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HER Number:MDV79490
Name:Gorse Cottage, Gittisham


Small house, late 16th or early17th century with 20th century renovations. Whitewashed rendered cob and stone with a thatched roof.


Grid Reference:SY 133 983
Map Sheet:SY19NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGittisham
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGITTISHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 87178

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Beacham, P., 1980s, Broadhembury and Gittisham Project, 19/7A, Neg No. 566/21 (Un-published). SDV348235.

Site visit 1983. Stone or cob and stone. Old thatch starting to show signs of wear and ear.

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

Other details: Maps.

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

Small house. Circa late 16th/early17th century, 20th century renovations. Whitewashed rendered cob and stone; thatched roof, half-hipped at left end, hipped at right end; axial stack to right of centre.
Plan: Single depth range, 2 rooms wide with a lean-to at the left end and a 19th century brick rear outshut. The house may have originated as a 2 room plan building with a heated room to the right, an unheated service room to the left. The partition between the rooms was removed in the 1970s. The unheated room to the right is probably a post 17th century addition.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window front with a circa 19th century plank front door to right of centre with a porch hood. 20th century casement windows with diamond leaded panes.
Interior: The heated room has a large step-stopped crossbeamm and a scroll-stopped half-beam in front of the stack. 20th century steel girder on site of former partition between the unheated and heated rooms.
Roof: 2 complete side-pegged jointed cruck truss over the left end. A second truss may also have been a jointed cruck with the feet removed and the principals dressed off. The apex of each truss is not smoke-blackened.

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: #106290 ]
SDV346641Report - non-specific: Fisher, J.. 1999. East Devon Conservation Area Appraisals: Gittisham. East Devon District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV348235Un-published: Beacham, P.. 1980s. Broadhembury and Gittisham Project. Devon County Council Conservation Section Collection. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 19/7A, Neg No. 566/21.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 4 2014 12:13PM