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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1380725
English Heritage Legacy ID: 481049
Location: Exeter, Devon, EX4
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
SX 99 SW MOUNT DINHAM
871/24/10079 (East side)
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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