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Wistaria Cottage, St Georges Cottage and The Old Post Office

A Grade II Listed Building in Down St. Mary, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8261 / 50°49'33"N

Longitude: -3.7859 / 3°47'9"W

OS Eastings: 274314

OS Northings: 104471

OS Grid: SS743044

Mapcode National: GBR L3.X8QD

Mapcode Global: FRA 26YX.BX9

Plus Code: 9C2RR6G7+CM

Entry Name: Wistaria Cottage, St Georges Cottage and The Old Post Office

Listing Date: 20 November 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1259936

English Heritage Legacy ID: 442059

ID on this website: 101259936

Location: Down St Mary, Mid Devon, EX17

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Down St. Mary

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Down St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 20/06/2018

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Wistaria Cottage, St Georges Cottage and The Old Post Office

(Formerly listed as Wisteria Cottage, St Georges and Marydowne)

Three cottages. Circa 1870-1880. Partly exposed rubble, partly plastered rubble, partly brick (now whitewashed); stone rubble stacks with plastered rubble chimney shafts; red tile roof.

Row of three contemporary cottages facing north east (backing on to churchyard) with irregular plans and built to appear as though it results from different periods.Wistaria Cottage at left (south east) end is two rooms deep with door in left gable end and axial stack in party wall with adjoining St Georges Cottage. St Georges Cottage comprises entrance lobby with large room with axial stack in party wall with adjoining The Old Post Office which also shares the same stack. The Old Post Office has two room plan, the right end (north western) room with end stack.

Two storeys. Tudor Gothic cottages ornee. Irregular frontage is largely original. Windows have heavy shoulder-headed timber frames containing casements with glazing bars and with timber ovolo-moulded hoods. Similar door frames include sunken spandrels. The stone front of Wistaria Cottage has an original single light window on each floor and an inserted C20 casement on first floor right. St Georges Cottage and adjoining half of The Old Post Office have unified original front comprising three ground floor single light windows, two first floor gabled half dormers in same style with single light to right and two-lights to left, doorway right of centre (to St Georges Cottage) and recessed niche above with hoodmould. The plastered front is enriched with two horizontal bands and a cornice of ornamental sgraffito plasterwork. Using layers of buff, blue grey and red plaster repeating patterns both floral and geometric have been picked out. The shoulder-headed niche includes an attractive heraldic achievement in sgraffito plasterwork. This section and Wistaria Cottage have continuous gable-ended roof with large plastered chimney shafts with soffit moulded coping. At right end is a brick pilaster buttress and right end room of The Old Post Office has brick front and includes original doorway with C20 curving bay window to right and original first floor single light window. It has a hipped roof leaning against gable end of main block and plain brick chimney shaft. Left gable end (Wistaria Cottage) has original doorway and C20 casements. Rear elevation is mostly exposed rubble including C20 casements but two original windows to St Georges Cottage.

An interesting and attractive row of cottages and important for its revival of ornamental sgraffito plasterwork. They were undoubtedly built by W.T.A Radford who was squire, parson, patron and incumbent and also a founder member of the Exeter Diocesan Architectural Society. He had a great interest in surface treatment and proposed a sgraffito plasterwork revival although this is the only C19 domestic example known in Devon.

Source Devon C19 Church Project

Listing NGR: SS7431404471

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