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HER Number:MDV40357
Name:Strongs or Strangs Cottage, Dry Lane, Christow

Summary

House with circa early 16th century origins, remodelled in the 17th century, some late 20th century alterations. Whitewashed rendered cob; thatched roof, hipped at left end, gabled at right end; left end stack with rendered shaft, axial stack with granite shaft, rear right lateral stack. A late Medieval open hall house in origin, remodelled in the early 17th century as a three room and through passage plan house, lower end to the right, hall stack backing onto passage. Roof has two side-pegged jointed cruck trusses with a diagonally-set ridge and is thoroughly smoke-blackened and complete with sooted rafters, battens and thatch over hall and lower end. An evolved house of Medieval origins, group value with Wells and Pale farmhouses.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 830 853
Map Sheet:SX88NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChristow
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishCHRISTOW

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX88NW/168
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HALL HOUSE (Constructed, Late Medieval - 1401 AD to 1539 AD (Between))
  • CROSS PASSAGE HOUSE (Altered, XVI to XVII - 1600 AD to 1650 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

L-shaped building shown to the south of 'Well' farmstead on 19th century Tithe Map.


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

Shown as an L-shaped building on 19th century map with a small rectangular building attached to the north-east and a large rectangular building to the south-east.


Department of Environment, 1988, Christow, 79 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV308409.

Strongs cottage, Dry Lane. House. Circa early 16th century origins, remodelled in the 17th century, some late 20th century alterations. Whitewashed rendered cob; thatched roof, hipped at left end, gabled at right end; left end stack with rendered shaft, axial stack with granite shaft, rear right lateral stack.
Plan: a Late Medieval open hall house in origin, remodelled in the early 17th century as a three room and through passage plan house, lower end to the right, hall stack backing onto passage. In the late 20th century a dog-leg stone stair has been introduced into the passage.
Exterior: two storeys. Asymmetrical three window front, the eaves thatch eyebrowed over the three first floor windows; 20th century door to left of centre, former doorway to through passage to right of centre replaced by window; 20th century fenestration including metal-framed windows in enlarged embrasures. Rear elevation blind except for one first floor 2-light casement; gabled 20th century porch to rear of through passage. The left return of the house has three granite corbels of unknown function, projecting from the end wall about 1 metre from the ground.
Interior: good survival of 16th and 17th century carpentry and joinery. The granite ashlar back of the hall fireplace with plinth and cornice shows in the passage, remainder of hall/passage partition made up of oak plank and muntin screen with a doorframe with a chamfered segmental arched lintel. The passage has exposed chamfered stopped joists some truncated for the insertion of the 20th century stair. Oak plank and muntin screen between passage and lower end room with a doorframe with a chamfered segmental arched lintel. The hall has an open fireplace with granite jambs and lintel, a 19th century brick-lined bread oven, muntin screen at the higher end with chamfered muntins. Good shouldered doorframe in screen to inner room. The narrow inner room has a blocked fireplace, screen plastered-over on inner room side. The lower end room has a chamfered crossbeam and open fireplace with a replaced lintel.
Roof: two side-pegged jointed cruck trusses with a diagonally-set ridge. Apex of roof not inspected throughout but thoroughly smoke-blackened and complete with sooted rafters, battens and thatch over hall and lower end, and likely to be sooted throughout its length. An evolved house of Medieval origins, group value with Wells and Pale farmhouses.


White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads, Strongs Cottage (Un-published). SDV352501.

Strongs Cottage may be a former threshing barn.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Shown as 'Strangs Cottage' on modern mapping.


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

Strongs cottage, Dry Lane. House. Circa early 16th century origins, remodelled in the 17th century, some late 20th century alterations. Whitewashed rendered cob; thatched roof, hipped at left end, gabled at right end; left end stack with rendered shaft, axial stack with granite shaft, rear right lateral stack.
Plan: a Late Medieval open hall house in origin, remodelled in the early 17th century as a three room and through passage plan house, lower end to the right, hall stack backing onto passage. In the late 20th century a dog-leg stone stair has been introduced into the passage.
Exterior: two storeys. Asymmetrical three window front, the eaves thatch eyebrowed over the three first floor windows; 20th century door to left of centre, former doorway to through passage to right of centre replaced by window; 20th century fenestration including metal-framed windows in enlarged embrasures. Rear elevation blind except for one first floor 2-light casement; gabled 20th century porch to rear of through passage. The left return of the house has three granite corbels of unknown function, projecting from the end wall about 1 metre from the ground.
Interior: good survival of 16th and 17th century carpentry and joinery. The granite ashlar back of the hall fireplace with plinth and cornice shows in the passage, remainder of hall/passage partition made up of oak plank and muntin screen with a doorframe with a chamfered segmental arched lintel. The passage has exposed chamfered stopped joists some truncated for the insertion of the 20th century stair. Oak plank and muntin screen between passage and lower end room with a doorframe with a chamfered segmental arched lintel. The hall has an open fireplace with granite jambs and lintel, a 19th century brick-lined bread oven, muntin screen at the higher end with chamfered muntins. Good shouldered doorframe in screen to inner room. The narrow inner room has a blocked fireplace, screen plastered-over on inner room side. The lower end room has a chamfered crossbeam and open fireplace with a replaced lintel.
Roof: two side-pegged jointed cruck trusses with a diagonally-set ridge. Apex of roof not inspected throughout but thoroughly smoke-blackened and complete with sooted rafters, battens and thatch over hall and lower end, and likely to be sooted throughout its length. An evolved house of Medieval origins, group value with Wells and Pale farmhouses.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV308409List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1988. Christow. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 79.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Strongs Cottage.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV40358Related to: Pale farmhouse, Cristow (Building)
MDV40356Related to: Wells farmhouse, Christow (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Mar 23 2017 11:29AM