MSO9443 - Brook Cottage and Old Steam Cottage, 24 and 26 Park Street, Dunster (Building)


Two storey cottages, probably dating from the 17th Century. They have colourwashed roughcast render and thatched and tiled roofs.

Please read the Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record .

Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

Full Description

Probably 17th century. Colourwashed rough-cast, thatched and tiled roofs, stone end chimney stacks. Two storeys. No 24 has two eyebrow dormer windows, one 3-light, one 2-light both metal casements with leaded lights. Three 2- light metal casements with leaded lights to ground floor. Deep recessed doorway, plain boarded door. No 26, one dormer window and one 3-light casement to ground floor. Modern thatched door hood. Forms part of a picturesque group of thatched cottages leading down to the River Avill and Gallox Bridge. (1) English Heritage Listed Building Number: 264703. First Listed on 22/05/1969. [2] The buildings are situated within the Dunster Conservation Area. [3] The buildings were visited in April 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. They received a BAR score of 6. [4] The buildings are depicted on 2018 MasterMap data. The southern property is labelled 26. [5] Mid 16th century or 17th century house constructed of roughcast with thatched and tiled roofs and stone chimney stacks. [6,7] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [8] The building is mentioned in the 2018 Conservation Area Appraisal for Dunster. [9] 24 Park Street, Old Stream Cottage, was recorded by the SANHS Early Dunster Project. The fabric suggests that 24 and 26 Park Street were built in the first half of the 17th century as a three room and cross passage house, two storey. By the later 19th century the house was divided into two. The hall, cross passage and lower room are in number 24, the inner room of the original house is in number 26. Both parts had a 19th century rear wing. The rear stack in the hall with stair turret is probably 17th century. It is possible the parlour was pre-17th century. There are later extensions and alterations. [10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Index: 4/8/1983. Twenty-fifth 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> Report: Fisher, J.. 2002. Dunster Conservation Area Character Appraisal. Exmoor National Park Authority. p23.
  • <4> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <5>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #39187 ]
  • <6> Report: Williams, E.H.D.. 1983. Dunster: Brook Cottage/Old Stream Cottage. N/A.
  • <7> Collection: Unknown. Unknown. Volume: Brook Cottage And Old Stream Cottage, Dunster.
  • <8> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 521832, Extant 18 May 2022.
  • <9> Report: Pratt, N. and Thurlow, T.. 2018. Dunster Conservation Area: appraisal document. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 46, 93, Figure 45.
  • <10> Report: SANHS Building Research Group, Early Dunster Project. 2023. Survey Report for 24 Park Street, Dunster.

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 26/4/71/1
  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 26/4/71/2
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12108
  • Local Heritage List Status (Rejected)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE118
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NBR Index Number: 41932
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 521832
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34971



Grid reference Centred SS 299 143 (16m by 20m)
Map sheet SS21SE

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Nov 10 2023 7:08PM


Your feedback is welcome. If you can provide any new information about this record, please contact us.