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HER Number:MDV37126
Name:Brownings Cottage, Briton Street Lane, Dunsford

Summary

Small cottage. 17th century or earlier, alterations of the 1950s. Whitewashed rendered cob on stone rubble footings; asbestos slate roof (formerly thatched), gabled at ends. The present plan is an interesting survival of what was a carpenter's shop at the left end with an adjacent small 17th century single depth cottage, at the right end. Two rooms to cottage. Single storey to the left now a sitting room originally carpenter's shop, two storey to centre and right.
Considerable survival of 17th century carpentry and joinery for such a small building. Brownings cottage is a rare survival of a single-storey craftsman's shop with a small adjoining 17th century cottage. It is one of three early houses on the east side of Briton Street Lane which leads up to the centre of Dunsford village. See List for full details.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 813 889
Map Sheet:SX88NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDunsford
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishDUNSFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX88NW/121
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CARPENTERS WORKSHOP (Built, XVI to XVII - 1600 AD to 1699 AD (Between))
  • COTTAGE NON SPECIFIC (Built, XVI to XVII - 1600 AD to 1699 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1986, Dunsford, 32 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV340721.

Brownings Cottage, Briton Street Lane, Dunsford. Small cottage. 17th century or earlier, alterations of the 1950s. Whitewashed rendered cob on stone rubble footings; asbestos slate roof (formerly thatched), gabled at ends; left end stack, axial stack.
The present plan is an interesting survival of what was a carpenter's shop at the left end with an adjacent small 17th century single depth cottage, at the right end. Two rooms to cottage.
Single storey to the left now a sitting room originally carpenter's shop, two storey to centre and right.
Considerable survival of 17th century carpentry and joinery for such a small building. The hall fireplace has been partly blocked by a 20th century grate but the fireplace has a chamfered timber lintel resting on a stone rubble jamb at the front wall. No access to roof space at time of survey (1985) but no principal rafters are visible in the first floor rooms and it seems likely that they have been replaced. Brownings cottage is a rare survival of a single-storey craftsman's shop with a small adjoining 17th century cottage. It is one of three early houses on the east side of Briton Street Lane which leads up to the centre of Dunsford village. See List for full details.


Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

House is depicted on the modern mapping.


Historic England, 2017, National Heritage List for England, 1288388 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359963.

DUNSFORD BRITON STREET LANE, (east side), SX 88 NW Dunsford - 6/38 Brownings Cottage - 30.6.61 - GV II
Small cottage. C17 or earlier origins, alterations of the 1950s. Whitewashed rendered cob on stone rubble footings; asbestos slate roof (formerly thatched), gabled at ends; left end stack, axial stack.
The present plan is an interesting survival of what was a carpenter's shop at the left end with an adjacent small C17 single depth cottage, at the right end. The cottage has 2 rooms, the principal room is a hall to the left heated by a stack backing on to a cross entry (opposed front and rear doors), which may originally have been a passage, the right-hand (lower end) partition missing. The hall has a winder stair against the rear wall in line with the stack. A small room to the right of the cross entry may have been a store. The former carpenter's shop at the left end is now used as a sitting room but is still single storey; it may be a later addition to the cottage but a pegged doorway between the cottage and the shop suggests that it is probably no later than the C18 and it is likely to have had a separate entrance on the front before the present C20 door was inserted. In the 1950s the thatch was replaced and the eaves have since been raised.
Single storey to the left, 2 storey to the centre and right. Irregular 2-window front with no first floor windows to the front elevation. To the right of the axial stack the roof is brought down as a pentice over a cambered chamfered doorframe with a plank and cover strip front door. To the right of the front door the half-room is slightly advanced and clad with weatherboarding. To the left a half-glazed C20 front door into the former carpenter's shop is flanked by 2-light casements, 4 panes per light, the right-hand casement lighting the hall which has a large semi-circular projecting bread oven to the axial stack.
Interior considerable survival of C17 carpentry and joinery for such a small building. The hall fireplace has been partly blocked by a C20 grate but the fireplace has a chamfered timber lintel resting on a stone rubble jamb at the front wall. A chamfered half beam with bar stops in front of the stack may indicate a jetty. There is a similar half-beam against the wall between the hall and carpenter's shop. The lintel over the doorway into the hall between the stack and the stair is chamfered and stopped and a chamfered doorway with step stops on the first floor leads into the right-hand first floor room. A large chamfered cross beam marks the right-hand side of the cross entry and the half-room has exposed joists. No access to roofspace at time of survey (1985) but no principal rafters are visible in the first floor rooms and it seems likely that they have been replaced.
Brownings Cottage is a rare survival of a single-storey craftsman's shop with a small adjoining C17 cottage. It is one of 3 early houses on the east side of Briton Street Lan which leads up to the centre of Dunsford village.
Listing NGR: SX8135588960

Sources / Further Reading

SDV340721List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Dunsford. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 32.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #89334 ]
SDV359963National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2017. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1288388.

Associated Monuments

MDV37127Related to: Doone Cottage, Dunsford (Building)
MDV37125Related to: Rosebank, Briton Street Lane, Dunsford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Mar 24 2017 3:27PM