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Latitude: 50.779 / 50°46'44"N
Longitude: -3.2295 / 3°13'46"W
OS Eastings: 313412
OS Northings: 98431
OS Grid: SY134984
Mapcode National: GBR P8.Q9HR
Mapcode Global: FRA 4731.5N1
Plus Code: 9C2RQQHC+H6
Entry Name: 1 and 2 Beaumont Cottages
Listing Date: 22 February 1955
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1280973
English Heritage Legacy ID: 87156
Location: Gittisham, East Devon, Devon, EX14
District: East Devon
Civil Parish: Gittisham
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Gittisham St Michael
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
GITTISHAM GITTISHAM (north side)
SY 19 NW
7/154 Nos 1 and 2 Beaumont Cottages
2 adjoining estate cottages. Probably late C16 origins, originally part of the
Beaumont charity, derived from a legacy of £800 left by Henry Beaumont of Combe
House, who died in 1590. The cottages were sold later and land was purchased from
which pensions are still paid. Stone rubble, rendered below the eaves; thatched roof
with a plain ridge, hipped at the right end, gabled at the left end; left end stack
and axial stack.
Plan: Single depth main range, facing south, with a probably later rear outshut. No
2, to the left, is one room on plan with a winder stack adjacent to the left end
stack and a rear service room in the outshut. No. 1 is presumably 2 rooms on plan
(interior not inspected on survey) with an outshut at the right end. The range may
have contained 3 cottages at one time, matching Nos. 3 and 4 (formerly 3 cottages)
which are in a parallel range to the rear.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window front, the eaves thatch swept down to the
right. C19 panelled front door to the right of No. 2, C19 or early C20 plank door to
No. 1. Set of 2- and 4-light small-pane timber casements, probably C19; fire
insurance sign above front door of No. 2.
Interior: No. 2 has 2 chamfered crossbeams on the ground floor with bar stops and an
open fireplace with chamfered jambs and a replaced lintel; the winder stair rises in
the north-west corner adjacent to the stack. No. 1 is also likely to retain interior
features of interest.
Roof: On the first floor of No. 2 the feet of 2 side-pegged jointed cruck trusses of
slender scantling are visible. Purlin ends from the roof structure of No. 1 show in
the east partition wall, suggesting that the roof structure is not continuous; the
roof structure of No. 1 is also likely to be of interest.
A well-preserved pair of cottages with good interior features. These cottages form a
good small group with Nos. 3 and 4 to the rear, with a small courtyard between: they
are also in a crucial position in the centre of an exceptionally unspoiled village of
traditional thatched houses.
Listing NGR: SY1341298431
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