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Date Listed: 9 February 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 101093
OS Grid Reference: SX7802262354
OS Grid Coordinates: 278022, 62354
Latitude/Longitude: 50.4483, -3.7194
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12/178 Woodcott (or
House, divided into 2 cottages. Circa mid C16, possibly with earlier
origins, rearranged and extended in circa early c17 and extended again
later in the C17. it was extended again and divided into 2 cottages in the
C18 or early C19. Local limestone and slate rubble. Slate roof with
gabled ends. The rear pitch of the main roof and the hipped roof of the
front wing are clad in asbestos slates. Early crested ridge tiles on the
main roof and rear wing stone rubble stacks with tapered tops and slate
weathering, one at the left hand gable end, a rear lateral stack now within
lean-to and an axial stack in the front right hand wing.
Plan: 2 storey 3 room and through passage plan house, the lower end to the
left. The hall is heated from a rear lateral stack. The relatively large
inner room to the right is unheated but the chamfer above is heated from a
gable end fireplace. The lower end room has a gable end fireplace with an
oven. This may have been the original arrangement with a kitchen at the
lower end. Alternatively the hall may have been used as the kitchen
originally and the kitchen moved to the lower end when the house was
remodelled in the early C17 by the addition of a shallow 2 storey wing at
the back of the lower end with an integral and relatively large stair
turret behind the passage. The shallow wing has an unheated room on the
ground floor, probably the pantry or dairy. Later in the C17 and unheated
outshut was added to the back of the hall and inner room with access from
the hall. In about the C18 a single storey 1-room plan wing was added to
the front of the inner room. This wing was raised to 2 storeys probably in
C19 which was probably when the house was divided into 2 cottages, one
occupying the inner room and the wing in front, and the other occupying the
hall and lower end.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3 window range plus 1-window in the
wing projecting at the right end. Left of centre first floor window is in
small slate hung gable. C19 and C20 3-light casements with glazing bars,
except for first floor left which is C20 2-light casement and first floor
right of centre which has an C18 frame. Various wooden lintels, the first
floor window to left of centre has chamfered wooden lintel. The hall
window to right of centre has flat stone arch with dripcourse over.
Passage doorway to left of centre has heavy chamfered timber lintel and
original timber doorframe with chamfered segmental arch and jambs; C19
plank door. Immediately to right of doorway a large masonry raking
buttress with weathering. The front wall of the hall to the right of the
buttress is set back slightly and may have been rebuilt at some stage.
Rear elevation: Twin gabled wings to right; the larger right hand wing in
the dairy and the smaller wing in the stair tower with the hall lateral
stack to the angle to the left now enclosed within the lean to which has a
catslide roof. The lean-to has a large C20 window with a concrete lintel.
The dairy has no rear windows and the stair tower has a late C19 2-light
casement and a small single-light window almost at ground level which is
higher at the rear than the ground level at the front.
The higher gable end to the right (north-east) has 2 small late C19 2-light
casements possibly in older frames, with timber lintels. Small single-
light slit window to right and 2 small windows to right of that in the end
wall of the lean-to outshut.
There are straight masonry joints between the main range and the rear
outshut and main range and front wing on the higher right end wall. There
is disturbed masonry at the lower south west end between the main range and
the dairywing. The small windows at the south west end facing the road are
late C19 and C20 casements.
Interior: The hall has a chamfered cross-beam with bar stops and large
closely-spaced deeply chamfered joists with step stops. Rear lateral
fireplace has timber lintel with ovolo moulded run-out stops, rebuilt stone
rubble jambs and no oven. Chamfered head beam with bar stops over the half
passage screen. The plank and muntin screen at the higher end of the hall
is covered on the hall side but shows unchamfered muntins on the inner room
side and a chamfered head-beam with hollow step stops. The inner room has
an unchamfered half beam on the gable end wall and later slightly chamfered
joists. The screen between the lower left hand room and the passage seems
to have been replaced with no solid wall. The relatively small lower end
room has a cross-beam with hollow step stops, the fireplace in gable end is
partly blocked with small C20 fireplace but the earlier oven projects into
the former dairy at the rear. The door frame between the hall and the rear
outshut is chamfered with carpenter's mitres and has bar and hollow step
stops. Wooden newel stairs (renewed) in stair turret with chamfered
doorframe at the top into the chamfer over the hall. The front wing has a
large fireplace with an unchamfered timber lintel and the ceiling joists
have slight chamfers.
Roof: 6 clean trusses have straight principals with morticed collars which
are missing, morticed open and 2 tiers of threaded purlins and diagonally
set trenched ridge. Most of the rafters are intact. The truss over the
hall/passage screen in a closed truss. The stair turret has its original
roof with morticed apex to the principals. The roof over the shallow rear
wing also has a morticed apex joint to the principal rafters which have
mortices for threaded purlins. The lean-to roof over the rear outshut has
some renewed principal rafters with mortices for threaded purlins.
Some of the purlins of the main roof appear to be blocked and therefore may
be reused from an earlier roof.
Listing NGR: SX7802262354
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