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Hensleigh Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Tiverton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9036 / 50°54'12"N

Longitude: -3.5095 / 3°30'34"W

OS Eastings: 293954

OS Northings: 112654

OS Grid: SS939126

Mapcode National: GBR LH.R6QZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 36JQ.BKZ

Plus Code: 9C2RWF3R+C5

Entry Name: Hensleigh Cottage

Listing Date: 14 December 1972

Last Amended: 10 April 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1384714

English Heritage Legacy ID: 485171

Location: Tiverton, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Tiverton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Tiverton St Paul, West Exe

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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848-1/4/85 Hensleigh Cottage
(Formerly Listed as:
Hensleigh Cottage)


Estate house, possibly built as a dower house. Early/mid C18,
remodelled early/mid C19.
MATERIALS: incised stucco and render; dry slate hipped roof;
rendered stacks, each stack with 4 old square clay pots: 2
lateral rear stacks and an axial stack central to rear wing.
PLAN: original plan with 2-rooms at the front flanking a
central entrance leading to stair hall within a rear wing at
right angles, plus rear outshut on the right; extended by
1-room plan rear of this, probably mid C19, and by small wing
at right angles to this, probably later C19; there is a C20
conservatory opposite this, left of the main wing.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys; symmetrical 5-window front. Late C19
4-pane hornless sashes within moulded architraves, the sashes
set flush with the wall surface (as are the other windows).
Central doorway with original doorcase with Tuscan pilasters
and open pediment; cobweb fanlight over original fielded
panelled door.
In front of the doorway is a C19 Tuscan porch with the sides
of muntin and plank construction (compare Lower Bradley
Farmhouse qv).
Left-hand return has a late C19 canted bay; 4-window-range
elevation of wing set back left of this has some early and mid
C19 12-pane sashes, some with small horns.
There are more early and mid C19 sashes and casements lighting
the rear outshut and right-hand wall of wing, and there is
another original door with fielded panels into the wing near
the angle.
INTERIOR: original panelled right-hand room with fielded
panels and moulded cornice, doorcases, panelled doors,
elliptical-arched niche and chimneypiece; original oak dog-leg
staircase with turned balusters, ramped handrail and panelled
There are also some good early and mid C19 features including:
panelled window shutters with inner beads and moulded plaster
ceiling cornice to left-hand room and moulded cornice and
panelled shutters to room behind. Bay window to front
left-hand room has vertically-sliding shutters. Service stair
at rear is mid/late C19 with stick balusters.
Hensleigh Cottage is particularly notable for its C18 panelled
room and staircase, also, the design feature of having the
windows flush with the wall surface is a rare survival of C17
and early C18 practice (compare Hensleigh Farmhouse qv).

Listing NGR: SS9395412654

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