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HER Number:MDV64543
Name:Essington Cottages, North Tawton


Pair of cottages with attached barn. Early 16th century in origin with 17th century alterations and probably divided into two in the 19th century. Rendered cob walls under a thatched roof. The barn is probably an 18th century addition.


Grid Reference:SS 668 019
Map Sheet:SS60SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNorth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH TAWTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS60SE/121
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COTTAGE NON SPECIFIC (Built, XVI - 1501 AD to 1600 AD (Between))

Full description

Exeter Archaeology, 2001, Archaeological Assessment of North Tawton Flood Defence Scheme, 11 (Report - Assessment). SDV319171.

GetMapping, 2010, GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV351585.

Google, 2014, Google Streetview (Website). SDV355684.

The Google Streetview image taken in 2010 shows the barn as roofless, due to collapse or demolition.

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

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

Essington Cottages with attached barn to east. Pair of cottages with attached barn. Early C16 with C17 alterations, probably divided into 2 in C19. Rendered cob walls. Thatch roof gabled to left end, hipped to right. One axial brick stack and rendered rubble stack projecting from left gable end with brick shaft. Plan: originally 3 rooms with through passage, lower end to the right, open to the roof at least over the hall which had central hearth. Hall ceiled and fireplace inserted backing onto passage in circa early C17. Lower end remained unheated but a fireplace was inserted in the inner room also probably in the C17. The barn beyond the lower room is probably an C18 addition. When the house was divided into cottages the lower room was downgraded to outbuilding use. Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3-window front. No. 27, left-hand cottage, has circa early C20 3-light casement on first floor and single light casement below. C20 gabled porch to left with plank door. Right-hand cottage (No. 29) has 3-light C20 casements to left on each floor with 2-light window at centre on first floor and 1-light window to left of centre on ground floor. Loading hatch at right-hand end on first floor. Central C20 porch with part-glazed door. Attached to the house at the right end is a 1-storey barn with wide central cart entrance. Interior of No. 29 has chamfered wooden lintel to open fireplace in hall and chamfered half beam above. Lower room has very heavy cross beam, chamfered with bar and hollow step stops. At the rear of the passage, now enclosed by a C20 addition, is an early wooden doorframe with cranked head and heavy plank door. Roof has been mainly replaced in C20 but over the hall original smoke-blackened rafters and thatch survive with the remains of one smoke-blackened truss which has been cut off by the insertion of the stack.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV319171Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of North Tawton Flood Defence Scheme. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.34. A4 Stapled + Digital. 11.
SDV351585Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 2010. GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs. Getmapping. Photograph (Digital).
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #97611 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV355684Website: Google. 2014. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 8 2014 3:28PM