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HER Number:MDV37419
Name:Pludda Thatch and Little Reeds, Bovey Tracey


A pair of cottages located off the south side of Station Road. They were probably originally a farmhouse dating from the 16th century or possibly earlier.


Grid Reference:SX 811 781
Map Sheet:SX87NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBovey Tracey
Ecclesiastical ParishBOVEY TRACEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87NW/194
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Built, XV to XVI - 1401 AD to 1600 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1986, Bovey Tracey, 72 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV297013.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

Pludda Thatch and Little Reeds. Pair of cottages, probably a farmhouse originally. C16, or possibly late medieval, with C20 addition at rear of Pludda Thatch. Solid roughcast walls of stone or cob. Thatched roof, half-hipped at left-hand end. Each cottage has a large projecting chimneystack in rear wall with later shaft on top, each stack having an added shaft. The Pludda Thatch stack also has a tapered top, disguised by later additions, with a projecting course of stone below it. At north-east corner of Pludda Thatch a small C19 or C20 rendered stack. Original plan is not clear, but Little Reeds (to right) probably has the former hall and inner room; this cottage now has 2 heated rooms in ground storey with a straight flight of stairs between them. 2 storeys. Front is 5 windows wide, all except the right-hand ground-storey window (altered in C20) having C19 or early C20 wood casements with small panes. Pludda Thatch has its doorway in third bay from left; old plank door with inserted window, porch with thin rendered walls (probably of brick) and thatched lean-to roof. To right of it in each storey 2 windows, irregularly placed, each of 2 lights with 6 panes per light. Above it a 2-light window with 3 panes per light, rising into the thatch. To right of it in ground storey 2 windows of 2 lights with 6 panes per light; between the windows is a large buttress with splayed top. The front doorway of Little Reeds is in the second bay from the right and has an old plank door with inserted window. In the second storey the right-hand window is of 2 lights with 3 panes per light; the second window from right is of 4 lights, also with 3 panes per light. The right- hand gable has 3 C19 or early C20 wood casements, each of 2 lights with 2 panes per light; 2 are in second storey, 1 off-centre to right of ground storey. A smaller window, probably of C20, in centre of ground storey. At right-hand end an old plank door with inserted window; glazed lean-to porch, probably of C19, with corrugated asbestos roof. Rear windows of both cottages are C19 or early C20 wood casements with small panes. Interior of Little Reeds has large granite fireplace in rear wall of left-hand room; this is hollow-moulded with very worn pyramid stops and has a flat lintel made of a single piece of stone. Rectangular stone opening at back, formerly serving an oven. The 2 cottages have a complete, common roof, which appears to be smoke-blackened, although the thatch has been renewed. The trusses have threaded purlins and ridge- piece, the purlins chamfered with run-out stops. Collars have mostly been removed, but 1 truss retains a cranked collar. The foot of 1 principal rafter is partly exposed, showing the edge of a jointed cruck. To right of the staircase is a closed truss with wattle-and-daub infill in position. Interior of Pludda Thatch not inspected.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV297013List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Bovey Tracey. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 72.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #89500 ]
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 10 2016 3:22PM