MSO10781 - Bevins House, Winsford Village (Building)

Summary

Constructed in the mid 19th Century, the house has roughcast render over rubble and a raised roof. It is believed to be the birthplace of Ernest Bevin, trades union leader and former Foreign Secretary (1945-51).

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House. Mid C19, roof raised subsequently. Roughcast over rubble, steeply pitched asbestos slate roof, brick stacks rising below roof ridge at gable ends. Plan: 2-cell and cross passage with wing at rear. Two storeys, 3 bays, sash windows with single vertical glazing bars, central half glazed door with 2 lights. Listed primarily for historic interest as the birthplace of the statesmen and trades union leader Ernest Bevin (1881-1951), who spent the first 8 years of his life here. There is an inscribed slate plaque to his memory end bay right. [1] English Heritage Listed Building Number: 265563. First Listed on 02/01/1986. [2] L-plan. Stone, Render, roughcast and pebbledash walls. Gabled roof [3] The building was visited in March 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [4] Of particular historic importance is Bevins Cottage with a late 19th century frontage, probably originally a two-cell cottage with cross-passage but with the roof raised subsequently. The three-bay frontage has sash windows with single vertical glazing bar, central half-glazed door with two lights. This was the birthplace and home for his first eight years of Ernest Bevin 1881-1951, statesman and trades union leader who also attended the village school. Bevins House is a former cottage heightened and re-fronted in the 19th Century, and primarily listed as home of Ernest Bevin, former Foreign Secretary (1945-1951). [5] The house does not appear on the Winsford Tithe Map. [6] The building is depicted, apparently in its current layout, on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. [7] The Rt Hon Ernest Bevin, wartime Minister of Labour, British Foreign Secretary 1945-1951, architect of NATO and world statesman, lived in this house. He was born in 1981 and went to Winsford School. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <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> 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 Unpublished document: Somerset County Council.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: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <5> Report: Fisher, J.. 2005. Winsford: Village Character Appraisal. 14.
  • <6> Map: 1839. Winsford Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <8> Leaflet: Various. 2004. A Winsford Anthology. 27.

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Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9065 3483 (15m by 16m) (MasterMap)
Map sheet SS93SW
Civil Parish WINSFORD, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1076/19/149
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31281

Record last edited

Jan 4 2021 9:00AM

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