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Church Stile Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in East Budleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.656 / 50°39'21"N

Longitude: -3.3224 / 3°19'20"W

OS Eastings: 306616

OS Northings: 84867

OS Grid: SY066848

Mapcode National: GBR P6.NG9Z

Mapcode Global: FRA 37XB.RFT

Plus Code: 9C2RMM4H+92

Entry Name: Church Stile Cottage

Listing Date: 10 February 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1204462

English Heritage Legacy ID: 86286

Location: East Budleigh, East Devon, Devon, EX9

County: Devon

Civil Parish: East Budleigh

Built-Up Area: East Budleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: East Budleigh All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SY 0684
8/86 No. 21 Church Stile Cottage

House. Probably C16 origins but whole house was reorganised and enlarged in the mid
to late C17, modernised in mid C19. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings; stone
rubble stacks with brick chimney shafts, one of them of mid-late C17 brick (unusual
survival for Devon); thatch roofs.
The house apparently originated as a 3-room-and-through-passage plan house facing
onto the High Street to east and with the service end room on the uphill right
(northern) end. In the mid to late C17 the house was enlarged and much rebuilt.
Only a small part of the original rear wall survives behind the former inner room.
The house was broadened to accommodate a double depth plan with new service rooms
and stairwell behind the former hall and inner room. The passage was extended
through the new rear extension. It seems that the projecting front lateral stack to
the hall was built (or rebuilt) at this time. At the same time the service end was
enlarged and built out even deeper than the rest and provided with a massive end
stack. In fact the stack appears to serve back-to-back fireplaces and it seems that
the adjoining block beyond (now Church Cottage (q.v)) was built as a brewhouse or
kitchen at the same time. The house was modernised in the mid C19, probably the
time that Church Cottage was divided off from the main house. At this time the
service end room was divided into two and the front room upgraded to a parlour or
dining room. Behind the inner room there is a block at right angles to the main
range. This was probably a store of C18 or C19 date. It was originally detached
but the circa 1970 it was partly rebuilt and connected to the main house.
Irregular 3-window front of late C18 or early C19 oak flat-faced mullion windows.
All are 3 lights except for a 4-light window first floor left. The ground floor
windows are taller than those on the first floor and all contain rectangular panes
of leaded glass except for 2 lights with glazing bars in the 4-light window. The
front passage doorway is right of centre. It contains a C19 6-panel door with a
contemporary flat hood on shaped brackets. The hall stack has a tiny fire window
looking downhill from the left side and a tall double chimney shaft of C19 brick.
The service end chimney shaft is built of thin mid to late C17 bricks (possibly
imported Dutch). It has soffit-moulded coping and was extended a little with late
C19 brick. The roof is continuous with neighbouring Budleigh House (q.v.) to left
and Church Cottage (q.v.) to right.
Interior. Although nothing shows which definitely predates the mid to late C17
refurbishment parts of the original house may survive behind late plaster.
The partition between the hall and inner room has been knocked out and a C20 beam
inserted. In the inner room section the soffit-chamfered half beam across the end
wall is propped by C20 posts. In the rear wall there is a late C17 - early C18
cupboard with moulded surround, dentil cornice, shaped shelves and panelled doors
hung on H-hinges. In the hall the large soffit-chamfered crossbeam has had its
stops knocked off. The large stone fireplace has chamfered sides but the soffit of
the oak lintel has been cut back. The rear doorway of the passage is C17, oak and
has a chamfered surround. Since the C19 the service end room has been divided into
two. The rear room is now a kitchen with a mid to late C17 soffit-chamfered axial
beam with double bar-scroll stops. In the end wall half of a massive fireplace is
exposed; dressed stone sides and soffit-chamfered oak lintel. The other side of the
partition the rest of the fireplace has been demolished and replaced by a brick
stack with an Adams style chimneypiece.
On the first floor there are several late C17 - early C18 2-panel doors hung on H-L
hinges. The stairs however are C20 and apparently have been turned round so that
they now lead up from the passage rather than the hall. The chamber over the hall
has a small C17 fireplace; its oak lintel is ovolo-moulded with scroll stops. The
chamber over the service end has a C19 grate. Where the internal partitions show
their structure in the roofspace they are timber-framed with cob nogging. The roof
throughout is made up of A-frame trusses in which the rear principals are longer
carrying the roofs lower over the rear rooms. They have pegged lap-jointed collars.
This is an attractive house with an interesting development. It seems that the
adjoining Church Cottage (q.v.) was originally part of the same house. The layout
of the building and its proximity to the church may suggest that this was the
original church house.
Church Stile Cottage is one of an attractive and varied group of buildings, most of
them listed, which line High Street as it rises towards the Church of All Saints

Listing NGR: SY0661684867

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