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Elmside, Bass's Orchard and Lavender Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Lympstone, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6481 / 50°38'53"N

Longitude: -3.4217 / 3°25'18"W

OS Eastings: 299579

OS Northings: 84126

OS Grid: SX995841

Mapcode National: GBR P3.RZDG

Mapcode Global: FRA 37QC.8RQ

Entry Name: Elmside, Bass's Orchard and Lavender Cottage

Listing Date: 18 November 1977

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1333250

English Heritage Legacy ID: 88534

Location: Lympstone, East Devon, Devon, EX8

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Lympstone

Built-Up Area: Lympstone

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Lympstone Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

5/34 Elmside, Bass's Orchard and
18.ll.77 Lavender Cottage


Row of 3 cottages. Early C16, with some later alterations. Roughcast cob on stone
footings, with an extreme right-hand end extension of random rubble and brick,
plastered; hipped thatched roof. The original plan is difficult to reconstruct;
the 2 left-hand end cottages (Elmside and Bass's Orchard) were open to the roof
which is smoke-blackened, but of atypical construction (see below); Elmside and
Lavender Cottage are divided by a (now internal) cob wall; Lavender Cottage has a
jointed cruck roof, and was of 2 storeys from the beginning; it is possible that it
formed the inner room of a 3-room, cross-passage plan house, with Elmside (now
heated by an external rear lateral stack) functioning formerly as the hall, except
that this would make for an exceptionally long service end. The very primitive roof
construction could indicate that the building was originally a row of cottages, to
which Lavender Cottage was a late C16 addition. 2 storeys.
Front: irregular fenestration. Four 12-pane horizontally sliding sash windows with
wooden sill guide pegs, a 2-light casement window and 2 small C20 single-light
windows to first floor. Wide, possibly C17 or C18 door surrounds to Bass's Orchard
and Lavender Cottage; C20 glazed door to Elmside. 4 sashes as above and two 2-light
casement windows to ground floor. 1 axial stack to Lavender Cottage; another stack
emerging from the front face of the roof of Bass's Orchard; external rear lateral
stacks to Elmside and Bass's Orchard; all stacks with brick shafts, formerly
serving 4 separate cottages.
Interior: roof: long massive diagonal ridge piece supported at each end by large
uprights that appear to extend to ground level, that to the Lavender Cottage end
embedded in a cob wall, possibly a former end wall. Ridge piece supported in the
middle by a jointed cruck. Purlins back on to truss. All original timbers smoke
blackened. Clean jointed cruck, and a late truss crossed at apex, to Lavender
Cottage. Cruck apexes morticed and pegged.

Listing NGR: SX9957984126

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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