MSO10751 - Periwinkle Cottage Tea Rooms, Selworthy Green (Building)

Summary

A 17th Century farmhouse, converted into two cottages in the 19th Century. It is now a tea rooms.

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Formerly a cottage, now a tea-room. The building is 19th Century in date but incorpoates part of an earlier building. Roughcast over rubble, with a thatched roof. The building has a two cell cross passage plan. [1] A 17th Century farmhouse that was converted into two cottages. In 1962 the cottages were converted back into one building to be used as a tea-room. [3] The building was originally a three room cross-passage. The farmhouse was converted into two cottages as part of the creation of the green by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland. The property is rendered with limewash and a black tar band. The roof is thatched with A frame trusses. [4] 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. [5] The group of six cottages around Selworthy Green (a delightful informally designed communal garden) was a layout planned by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (10th baronet) in the early 19th Century for estate pensioners. The concept, and cottage ornee detail around the settlement, may have been inspired by John Nash's Blaise Hamlet (built 1809 for John S Harford of Blaise Castle). In a central position is Periwinkle Cottage, a former farmhouse dating from the 17th Century, and two-cell with cross passage and outshots. The two-storey picturesque porch was added c.1828. The right outshot has a reset window with trefoil-headed lights, and decorative spandrels. [16]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • --- Report: Fisher, J.. 2004. Selworthy: Conservation Area Character Appraisal. 8, 11, 13, 14.
  • <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: Richardson, I.. 2001. Holnicote Estate Archaeological Survey: Part 1. P. 9.
  • <3> Report: Richardson, I.. 2001. Holnicote Estate Archaeological Survey: Part 2. P. 22.
  • <4> Report: National Trust. 1994. Vernacular Building Survey: Periwinkle Cottage (tearooms), Selworthy.
  • <5> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.

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Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9191 4681 (14m by 17m) (MasterMap)
Map sheet SS94NW
Civil Parish SELWORTHY, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1076/26/118
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31248

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Oct 19 2015 4:13PM

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