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Latitude: 54.619 / 54°37'8"N
Longitude: -3.3006 / 3°18'2"W
OS Eastings: 316111
OS Northings: 525652
OS Grid: NY161256
Mapcode National: GBR 5HD0.6Z
Mapcode Global: WH704.85JB
Entry Name: Kent Cottage
Listing Date: 17 March 2004
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1390842
English Heritage Legacy ID: 490631
Location: Lorton, Allerdale, Cumbria, CA13
Civil Parish: Lorton
Traditional County: Cumberland
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria
Church of England Parish: Lorton St Cuthbert
Church of England Diocese: Carlisle
803/0/10004 HIGH LORTON
17-MAR-04 Kent Cottage
Small house. Late C18,incorporating elements of an earlier dwelling , and now with minor C20 alterations. Rubble stone with painted render coat to front elevation, gable chimneys and a slate roof covering.
PLAN: Continuous rear offshut plan, the offshut accommodating the stair and the ground floor service rooms.
EXTERIOR: Near-symmetrical front elevation of 2 storeys and 2 bays, with central doorway enclosed within later gabled open porch. 4-panel front door with pointed heads to upper panels. Flanking the doorway are stacked 6 over 6 pane sash windows within painted dressed stone surrounds. Rear elevation now partially enclosed within late C20 greenhouse, but with 2-light mullioned window to ground floor kitchen and 2 over 2 pane sash to stair landing.
INTERIOR: 2 ground floor rooms each with late C18 hearth surrounds, that to left-hand living room with moulded mantle shelf and added C19 brick oven to left. Parlour with smaller hearth with moulded surround. Both rooms retain wide late C18 3-panel doors. The wall between the kitchen and the living room incorporates a re-sited spice cupboard. Stair within rear offshut has stone steps, slender turned balusters and a moulded ramped handrail. Flanking walls incorporate windows for borrowed light. Upper floor bedrooms with plank doors and small contemporary hearths. Forms a group with 'Midtown'(q.v.)to the north.
SOURCE: Brunskill, R.W. Traditional Buildings of Cumbria. pp 77-79. 2002.
Kent Cottage is of special architectural interest as a little altered and well-preserved example of a continuous rear offshut plan house, retaining much original historic fabric and contemporary fixtures and fittings. The continuous rear offshut is recognised as a characteristic Cumbrian vernacular plan type for the period 1730 to 1830. It has strong group value with the adjacent listed 'Midtown'.
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