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Latitude: 50.7003 / 50°42'1"N
Longitude: -3.2938 / 3°17'37"W
OS Eastings: 308724
OS Northings: 89763
OS Grid: SY087897
Mapcode National: GBR P7.4J2N
Mapcode Global: FRA 37Z7.BKP
Entry Name: Malthouse Cottage st Marys Cottage
Listing Date: 8 November 1984
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1328747
English Heritage Legacy ID: 352410
Location: Newton Poppleford and Harpford, East Devon, Devon, EX10
District: East Devon
Civil Parish: Newton Poppleford and Harpford
Built-Up Area: Newton Poppleford
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Newton Poppleford St Luke
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SY 08 NE NEWTON POPPLEFORD STATION ROAD,
AND HARPFORD Newton Poppleford
5/88 Malthouse Cottage and St. Marys
2 small cottages occupying what was origianlly a single house. Early or mid C16,
modernised in the late C16 - early C17, rearranged and made into cottages in the
late C19. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings, parts rebuilt with C19 brick;
Malthouse Cottage has an original stone rubble stack, the others are of C19 brick;
slate roofs and that in Malthouse Cottage is laid over the thatch.
2 adjoining 2-room plan cottages facing south. Malthouse Cottage is uphill on the
left (western) side and has a C19 end stack in the party wall serving the left room
and an original rear lateral stack serving the right room. St. Mary's Cottage on
the right has a C19 axial stack serving the left room. In fact each cottage
occupies one room of a former 3-room-and-through-passage plan house. Malthouse
Cottage occupies the former inner room and St. Marys Cottage occupies the former
hall. The former service end has been demolished. In St. Marys Cottage the front
wall has been rebuilt a little further forward than the original and the right end
wall is also a C19 rebuild. Both cottages are 2 storeys.
Each cottage has a 2-window front. Malthouse Cottage front is irregular and
comprises C20 4-pane sashes with C20 door on- left end. The plaster front is scored
as ashlar. St. Marys Cottage front is symmetrical and comprises C20 casements with
shutters. Central C20 door with a semi-circular iron tented hood. The roof is
gable-ended with that of Malthouse Cottage a little higher.
Good interior despite the C19 rearrangement. Malthouse Cottage has an overall 3-bay
ceiling carried on original soffit-chamfered crossbeams with step stops, the same
finish given the oak lintel of the Beerstone fireplace. The roof is carried on
side-pegged jointed cruck-trusses. On the first floor the back of the original
upper hall crosswall is exposed. It is a large-framed closed truss and the king
stud has a kind of patee cross painted onto it, probably put there in the late C16 -
early C17. A section of the rear wall and the left party wall is also oak-framed
and late C16 or C17 work. Because there is framing in the party wall and the
spacing of the trusses does not relate well to the party wall, and because the owner
claims that the roof extended continuously into the adjoining left (west) property
until replaced circa 1960, the original house may well have extended to a fourth
room or be part of a contemporary terrace.
St. Marys Cottage was the former hall. It was originally open to the 2-bay roof.
The open truss is a side-pegged jointed cruck with unchamfered arch-bracing. The
roof is smoke-blackened indicating that the hall was originally open to the roof and
heated by an open hearth fire. The evidence here in the roofspace suggests that a
fireplace was inserted into the hall in the late C16 - early C17. The fireplace no
longer survives but at that time a ceiling was inserted at upper purlin level.
Below this the framed close truss at the upper end of the hall (now the party wall)
was repainted over the smoke-blackening. The timbers were picked out in orange.
This side the full height crosswall can be seen more or less in its entirety. It
comprises an oak plank-and-muntin screen at ground floor level split into 2 bays
either side of a king post rising from the sill to the collar. Above the screen the
crosswall is large-framed. The muntins of the screen are chamfered with cut
diagonal stops and carpenters assembly marks show towards the bottom. It includes
the remains of a blocked shoulder-headed doorway towards the rear. The screen was
painted in the late C16-early C17 and the ancient colour remains substantially
intact, comprising a back ground with cream-coloured stencil designs decorating the
planks which include fleur-de-lys, crown, floral and foliate motifs framed by
chevrons on the muntin chamfers. Otherwise the rest of the cottage was replaced in
These 2 cottages are a classic example of an important late medieval house whose
modernised C19 exterior belies a good and well-preserved C16 interior of high
Source. A 1:50 elevation of the upper hall crosswall by John Thorp and dated
November 1983 in archive of Exeter Museums Archaelogical Field Unit.
Listing NGR: SY0872489763
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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