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Latitude: 50.2742 / 50°16'27"N
Longitude: -3.6751 / 3°40'30"W
OS Eastings: 280726
OS Northings: 42925
OS Grid: SX807429
Mapcode National: GBR QN.49HL
Mapcode Global: FRA 3869.L1H
Entry Name: The Old Library and Whitmore Cottage
Listing Date: 26 January 1967
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1107944
English Heritage Legacy ID: 100006
Location: Stokenham, South Hams, Devon, TQ7
District: South Hams
Civil Parish: Stokenham
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Stokenham St Michael and All Angels
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX8042 The Old Library and
14/222 Whitmore Cottage
Probably originally an agricultural building converted into 2 cottages one
of which was formerly the reading room. Probably C18, converted in Cl9 and
early C20. Plastered stone rubble and possibly some cob. Thatched roof
with gabled ends and eyebrow eaves. Stone rubble stacks at gable ends with
slate weathered set-offs heightened in brick.
Plan: Pair of cottages with gable end stacks, originally an agricultural
building. While the right hand section was converted into a 2 storey 1-room
plan cottage the left hand part is said to have remained open and used as a
reading room, later to be floored and converted into a cottage.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical. 2:2 window range, more widely spaced
to left (The Old Library). All C20 2-light casements, except for late Cl9
3-light casement with glazing bars on ground floor left. Large C20 canted
bay window with thatched roof to the left of centre (The Old Library) with
late Cl9 panelled door to its left with C20 canopy above underbuilt with C20
porch. Doorway to right of centre (Whitmore Cottage) is in wide opening
with cambered timber lintel and has C20 door and casement to its right.
Interior: Only Whitmore Cottage was inspected. It has large stone rubble
fireplace with rough unchamfered cambered timber lintel and oven buried in
the side; later ceiling joists. Roof apace inaccessible but principals
appear to be straight.
Kelly's Directory of 1889 refers to "There is a Reading Room erected and
furnished by A.F. Holdsworth Esq. for the use of parishioners". (A.F.
Holdsworth of Widdicombe House qv).
Listing NGR: SX8072642925
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