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Free Cottages

A Grade II Listed Building in Exeter, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7237 / 50°43'25"N

Longitude: -3.5387 / 3°32'19"W

OS Eastings: 291488

OS Northings: 92696

OS Grid: SX914926

Mapcode National: GBR P0.PXH0

Mapcode Global: FRA 37G5.C7N

Entry Name: Free Cottages

Listing Date: 23 June 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1380725

English Heritage Legacy ID: 481049

Location: Exeter, Devon, EX4

County: Devon

District: Exeter

Town: Exeter

Electoral Ward/Division: St David's

Built-Up Area: Exeter

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Exeter St David

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


SX 99 SW MOUNT DINHAM
871/24/10079 (East side)
23-JUN-00 13-16
Free Cottages

GV II

Block of 4 cottages, part of a group of free cottages for the elderly, comprising 42 units. 1862, funded by William Gibbs. Red brick with painted stone dressings; slate roofs; stacks with rendered shafts;cast iron rainwater goods. Tudor style.
Plan: Part of a complex built on a bluff overlooking the Exe and grouped with a school and church also funded by Gibbs. Like the other blocks on the site, this consists of 4 units with paired front doors in the centre and entrances on the returns of the block for the outer units. Single storey service blocks added at rear.
Exterior: 2 storeys and single storey. Symmetrical 4-bay front, the 2-storey outer bays gabled to the front and broken forward. Deep eaves and verges on brackets. Openings are painted stone with quoined jambs. 2 & 3-light transomed mullioned windows with hoodmoulds and C20 glazing. Central gabled porch with stone Tudor arched doorway; plank doors; matching porches on the returns.
INTERIOR: Not inspected but may retain features of interest.
Historical Note: Mount Dinham was purchased by John Dinham to prevent its being used as a fairground site. Gibbs, of Tyntesfield in Somerset, was a guano merchant and banker. He was born in Exeter and an effigy of him survives in St Michael's Church (qv) next to the free cottages.
This is part of an important Victorian group of philanthropic buildings, designed together.


Listing NGR: SX9148892696

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