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Porch Cottage

A Grade II* Listed Building in Copplestone, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8097 / 50°48'34"N

Longitude: -3.7456 / 3°44'44"W

OS Eastings: 277107

OS Northings: 102582

OS Grid: SS771025

Mapcode National: GBR L5.Y6Y5

Mapcode Global: FRA 361Y.NKV

Plus Code: 9C2RR753+VQ

Entry Name: Porch Cottage

Listing Date: 26 August 1965

Last Amended: 20 November 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1262034

English Heritage Legacy ID: 436086

Location: Copplestone, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Copplestone

Built-Up Area: Copplestone

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Down St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Porch Cottage (formerly listed as Porch House)


House. Early-mid C17, possibly earlier core. Plastered cob on rubble footings;
stone rubble stacks topped with C20 brick; thatch roof.
3-room-and-through-passage plan house facing north with inner room at right (west)
end. Hall has rear lateral stack and service end room has end stack. 2-storey
porch with outshot alongside to left. 2 storeys.
2-window front to right of porch. C19 casements with glazing bars on ground floor,
that to right with external glazing or security bars. Both first floor windows
have original oak frames with chamfered reveals but central mullions are missing.
Slate-roofed outshot to left of porch has late C19-early C20 casement with glazing
bars. Porch has gabled roof. It is original and largely intact. Outer oak arch
has a fillet-ogee moulded surround with very worn but recognisable urn stops.
There are benches either side. Original front doorway has oak frame with
chamfered and scroll-stopped surround and contains an old plank door. First floor
porch window is a late C19-early C20 casement but projecting sill on shaped oak
brackets is C17 and remains from original small oriel window there. The
bargeboards under the gable are also original and are enriched with 2 rows of
shallow modillions and at apex is an open pendant. Porch has many parallels with
contemporary porch at nearby Chaffcombe Farmhouse, Down St Mary (q.v.). Main roof
is gable-ended.
Good interior: there is no passage-service end screen and probably never was.
Service end roan has soffit-chamfered and scroll-stopped crossbeam. Fireplace
largely rebuilt with cambered oak lintel. Hall has soffit-chamfered crossbeams
with bar-scroll stops and here too the fireplace has been rebuilt. Upper end of
hall has an oak plank-and-muntin screen, its muntins chamfered with scroll stops
over bench level. All the features are consistently early-mid C17 in date. The
first floor and roof were not available for inspection at the time of survey but
the late medieval plan-form may indicate that earlier features might survive. Even
so this is a well-preserved and little modernised early-mid C17 house with sane
superior carpentry detail.

Listing NGR: SS7710702582

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