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Latitude: 50.6741 / 50°40'26"N
Longitude: -3.8268 / 3°49'36"W
OS Eastings: 271011
OS Northings: 87637
OS Grid: SX710876
Mapcode National: GBR QD.4ST7
Mapcode Global: FRA 27W9.6Y0
Entry Name: Westcott Cottage
Listing Date: 16 September 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1308806
English Heritage Legacy ID: 94610
Location: Chagford, West Devon, Devon, TQ13
District: West Devon
Civil Parish: Chagford
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Chagford St Michael
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 78 NW CHAGFORD
4/81 Westcott Cottage
House. Early C16 with C17 improvements; C20 kitchen extension. Coursed blocks of
granite ashlar with massive quoins and some granite stone rubble patching; granite
stacks, the original 1 with a granite ashlar chimney shaft; thatch roof, slate to
Plan and development: 2-room plan cottage facing east. The larger right (northern)
room has an end stack and the smaller left room has a rear lateral stack. Kitchen
extension projecting to rear of left room. The original hall house was open to the
roof from end to end, divided by low partitions and heated by an open hearth fire.
House was floored probably in the early C17 when the end stack was inserted. Rear
lateral stack could be as late as C19. 2 storeys.
Exterior: not quite symmetrical 3-window front of C20 casements with glazing bars
and central doorway contains C20 French window. Roof is gable-ended. Right end wall
is blind and has late C19-early C20 store with leanto corrugated iron roof against
it. Left end wall includes a first floor C17 2-light granite window with chamfered
mullion, plain hoodmould and contains rectangular panes of leaded glass.
Interior. The oldest feature is the early C16 3-bay roof. Both are A-frame trusses
but the right (northern) one has chamfered arch-braces. The butt purlins are
chamfered with runout stops. The whole roof including the underside of the thatch is
smoke-blackened from an open hearth fire. Probably in the early C17 the house was
floored and the end stack added. The crossbeams are soffit-chamfered, the right one
with straight cut stops at the front end only. There is no indication of where
contemporary partitions were. The ground floor fireplace is now blocked by a C20
grate (if indeed there was one here earlier). Above, at first floor level, 2 granite
ashlar corbels project from the wall; hollow-chamfered on their inner soffit edges.
These are probably the remains of a hooded fireplace.
This is a fascinating house. The late medieval roof is the most sophisticated
example of carpentry from that time in the parish and yet it is quite a small house.
If the corbels indicate a hooded fireplace it may have been converted to some kind of
first floor hall. Another explanation may be that it was a wing of nearby Westcott
Farmhouse (q.v.), but there is no evidence to prove this. There is an irregular
joint on the back wall and much of it is patched with granite stone rubble but the
ashlar masonry seems to indicate that the original house was the same size as the
Listing NGR: SX7101187637
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