MDE1071 - Church Cottage or Church House, Churchtown, Parracombe (Building)


A simple two-storey structure, believed to date from the 17th Century and extended in the 19th Century. It is originally believed to have served as the Church House.

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Church-house. A simple rectangular two-storey house of rubble masonry with a smaller extension to east. It appears to be divided into two cottages, to which a kind of front porch with a pent roof and plain doorways has been added. South-east in front is a row of four pigeon-holes. East is an old square stone chimney-stack. Otherwise featureless. Situated partly in the churchyard and south of the church. [1] Church ale house is to be seen partly in Parracombe churchyard. Now two cottages. [2] Cottage, formerly church-house. The core of the building probably dates to the 17th century. It was extended in the 19th century and much altered in the 20th. The building is constructed from unrendered stone rubble and has an asbestos slate roof with gable ends. The former outbuilding at right end of the main range has slate roof with lower ridge levels.. The main range has a two room plan with direct entry into right-hand room, which has winder staircase in rear left hand corner. This suggests the removal of a passage partition. There is a one room extension at the right end, possibly converted from outbuilding.The interior of the building was much altered in the 20th century. There are rough unchamfered cross ceiling beams to each room and timber lintel to fireplace to right end stack. Some c19 two plank doors survive. Roof not inspected. [4] The building was visited in September 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [5] Adjoining St. Petroc’s churchyard, Church House Cottage is a low cottage row with a probable 17th Century core, although extended in the 19th Century and altered in the 20th to give a four bay range. The original building is believed to have been the Church House. [6] In 1760 four shillings were paid for ale to refresh the bellringers at St Petrock's Church during celebrations for the accession of George III. It was almost certainly brewed at Church Cottage. [7] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9]

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  • <1> Article in serial: Copeland, G.. 1960. Devonshire Church-House: Part I. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 92. P. 138.
  • <2> Article in serial: Copeland, G.. 1961. Devonshire Church-Houses: Part II. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 93. P. 259 Plate 22.
  • <3> Article in serial: Jackson, E.. 1928. Proceedings at the Annual Meeting. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 60. P. 30.
  • <4> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . HHR: Parracombe (9 April 1987) 75.
  • <5> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <6> Report: Fisher, J.. 2004. Parracombe: Conservation Area Character Appraisal. 5, 12, 14.
  • <7> Monograph: Constable, N.. 2004. Parracombe and the Heddon Valley: An unfinished history. Parracombe Archaeology and History Society. 54.
  • <8> Report: Cartlidge, S.. 2019. Church Cottage, Parracombe: Heritage Statement.
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 34750, Extant 10 November 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 674 449 (24m by 10m)
Map sheet SS64SE

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1544/6/130
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 2078
  • Devon SMR: SS64SE/13
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20138
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SE29
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 34750

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Mar 7 2022 3:45PM


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