C18. 2-light C20 casement window
to right. Rear of The Towan House with three 2-light windows above, 2 below; one
entrance, 3 buttresses. C20 right-hand lean-to extension. Interior: The Towan
House : left-hand room with chamfered beam and fireplace with timber lintel,
chamfered with scroll stop, stone jambs, and back with remains of oven; lath and
plaster screen divides this from the adjoining room (Hall) which has a beam
morticed to receive tenons of a screen now destroyed. Staircase insitu. Coat of
arms dated 1666 (possibly 1686). Roof: visible only from upper rooms : 3
principals, trenched purlins, collar side pegged and morticed. Raised floor
level between Hall and adjoining rooms. One door with fielded panels. Gretal
Cottage roof of 2 principals, one reinforced.

Listing NGR: SX9649196934

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