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HER Number:MDV79415
Name:Church Stile Cottage, 21 High Street, East Budleigh


House, probably 16th century origins but reorganised and enlarged in the mid to late 17th century, and modernised in the mid 19th century. Possibly originally the church house, together with the adjacent Church Cottage.


Grid Reference:SY 066 848
Map Sheet:SY08SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishEast Budleigh
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishEAST BUDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 86286

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XVI to XVII - 1501 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

Fisher, J., 1999, East Devon Conservation Area Appraisals: East Budleigh, 3, 6, 8 (Report - non-specific). SDV346582.

In High Street there is a very good range of cob and thatch. As well as plain vernacular the frontage continues through to classical detailing, but is done so in a manner that is perfectly in scale and proportion to the overall profile. Other details: Maps, photographs.

English Heritage, 2011, Historic Houses Register (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV346128.

House. Probably 16th century origins but whole house was reorganised and enlarged in the mid to late 17th century, modernised in mid 19th century. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings; stone rubble stacks with brick chimney shafts, one of them of mid-late 17th century brick (unusual survival for Devon); thatch roofs. The house apparently originated as a 3-room-and-through-passage plan house facing onto the High Street to east and with the service end room on the uphill right (northern) end. In the mid to late 17th century the house was enlarged and much rebuilt. Only a small part of the original rear wall survives behind the former inner room. The house was broadened to accommodate a double depth plan with new service rooms and stairwell behind the former hall and inner room. The passage was extended through the new rear extension. It seems that the projecting front lateral stack to the hall was built (or rebuilt) at this time. At the same time the service end was enlarged and built out even deeper than the rest and provided with a massive end stack. In fact the stack appears to serve back-to-back fireplaces and it seems that the adjoining block beyond (now Church Cottage) was built as a brewhouse or kitchen at the same time. The house was modernised in the mid 19th century, probably the time that Church Cottage was divided off from the main house. At this time the service end room was divided into two and the front room upgraded to a parlour or dining room. Behind the inner room there is a block at right angles to the main range. This was probably a store of 18th or 19th century date. It was originally detached but circa 1970 it was partly rebuilt and connected to the main house. Irregular 3-window front of late 18th or early 19th century oak flat-faced mullion windows. All are 3 lights except for a 4-light window first floor left. The ground floor windows are taller than those on the first floor and all contain rectangular panes of leaded glass except for 2 lights with glazing bars in the 4-light window. The front passage doorway is right of centre. It contains a 19th century 6-panel door with a contemporary flat hood on shaped brackets. The hall stack has a tiny fire window looking downhill from the left side and a tall double chimney shaft of 19th century brick. The service end chimney shaft is built of thin mid to late 17th century bricks (possibly imported Dutch). It has soffit-moulded coping and was extended a little with late 19th century brick. The roof is continuous with neighbouring Budleigh House to left and Church Cottage to right.
Interior. Although nothing shows which definitely predates the mid to late 17th century refurbishment parts of the original house may survive behind late plaster. The partition between the hall and inner room has been knocked out and a 20th century beam inserted. In the inner room section the soffit-chamfered half beam across the end wall is propped by 20th century posts. In the rear wall there is a late 17th - early 18th century cupboard with moulded surround, dentil cornice, shaped shelves and panelled doors hung on H-hinges. In the hall the large soffit-chamfered crossbeam has had its stops knocked off. The large stone fireplace has chamfered sides but the soffit of the oak lintel has been cut back. The rear doorway of the passage is 17th century, oak and has a chamfered surround. Since the 19th century the service end room has been divided into two. The rear room is now a kitchen with a mid to late 17th century soffit-chamfered axial beam with double bar-scroll stops. In the end wall half of a massive fireplace is exposed; dressed stone sides and soffit-chamfered oak lintel. The other side of the partition the rest of the fireplace has been demolished and replaced by a brick stack with an Adams style chimneypiece. On the first floor there are several late 17th - early 18th century 2-panel doors hung on H-L hinges. The stairs however are 20th century and apparently have been turned round so that they now lead up from the passage rather than the hall. The chamber over the hall has a small 17th century fireplace; its oak lintel is ovolo-moulded with scroll stops. The chamber over the service end has a 19th century grate. Where the internal partitions show their structure in the roofspace they are timber-framed with cob nogging. The roof throughout is made up of A-frame trusses in which the rear principals are longer carrying the roofs lower over the rear rooms. They have pegged lap-jointed collars. This is an attractive house with an interesting development. It seems that the adjoining Church Cottage was originally part of the same house. The layout of the building and its proximity to the church may suggest that this was the original church house. Church Stile Cottage is one of an attractive and varied group of buildings, most of them listed, which line High Street as it rises towards the Church of All Saints.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346128List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2011. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #106215 ]
SDV346582Report - non-specific: Fisher, J.. 1999. East Devon Conservation Area Appraisals: East Budleigh. East Devon District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3, 6, 8.

Associated Monuments

MDV79417Related to: Church Cottage, 23 High Street, East Budleigh (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 16 2011 12:27PM