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Latitude: 50.8893 / 50°53'21"N
Longitude: -4.0344 / 4°2'3"W
OS Eastings: 257008
OS Northings: 111951
OS Grid: SS570119
Mapcode National: GBR KR.SCSM
Mapcode Global: FRA 26FR.J27
Entry Name: The Retreat
Listing Date: 21 February 1977
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1104587
English Heritage Legacy ID: 90860
Location: Dolton, Torridge, Devon, EX19
Civil Parish: Dolton
Built-Up Area: Dolton
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Dolton St Edmund
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
CLEAVE HILL, Dolton
SS 51 SE
House, originally farmhouse. Early C17 or possibly earlier, probably extended in
C18 with C19 and C20 additions. Plastered cob walls. Gable-ended thatch roof.
Brick stack at either end, large rendered rear lateral stack and rendered, probably
rubble axial stack.
Plan: originally 3-room-and-through-passage plan, lower end to the right. Hall
stack backs onto passage, inner room heated by gable-end stack. The lower end is
slightly puzzling because it is extremely long and was evidently formerly 2 rooms
yet the lack of a solid wall between the 2 parts suggests they are both of the same
date - it is possible that the end room was originally some form of outbuilding. At
the rear of the passage is a stair projection which appears externally to be C17 but
contains a C19 staircase. C19 outshut added behind left and right-hand ends of
house. C20 leanto built against front of left-hand end may replace an earlier
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 5-window front of late C20 2-light casements,
some with small panes, in small openings. C20 glazed gabled porch to passage to
right of centre with part-glazed door. C20 stable type door towards right-hand end.
C20 leanto projecting from left-hand end with small porch in angle which has plank
door. Rear elevation has small gabled stair projection to left of centre and C19
outshut to left and right. To right of centre are 2 C18 square section leaded light
wooden mullion windows - one on each floor.
Interior: left-hand room has roughly chamfered wooden lintel to fireplaces and
rough axial beam. Hall fireplace has plain wooden lintel and oven. The fireplace
back, facing the passage, is constructed of small coursed dressed stones. Probably
C17 substantial straight principal rafters with threaded or trenched purlins and
collars halved on.
Listing NGR: SS5700811951
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