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HER Number:MDV123072
Name:Jolly Lane Cot, Huccaby


Jolly Lane Cottage or 'Jolly Cot' dates to 1835 and is said to have been the last cottage 'built in a day' on Dartmoor (according to tradition at the time, if a cot was built in a day with a fire in the hearth by nightfall, the builders gained squatter's rights to claim the dwelling). Depicted on the Tithe Map and later 19th century historic map, it has been updated and extended in the 20th century.


Grid Reference:SX 656 727
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Archive: 3208

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COTTAGE NON SPECIFIC (Built, XIX - 1835 AD? to 1839 AD (Between))

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

Cottage is depicted on the Tithe Map; 1086 on the apportionment. Rectangular dwelling, aligned north-south, parallel to the road, where it forms a dog-leg bend.

Anning, E. W., 1860-1921, Image of Jolly Cot, Huccaby (Article in Serial). SDV364195.

(Unknown date) Image of Jolly Cot, Huccaby in the Western Daily Mercury.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Late 19th century historic map shows the cottage, apparently unchanged from the Tithe Map.

Dartmoor Trust, 2017-2021, Dartmoor Archive, 05/03/2021, Record 3208 (Website). SDV360491.

Image of Jolly Lane Cot dated 1889 included in the Dartmoor Archive. Jolly Lane Cot was built by Thomas Satterley in 1835. The cottage was allegedly built and occupied in one day as Thomas's father-in-law wished to remarry and provide a home for his new wife. The local farmers refused to help but while they were absent at a festival the labourers got together and built the house. By the time the farmers returned the father had already lit a fire in the completed house. By the law at that time this constituted a freeholding and so he could not be dispossessed.
Cot is a single storey, low building with thatched roof and chimney at the right gable (north end of building). Central doorway with window either side. Outbuilding partly obscures view of the house.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

'Jolly Lane Cottage' is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV360491Website: Dartmoor Trust. 2017-2021. Dartmoor Archive. http://www.dartmoorarchive.org. Website. 05/03/2021, Record 3208.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #113566 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV130245Related to: Building south-east of Jolly Lane Cottage, Huccaby (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 16 2021 2:23PM