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Latitude: 51.0431 / 51°2'35"N
Longitude: -3.7071 / 3°42'25"W
OS Eastings: 280417
OS Northings: 128472
OS Grid: SS804284
Mapcode National: GBR L6.GJNS
Mapcode Global: FRA 363C.CL8
Plus Code: 9C3R27VV+74
Entry Name: Williams Cottage
Listing Date: 24 November 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1288939
English Heritage Legacy ID: 398314
Location: Molland, North Devon, Devon, EX36
Civil Parish: Molland
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Molland St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
20/86 Nos 1 and 2, Williams Cottage
House, now divided. Circa 1500, remodelled in the early C17, and further altered,
partly rebuilt and extended in the mid-C20. Rendered over coursed sandstone rubble
and cob. Gable - ended corrugated asbestos roof, probably formerly thatched.
Corrugated-asbestos to truncated left-hand gable end and over rebuilt lean-to outshut
at lower end. Coursed stone rubble stack to front with chamfered offsets and late
C19 brick ; brick former end stack to right.
Plan and development: Three-room and cross-passage plan, facing south east with
ground falling to left. Late-Medieval open-hall consisting of through passage and
lower end to left, and hall and inner room to right; formerly open to the roof,
probably continuously from end to end and divided by low partitions. C17 remodelling
included the insertion of the first floor, the addition of a large external lateral
stack to the front wall of the hall and the insertion of a winder staircase in
rectangular well in the left-hand rear corner of the hall. End stack probably
inserted in inner room in the C17 too. It is possible that the hall remained open to
the roof after the upper and lower ends were floored. The partition at the lower end
of the hall is unblackened on the lower (left-hand) side but the upper (right-hand)
side was not inspected at time of survey (July 1987). Present kitchen to right of
staircase at rear of hall, possibly created in the C17 or later. The service end was
later converted to agricultural use, probably at some time on the C19 but was brought
back into domestic use in the mid C20 when it was reduced by one storey. Until then
the front door to the left-hand house was off the cross passage. The house was
divided, probably also in the C19 and the right-hand cottage was extended by one room
to the right in the mid - C20. Two storeys with rebuilt left-hand end of one storey.
Exterior: Asymmetrical front. 4 first-floor windows and 3 ground floor windows ; late
C19 and mid-C20 two-and 3-light wooden casements. Rebuilt service end to left with
pair of C20 two-light wooden casements. C20 half-glazed cross-passage doorway off-
centre to left, approached by 4 stone steps. Half-glazed C20 door between second and
third windows from right with C20 gabled porch.
Interior: C17 ceiling in hall has 2 deep-chamfered cross beams and half beams with
stepped runout stops. Fireplace in front wall with old wooden lintel and C19
overmantel. Window to left of fireplace with wider (older) jambs and chamfered and
stopped wooden lintel over, contemporary with ceiling frame. C17 oak winder stair in
left-hand rear corner of hall; old boarded door at foot of stairs and old pantry
door, both with old strap hinges.
Roofspace only partly inspected at time of survey (1987). Smoke-blackened late-
Medieval roof, including 2 cruck trusses (probably jointed) with cambered collars and
mortice and tenoned apices, one at upper end of hall and one over hall in line with
left-hand side of stack. Diagonally-set ridge-piece, unsupported at lower end of
hall, suggesting that the medieval roof formerly extended over the service end of the
house. Purlins not fully visible at time of survey. Partitions extending into
roofspace, one at each end of hall. The partition at the lower end of the hall is
unblackened on the lower (left-hand) side (right-hand side not visible at time of
survey), probably an insertion as the old roof is blackened to either side of it.
Partition at upper end of hall roof not clearly visible at time of survey. C20 truss
at lower end of cross passage and late C20 roof construction above the Medieval roof.
Listing NGR: SS8041728472
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