MSO10568 - Wychanger Cottage, Luccombe (Building)


A 15th Century former open hall house with smoke-blackened truss, but with a stack added and ceiled in the 17th Century.

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Cottage. C17, enlarged C19. Roughcast over rubble, thatched roof half hipped to left, brick stack right gable end, large lateral stack to left of entrance with adjoining full height projection. Plan: probably 2 cell and cross passage, enlarged with full height bay beside stack and single bay addition left. Two storeys, first floor C19 2-light ogee headed leaded casement left of stack, 2-light casement extended with glazed gabled top, end bay left unlit, ground floor two C20 2-light casements left and one right of plank door adjoining stack with tiny peaked lancet probably ventilation for curing chamber, 3 steps to door, single storey one bay C20 lean-to addition on right return. Interior: not seen. (Photograph in NMR). [1] English Heritage Listed Building Number: 265338. First Listed on 05/06/1985. [2] 2-cell Cross passage plan. Stone, Render, roughcast and pebbledash walls. Half-hipped roof [3] The building was surveyed by the National Trust in 1997. It is described as "a late medieval open hall house, with original ground floor plan surviving, also a smoke-blackened jointed cruck truss. A good unspoiled example, the walls have not been raised, and the surviving features show clearly the different phases of the development of the cottage." [4] In the direction of Wootton Courtenay and adjoining the turning to Wychanger is Wychanger Cottage, another 15th century former open hall house with smoke-blackened truss, but with a stack added and ceiled in the 17th century. There is an early 19th century enlargement of full-height bay adjoining the stack and a single bay addition to the left. [5] The building was visited in May 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [6] The building is depicted on the 2020 MasterMap data and labelled "Wychanger Cottage". [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Index: 5/6/1985. 34th List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset).
  • <2> Unassigned: Webster CJ, Historic Environment Record. 2005. Staff Comments, Somerset County Council.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records.
  • <4> Report: National Trust. 1997. Vernacular Building Survey: Wychanger Cottage, Luccombe.
  • <5> Report: Fisher, J.. 2003. Luccombe Conservation Area Character Appraisal. p15.
  • <6> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500.



Grid reference Centred SS 9115 4444 (12m by 14m)
Map sheet SS94SW

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 444/14/55
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31041

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May 20 2021 12:16PM


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