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Cator higher Cator

A Grade II Listed Building in Widecombe in the Moor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.5764 / 50°34'34"N

Longitude: -3.8613 / 3°51'40"W

OS Eastings: 268305

OS Northings: 76834

OS Grid: SX683768

Mapcode National: GBR Q9.Z3TR

Mapcode Global: FRA 27SJ.ZFV

Entry Name: Cator higher Cator

Listing Date: 3 November 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1241425

English Heritage Legacy ID: 440430

Location: Widecombe in the Moor, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

Civil Parish: Widecombe in the Moor

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Widecombe-in-the-Moor St Pancras

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

1/138 Cator and Higher Cator

- II

Former longhouse, now extended and divided into 2 houses. C16 with later additions.
Shippon at south end rebuilt in C20; north end extended, with lean-to on west side,
in C20. A long lean-to on west side, probably mostly of C18 or early C19; parts of
it could be earlier. Granite rubble. The original house-part is thatched; present
owners say the lowest layer of thatch has not been removed in their time. Granite
rubble chimneystack on each gable; that on south (heating former hall) is of small
stones and has a tapered cap that on north is of larger stones but with a plain top.
The other roofs are covered with asbestos slates, except for the lean-to on west
(facing road), which has real slates. The basic plan appears to be the traditional
3-room one, but with a long inner room at the north end; this has now been sub-
divided, leaving a cross-passage on the south and a smaller room (now part of Higher
Cator) on the north. The hall has its stack backing on to shippon (on the south)
with a winding staircase in a shallow turret beside the stack on the east. There is
now no cross-passage at the north end of the shippon, but one is reported to have
existed before this end of the building collapsed in early C20. 2 storeys; lean-
tos single-storeyed. East front, facing garden, is 4 windows wide in the old house-
part. Windows are mostly C19 wood casements with 2 or 3 panes per light, but left-
hand second-storey window is early or mid C18; it is of 3 lights with lightly-
moulded wood mullions, the 2 outer lights having diamond-shaped leaded panes of old
glass. At left-hand end is the slightly projecting, rounded stair turret with a
single, small stone-framed window. The front wall of the hall to right is built out
almost level with the turret. To right of this again is the doorway into the
inserted cross-passage; it has a C20 stone porch with a re-used segmental-arched
granite doorway brought from a barn at Huccaby Farm, Lydford. The windows flanking
the porch in ground storey have granite lintels, that to right being chamfered. The
C20 lean-to at right-hand end has an early C16 stone window-head with 2 moulded
round-arched lights, brought from Lizwell Farm, Widecombe; the left half of the
left light is a restoration. The west front, facing the road, is almost entirely
concealed by the lean-to, which has mostly small-paned wood casement windows, except
for 2 C20 metal casements at the right-hand end. Higher Cator (to left) has an old
plank door. Cator has an old chamfered granite doorway with a flattened 4-centred
arch; this was brought from Peak Hill farm, near Yelverton. To left of it is a
small square window (now blocked) with hollow-moulded granite jambs extending almost
the full height of the opening. Beneath it is an old granite mounting-block with 3
Interior: Hall has chamfered upper-floor beams with straight-cut stops; plain
joists. Fireplace has hollow-moulded right jamb and lintel of granite. Left jamb
rebuilt; in this side is an oven with stone-framed opening. To left is the winding
staircase with granite steps. Stone wall at upper end, rising only through ground
storey. Inner room not inspected (except for the inserted passage); owner says
gable-fireplaces on both floors (now blocked in) have plain granite lintels. Former
shippon has original drain, now floored over. Back of hall stack, facing former
cross-passage, is plain. House-part has old roof-trusses with plain feet; no
inspection hatch to roof-space.
Source: information from the owners, Sir Guy and Lady Sayer.

Listing NGR: SX6830576834

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

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