MSO8886 - Blagdon Cottages southwest of Withiel Florey (Building)

Summary

Semidetached 19th Century workers cottages, with semicircular bays or "bastions". It is probable that they were built in this style to give a castellated apperance when viewed from Withiel Florey.

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"Blagdon Cottages" shown on 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map. [1,10] Semi detached workers cottages of 19th Century date in enclosures with stone and earth banks surmounted by trees. The main building comprises two 2 roomed, 2 storey cottages with semicircular bays or "bastions" projecting eastwards and overlooking the river valley. Main doorways are at the apex of the bays. There is a chimney stack in the centre of the party wall between the two dwellings. A 2 seater earth closet with clearance chutes lie to the east. It is probable that the cottages that were built in this style to give a castellated apperance when viewed from Withiel Florey. Part of the northern building is thought to have collapsed. [2] Banks forming trackway leading to derelict building with further possible building remains across the stream to the west. [3,4] Blagdon Cottages are a pair of stone built estate cottages; they are in a rapidly deteriorating condition: the northern one is partly collapsed, the southern one has walls standing to eaves height. The building comprises two, two storey cottages with semicircular projecting bays. There is a chimney stack in the centre of the party wall between the two dwellings, with fireplaces and cloam ovens. A two seater earth closet with clearance chutes lie to the east. Although the date of these cottages is uncertain, they were certainly in existance by 1840 as they are shown on the Withiel Florey Tithe Map. It is likely that they were built at the same time as the Stawell house at Withiel Florey and served both as an eyecatcher and as estate housing. [7] The cottages are probably associated with the House on the other side of the valley and acted as an eye-catcher. The similarity of the design to the Lethbridge estate cottages has been noted and it is possible that Blagdon Cottages provided the inspiration for their design. [8] The outline of the ruins is visible on 2018 MasterMap data. [11]

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  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904, Somerset 58(5).
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. I Burrow, 19 April 1979.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: September 19. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 99. 8813.
  • <4> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 9833A, 9832B.
  • <5> Photograph: Two B and W prints in HER files.
  • <6> Map: Pursey, R.P.. 1839. Withiel Florey Tithe Map and Apportionment. 6 chains = 1".
  • <7> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 7 September 1998.
  • <8> Report: Wilson North, R. 1998. An 18th-century house and park at Withial Florey. RCHME report.
  • <9> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. Slide - SCPD 3.003.0002, 3.003.0010.
  • <10> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <11> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap.

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Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9814 3307 (64m by 44m)
Map sheet SS93SE
Civil Parish BROMPTON REGIS, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11097
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 SE14
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1118135
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33394

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Jan 27 2020 11:20AM

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