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Minchen Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Aylesbeare, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7159 / 50°42'57"N

Longitude: -3.3624 / 3°21'44"W

OS Eastings: 303910

OS Northings: 91586

OS Grid: SY039915

Mapcode National: GBR P5.CHHM

Mapcode Global: FRA 37V5.V6D

Plus Code: 9C2RPJ8Q+92

Entry Name: Minchen Cottage

Listing Date: 11 November 1952

Last Amended: 26 May 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1203301

English Heritage Legacy ID: 352338

Location: Aylesbeare, East Devon, Devon, EX5

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Aylesbeare

Built-Up Area: Aylesbeare

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Aylesbeare Blessed Virgin Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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3/17 Minchen Cottage (formerly
- listed as the Vicarage)


House, formerly a barton possessed by the nuns of St Katherin's Priory,Polsloe,
Exeter, and from 1592 the manor house of Aylesbeare. Late C15-early C16, thoroughly
renovated in 1589 according to datestone, radically reduced in size and rearranged
in early C20, modernised circa 1960. Main block is partly exposed, partly plastered
local stone rubble with some Beerstone ashlar detail, service block of early C20
brick; one stack of Beerstone ashlar, much of it carved, and dressed red sandstone,
the other probably of local stone rubble with early C20 brick shaft.
L-shaped building with the main block facing south-west. The main block includes
the medieval hall, as adapted when it was floored and a front projecting lateral
stalk was added in 1589, deriving from a probable 3-room-and-through-passage plan
house. The passage was on the right (south-eastern) side as evidenced by the
surviving bressumer of the lower end jetty over the passage screen (removed circa
1960). Since the early C20 or before the inner room end has been replaced by a
small single storey lobby, the passage disused and the service end rebuilt. There
is an early C20 single storey service block projecting to front of the service end,
the right (south-eastern) end. The former hall has a front projecting lateral stack
of 1589 and the former service end has a stack between the room there and the C20
service room extension.The main block is 2 storeys.
The main front is most attractive. It is dominated by the hall chimney stack which
is of very high quality. It is built of Beerstone ashlar with some smaller blocks
of red sandstone. A block towards the base is carved with a pair of sunken
quatrefoils. It has ashlar weathered offsets and the shaft uses Beerstone and red
sandstone to create a chequer effect and the Beerstone blocks are carved with
various geometric motifs all round and one on the front is inscribed with the date
1589. Also below the dripcourse is a band of Beerstone carved with quatrefoils
containing various heraldic achievements. There is contemporary work to right with
an exposed stone wall containing a ground floor 3-light Beerstone window with flat-
arched heads, sunken spandrels and hoodmould, and a first floor 3-light Beerstone
gabled half dormer with square-headed lights and a hoodmould ending on the left side
with a sunken quatrefoil instead of a label. Further right is a C20 entrance porch
with the service wing beyond and an early C20 half dormer, the contemporary chimney
shaft and a gable end. To left is the C20 doorway to the lobby which has a red tile
leanto roof against the slate hung gable end of the hall. To rear of the hall is
another Beerstone 3-light window with flat-arch headed lights but here the hood has
been knocked off. The service wing contains C20 windows and door. The inner side
includes 2 reset date plaques; one is inscribed TS 1691, the other WS E 1765.
Interior. Apart from the hall the inside has been completely rebuilt in the C20.
The stack serves both ground and first floor fireplaces; both are Beerstone ashlar
but the former has bead-moulded jambs and a replacement oak lintel (probably C17 or
C18) and the latter has a chamfered surround. Only the lower end jetty bressumer
survives on the ground floor; it is soffit-chamfered with step stops and has traces
of probably early C17 painting, a geometric design incorporating a Biblical text
only part of which is easily legible. The roof over this part is late C15 - early
C16. It is 2 bays with an open side-pegged jointed cruck between similar closed
trusses. It also has single sets of windbraces. Furthermore it is smoke-blackened
indicating that the original hall was open to the roof and heated by an open hearth
Although only a fragment of the early house remains it is of superior quality and
very attractive.
Source: Devon SMR. The Devon Record Office has measured drawings and photographs of
the place made by A W Everett circa 1950 which include an oak plank-and-muntin
screen with early C17 painted decoration at the lower end of the hall. Subsequent
modernisations have otherwise made little difference.

Listing NGR: SY0391091586

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