MSO10576 - Hill Gate Cottage, Stoney Street, Luccombe (Building)


An early 17th Century cottage, built of red sandstone random rubble with a thatched roof. It has a stepped lateral stack with tall circular chimney and a slate-roofed bread oven projection.

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Cottage. Early C17, altered C19 and C20. Red sandstone random rubble, rendered to left of entrance, thatched roof half hipped to right, catslide at rear, stepped lateral stack with tall circular chimney and slate roofed bread oven projection to right of entrance, large external stepped stone stack left gable end, lower part masked by double Roman tiled lean-to roofed addition. Plan: 2-cell and cross passage with later outshut at rear. Two storeys, left bay lit only on ground floor with 2-light casement, recessed centre with early C19 leaded iron 2-light casement below eaves and above entrance to right external stack, right return lit C20 3-light casement, ground floor triple Roman tiled 3-light C19 leaded bay, C20 window in outshut, entrance studded diagonal plank door below triple Roman pentice porch. Interior not seen. The recessed central bay is picturesque and mystifying. (Photograph in NMR; Turner, Exmoor Village, 1947). [1] English Heritage Listed Building Number: 265346. First Listed on 22/05/1969. [2] 2-cell Cross passage plan. Stone, Random rubble, Render walls. Half-hipped, Gabled roof [3] The building was surveyed by the National Trust in 1994. They describe it as a possible "two room cottage, originating in 17c, with large lateral stack. Lower end rebuilt 18c/19c and oven added to stack." [4] Where the lane ends are Hill Gate Cottages. The lower of the two is probably early 18th century with two-cell plan with cross-passage and rear outshot added, probably in the early 19th century. It is built of an attractive combination of exposed stone rubble, render, thatch, tiled pentice porch, slated semi-circular projecting bread oven and shouldered stack with round section shaft. The listing details refer to the “picturesque and mystifying” recessed central bay. [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 shown on the 2020 MasterMap data and is one of two properties that are together labelled Hill Gate Cottages. [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. 1994. Vernacular Building Survey: 115 Hillgate Cottage, Luccombe.
  • <5> Report: Fisher, J.. 2003. Luccombe Conservation Area Character Appraisal. p8, 13, 14.
  • <6> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <7>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #39375 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 9088 4424 (11m by 13m)
Map sheet SS94SW

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 444/6/63
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31049

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Aug 11 2020 2:47PM


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