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HER Number:MDV74251
Name:Hembercombe Cottage, Broadhembury


Small estate cottage dating to the late 17th/18th century with 20th century renovations. Of creamwashed rendered cob on rubble stone footings under a thatched roof.


Grid Reference:ST 099 051
Map Sheet:ST00NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBroadhembury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBROADHEMBURY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COTTAGE NON SPECIFIC (Built, XVII - 1601 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

Beacham, P., 1980s, Broadhembury and Gittisham Project, 9/32 (Un-published). SDV348235.

Rethatched in 1971 as part of a thatching project grant aided by Devon County Council. Part of the Drew estate.

Caroe & Partners, 1997, Broadhembury Village. Draft Survey of Condition (Report - Survey). SDV344616.

Creamwashed cob cottage of single depth plan with a central slated porch. There are two tall wooden casement dormer windows, and wooden casement windows below. The roof is thatched on a 17th- or 18th century A-frame. The central stair rises from the rear up towards the front, but the original stair position was probably against the main stack on the east (right). There is a brick lean-to at the rear, partially roofed in slate. The rmainder is of corrugated asbestos sheet. This contains the bathroom, kitchen and larder.
Thatch recently renewed. Exterior and interior condition generally good. Kitchen and larder in the lean-to suffer from condensation and dampness, having no damp proof course or insulation. One window, to rear over the staircase, was rotten.

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

The image shows Hembercombe being rethatched in March 2009.

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

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

Hembercombe Cottage. Small estate cottage. Probably late C17/C18, C20 renovations. Creamwashed rendered cob on stone rubble footings; thatched roof with a plain ridge, gabled at ends, hipped at right end of addition; end stacks with red brick shafts. Plan: Single depth plan, 2 rooms wide with a central entrance, 1 room plan addition (single storey) at the right end, rear outshut probably post-dating the main range. Exterior: Sited on the outskirts of Broadhembury village. 2 storeys. Slightly asymmetrical 2 window front with a central C20 or C19 gabled porch with a segmental arched outer doorway and a C20 plank and stud front door. Ground floor window left is a probably C19 2-light small-pane timber casement, ground floor right a 3-light C20 timber replacement with small panes. 2 first floor gabled dormers with C19 or C20 small pane timber casements. 2-light small-pane casement in right end addition. Interior: Not inspected but said to be plain. One of a group of small houses and cottages on the lane leading to Broadhembury Common, probably a commoner's cottage.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV344616Report - Survey: Caroe & Partners. 1997. Broadhembury Village. Draft Survey of Condition. Caroe & Partners Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV348235Un-published: Beacham, P.. 1980s. Broadhembury and Gittisham Project. Devon County Council Conservation Section Collection. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 9/32.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #101520 ]
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

  • EDV4709 - Condition Survey, Broadhembury Village
  • EDV5626 - Broadhembury and Gittisham Thatch Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 19 2014 10:19AM