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River Cottage

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bitterley, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.3936 / 52°23'37"N

Longitude: -2.6742 / 2°40'27"W

OS Eastings: 354215

OS Northings: 277504

OS Grid: SO542775

Mapcode National: GBR BM.QBBJ

Mapcode Global: VH844.L3LC

Entry Name: River Cottage

Listing Date: 29 February 2000

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1383679

English Heritage Legacy ID: 484111

Location: Bitterley, Shropshire, SY8

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Bitterley

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Bitterley with Middleton

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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Listing Text


482-1/5/96 House approximately 100 metres to
south-east of Brook House


Formerly known as: No.1 Brookhouse Cottage Middleton.
House. Medieval, with C17 and C19 alterations. Timber-frame on
rubble plinth, and brick. Plain-tile roof. Integral stone
gable-end stack with brick shaft. 3-bay cruck-framed hall
house range.
EXTERIOR: single-storey and attic. Entrance in gable to
south-east; stone stack with brick additions and doorway to
right. Weatherboarded frame over. Left return side: square-
and rectangular-panelled framing 2 panels high with brick and
wattle infill, framed window opening. Framing masked to left
by lean-to. Right return side: C19 brick with oak-framed
mullion window, dormer with 2-light casement. Rear gable-end:
brick, with 2-light casement with brick segmental arch, at
both floors.
INTERIOR: bay 1 (north) has ground-floor lateral cross-frame
of door post, middle rail, chamfered and arched door-head,
slots for board infill. Simple large section floor joists. C19
winder staircase. Single trenched-purlin roof with swept wind
brace. Diagonal ridge. Rafters to south pitch raised and
restored. North internal truss of 2 full cruck blades,
diminishing backing-rafters, notched and pegged upper and
lower collars, inserted stud and middle rail and boarded door
below collar, low tie beam with 3 posts to sill plate with
middle rails and doorway. Infilled with wattle and daub at
attic level and with butt-jointed boards at lower level.
Ground-floor frame chamfered to bay 1, and moulded to bay 2.
Bay 2 (central): pair of swept braces to south with lapped
truss connection. Former open hall with inserted C17 floor of
deep-chamfered bridging beam and cross-beam set on
deep-chamfered planted rail. South internal truss of 2 full
cruck blades, backing rafters, notched and pegged upper and
lower collars. Truss partly infilled by later stack with C19
cast-iron attic-floor fireplace, and ground-floor inglenook
with chamfered mantlebeam with ogee stops and central
check-mould, C19 cast-iron range inserted in inglenook.
Bay 3: inserted C17 stone stack. Rubble bread oven to
south-west. Single swept brace with lapped truss connection.
End truss obscured by later finishes.
Good example of the evolution of a small medieval rural house
unmodified since the C19.

Listing NGR: SO5421577504

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