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HER Number:MDV37278
Name:Compass Cottage, Honeysuckle and Little Thatch, Higher Brimley


Compass Cottage, Chiffchaffs and Little Thatch a row of three cottages which may originally have been a farmhouse built in the late 15th or early 16th century with later additions and alterations


Grid Reference:SX 796 767
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NE/220
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COTTAGE NON SPECIFIC (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

The middle cottage is shown as 'Chiffchaffs' on modern mapping.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

Compass Cottage, Honeysuckle and Little Thatch. Three cottages, probably a single farmhouse originally. Late 16th or 17th century with additions at the rear. Roughcast, solid walls; the left-hand gable wall is of exposed cob, and the adjacent front wall of compass cottage is probably of the same material. Thatched roof, hipped at left-hand end. In rear wall to left (behind Compass Cottage) is a large granite chimney stack. In centre of rear wall (behind Honeysuckle) is a large, old projecting stack, slightly tapered. On right-hand gable (of Little Thatch) is a smaller rendered stack. Original plan uncertain, but the building is long enough to have had the traditional three rooms and a through-passage; the centre cottage, honeysuckle, looks like the hall of such a house. Two storeys. Four-window front with 20th century windows, except at Compass Cottage; this has a 2-light 19th century wood casement in each storey with two panes per light. All three cottages have 20th century doors with thatched hoods. Two 20th century buttresses support the front wall of Little Thatch.
Interior of Honeysuckle has an ovolo-moulded upper floor beam laid parallel to the ridge. In rear wall of ground storey room is a large fireplace with chamfered wood lintel having a step-stop at left end, although the chamfer runs on past the jamb on the right; jambs are of plain stonework. Compass Cottage appears to have large fireplace in rear of ground storey room, this having a moulded wood lintel; chamfered upper floor beam parallel to ridge. Roof timbers exposed in upstairs room. Little Thatch is said to have no exposed early features, but these almost certainly exist, concealed under plaster.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #89433 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV108524Part of: Higher Brimley Settlement, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV37279Related to: Apple Tree Cottage, Higher Brimley (Building)
MDV37277Related to: Barn Cottage, Higher Brimley (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 28 2014 9:23AM