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Museum and Avice's Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Weston, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.5403 / 50°32'25"N

Longitude: -2.4301 / 2°25'48"W

OS Eastings: 369618

OS Northings: 71257

OS Grid: SY696712

Mapcode National: GBR PZ.43TL

Mapcode Global: FRA 57SM.YXD

Plus Code: 9C2VGHR9+4X

Entry Name: Museum and Avice's Cottage

Listing Date: 16 January 1951

Last Amended: 17 May 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1206423

English Heritage Legacy ID: 382073

Location: Portland, Dorset, DT5

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Portland

Built-Up Area: Weston

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Portland All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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SY6871 WAKEHAM, Easton
969-1/4/82 (East side)
16/01/51 No.217
Museum and Avice's Cottage
(Formerly Listed as:
Portland Museum)
(Formerly Listed as:
Avice's Cottage)


Two former cottages now both serving as Portland Museum. No
217 is of the C17 but much modified in the early C19; good
squared and coursed dressed block, thatch roof. Two storeys,
2-windowed. 16-pane C19 sashes in chamfered flush plat
surrounds to wood cills; ground-floor window left formerly
wider, probably 3-light mullioned casement. Central flat
slabbed stone porch with small opening towards street and
plank door on return to S; ground-floor window right was
former doorway. Raised coped verge and slab capping to former
stack, right, big kneeler stones. Blocked 1-light attic
opening to gable return which links to adjoining cottage with
length of wall closing gap to roof slope.
Avice's Cottage is now without floor or partitions, but may
have been cross-passage 2-room plan, returns at right angles
to No 217, squared dressed stone block and thatched roof; one
storey and attic, with coped gable to left over 16-pane sash
under a stopped moulded drip, and at ground floor a similar
window but a 24-pane casement. To right a 20-pane sash, and
cntre a plank door. The front gable carries date stone 1640,
and is coped on large kneelers; the return gable wall, left,
is plain except for small blocked light set low right. Right
end gable is plain, largely covered by a later extension
(nsi). At back No 217 has swept-down extension to door and
single light, and Avice's Cottage has basket-head recess at
mid height and horizontal sliding sash 2x12-pane in flush
surround. Interior of Avice's Cottage, has deep bressumer fire
at W end, with C19 grate, and three small square exits to
flue, and an C18 fire at upper level; copper boiler in NE
corner. No 217 has deep wood bressumer fireplace on stone
cheeks to N wall, with deep recess to left roofed with
close-set beams or thick planks, stone slab floor, stick
baluster stair. The property was a gift to Islanders from Dr.
Marie Stopes in 1929. Its name derives from Thomas Hardy's
'The Well-Beloved', which features three generations of
Avice's on the 'Isle of Slingers'.
(Royal Commission on Historical Monuments: Dorset: London:
1970-: 257).

Listing NGR: SY6961871257

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