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Bush Cottage and Bargains Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Spreyton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7558 / 50°45'20"N

Longitude: -3.8464 / 3°50'46"W

OS Eastings: 269859

OS Northings: 96761

OS Grid: SX698967

Mapcode National: GBR QB.SMPM

Mapcode Global: FRA 27T2.Z6Y

Plus Code: 9C2RQ543+8F

Entry Name: Bush Cottage and Bargains Cottage

Listing Date: 4 March 1988

Last Amended: 9 September 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1172090

English Heritage Legacy ID: 95092

Location: Spreyton, West Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Spreyton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Spreyton St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


1588/1/283 SPREYTON

(Formerly listed as:


A range of cottages comprising Bush Cottage and Bargains Cottage, with elements dating from the C18 (possibly earlier) with alterations and extensions in the C19 and C20.

MATERIALS: The range of buildings is predominantly built of cob and is clad in render. Bush Cottage has a thatched roof and Bargains Cottage has a slate roof.

PLAN: The range of cottages is 'L'-shaped and set back from the road. To the east, Bush Cottage has a projecting south gable whereas Bargains Cottage has a simple rectangular plan aligned east-west.

EXTERIOR: Bush Cottage is a two-storey thatched property which is accessed via a porched entrance within the east elevation. The projecting north gable of Bush Cottage has an asymmetrical fa├žade containing one metal-framed casement on the ground-floor and two timber three-light casements on the first-floor. The rear (south) elevation and the southern gable have metal framed casements.

Within the north elevation connecting Bush Cottage and Bargains Cottage is a metal-framed casement at the ground-floor level beneath the thatch roof. To the west, beneath the slate roof, the principal elevation of Bargains Cottage contains a centrally-located stack and a doorway within three small casements in the ground floor. Bargains Cottage does not contain any openings within the first floor of the north elevation.

INTERIOR: Internally, Bargains Cottage contains a large central brick and cob stack with a bread oven within the north corner. Timber stairs are located to the north with the central bay of this property and gives access to two rooms at first-floor level which are separated by the central stack.

The original roof structure which would have held the thatch survives beneath the current roof structure and is formed with a hip to the west. No internal inspection was possible for Bush Cottage.

HISTORY: Bush Cottage appears to be one end of a former larger cross-wing house which has been truncated and subsequently extended. The attached later extension, known as Bargains Barn, does not possess special interest.

Bush Cottage and Bargains Cottage are designated at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:

* This range of cottages preserves elements of a cross-wing house dating no later than the C18
* The cob and thatch construction of the main range represents an increasingly rare survival of this type of construction

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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