MDE20954 - Lower Lodge, Lee Abbey (Building)


A house built in an elaborate Cottage Ornee style. It dates to the late 19th or early 20th Century and appears to have been built as a gate lodge for Lee Abbey.

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Detached house. Probably c1875. Rubble, tile roof. A picturesque building in elaborate Cottage Ornee style, central entry to twin-gabled asymmetrical front. 2 storeys; 2-window range. Wood casements with mullions and decorative cast-iron lights. The upper floor has two 4-light under carved flat lintels with peaked heads, on slate cills. Ground floor has a 3-light, with a canted 1:4:1-light bay to the right beneath a pent roof on stone piers, covering also the central pair of plank doors with fleur-de-lys hinges, and side-light, under a straight moulded wood lintel. The gables have rich triple-cusped barge-boards, carried on elaborate carved corbels, returned also to the right gable, with plain walling generally but one small light at ground floor and a plain mid string. The left gable to the front is jettied slightly on a series of stone corbels. The roof tiles have scalloped ends, and there is a decorative clay ridge; to the left gable, which is plain, is a large stack, with a further ridge stack centrally. The rear is plain, with a small gabled unit, possibly containing the staircase. INTERIOR: not accessible. A richly detailed example of a Lee Abbey estate cottage, similar in style to Valley Lodge (qv), and Lee Cottage in Martinhoe CP. [1] The building was visited in December 2013 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [2] The building is labelled "Lower Edge" on the 2020 MasterMap data. [3] It is not hown on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. [4] The building is shown on the 25 inch 2nd Edition map and is labelled "Lodge". A barrier is shown across the routeway to the buildings immediate north. [5] The building appears to have served as the gate lodge for Lee Abbey. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . HHR: Lynton (5 July 1976).
  • <2> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <3>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #38594 ]
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 27 October 2020.



Grid reference Centred SS 6948 4904 (14m by 11m) MasterMap
Map sheet SS64NE

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 858/1/1/65
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 24033
  • Devon SMR: SS64NE/74

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Mar 1 2022 11:49AM


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