MSO10693 - Beach Cottage, Porlock Weir (Building)


A 17th Century cottage, built of stone with a thatched roof and front lateral chimney stack. The front door has a wooden 17th Century frame.

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The cottage is 17th Century in date but the walls were raised and the building reroofed in the 18th Century. The construction is rendered over random rubble with a thatched roof. The building is 3 cell with a cross passage and two storeys. The building has a 17th Century framed door. The interior was not seen but probably contains features of interest. [1] Beach Cottage is of 17th Century origin, though it is thought the walls were raised and the roof reconstructed a century later. The thatched roof is half-hipped and hipped at either end with a large shouldered front lateral stack adjoining the entrance. The typical plan is three-cell with cross-passage and a rear outshut. The four-light ovolo-moulded mullioned window and heavy four-centred arch head and chamfered door-frame are almost certainly original. [2] It appears that the render mentioned in the listing description has been removed since the 2004 conservation area character appraisal (noted 2012). [3] The building was visited in April 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [4] This structure appears to be present on the 1841 Porlock Tithe map. [5] An undated engraving of a gaff rigged vessel with counter stern is cut into a flag stone in the doorway of the cottage. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Index: 2/1/1986. Thirty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset)/Exmoor National Park.
  • <2> Report: Fisher, J.. 2004. Porlock Weir: Conservation Area Character Appraisal. p8, 11.
  • <3> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information.
  • <4> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <5> Map: Cox, J. W.C.. 1841. Porlock Tithe Map and Apportionment. 13.3 inches : 1 mile.
  • <6> Report: McDonnell, R.. 2003. Porlock Bay and Marsh: Record of Archaeological Monitoring 2002-2003. Cover image and frontispiece.



Grid reference Centred SS 8654 4779 (19m by 21m) (MasterMap)
Map sheet SS84NE

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1076/3/60
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31187

Record last edited

Feb 23 2021 10:09AM


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