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HER Number:MDV79460
Name:3-4 Beaumont Cottages, Gittisham


Two adjoining estate cottages, at one time 3 cottages, which form a group around a courtyard with Nos 1 and 2. Late 16th century origins.


Grid Reference:SY 134 984
Map Sheet:SY19NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGittisham
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGITTISHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 87157

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Beacham, P., 1980s, Broadhembury and Gittisham Project, Neg No. 566/4-9 (Un-published). SDV348235.

Rethatching was carried out to parts of the roof of No. 3 Beaumont Cottages in 1967 and 1972 as part of a scheme grant aided by Devon County Council.
Part of the Combe estate.

Fisher, J., 1999, East Devon Conservation Area Appraisals: Gittisham, 3 (Report - non-specific). SDV346641.

Gittisham is an exceptionally attractive village with groups of cottages spaciously and informally arranged off the main street, mainly of cob, thatch and flint. The paintwork of the estate cottages is a dark blue-green and the overall effect is low-key and very pleasant in its vernacular context. Other details: Maps, photograph.

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

Two adjoining estate cottages. Late 16th century origins, originally part of the Beaumont charity, derived from a legacy of £800 left by Henry Beaumont of Combe House, who died in 1590. The cottages were sold later and land was purchased from which pensions are still paid. Stone rubble, rendered below the eaves; thatched roof with plain ridge, gabled at the right end; right end stack and axial stack.
Plan: Sited to the rear of and parallel to Nos 1 and 2 Beaumont Cottages with a small courtyard between. A single depth range, at one time 3 cottages, 2 cottages at time of survey (1988). No 4 is a single cell plan with one heated room with a winder stair adjacent to the stack, a small service room has been created at the rear by an inserted partition. No 3 is presumably 2 rooms on plan and retains 2 front doors.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 6 window front the eaves thatch eyebrowed over the 2 right hand first floor windows. 3 doors, to the left, right and centre, all late 19th/20th century; 2- and 3-light 19th or early 20th century casements with glazing bars.
Interior: No 4 inspected. Interior retains a deeply-chamfered step-stopped crossbeam, a partly blocked fireplace retaining an early timber lintel and a winder
stair adjacent to the stack.
Roof: The right hand truss is an 'A' frame, presumably a replacement as the left hand truss is a side-pegged jointed cruck truss. No access to the apex of the roof. No 3 is likely to retain good carpentry details and an early roof.
These cottages form a very good group round a courtyard with Nos 1 and 2, and make an important contribution to a outstanding estate village which was described by Polwhele in 1790 as "esteemed the cleanliest in the country. It is not large but consists of many trim cottages; and the people are remarkably neat in their houses and in themselves". Polwhele, R. History of Devonshire, f.p. 1793, vol. II, p. 322.

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: #106259 ]
SDV346641Report - non-specific: Fisher, J.. 1999. East Devon Conservation Area Appraisals: Gittisham. East Devon District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV348235Un-published: Beacham, P.. 1980s. Broadhembury and Gittisham Project. Devon County Council Conservation Section Collection. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. Neg No. 566/4-9.

Associated Monuments

MDV79459Related to: 1-2 Beaumont Cottages, Gittisham (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5626 - Broadhembury and Gittisham Thatch Survey

Date Last Edited:Apr 4 2014 12:25PM