Building record 1170900000 - THE THATCHED COTTAGE/THE HOVEL

Summary

Nineteenth century timber-framed thatched wychert house possibly built by squatters on waste ground.

Protected Status/Designation

  • Listed Building (II)
  • Listed Building (II) 1158628: THE THATCHED COTTAGE

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Type and Period (1)

  • HOUSE (19th Century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD) + Sci.Date

Description

GRADE II. SQUATTER'S COTTAGE. EARLY C19. TWO ROOMS. COLOURWASHED RENDER,PART WITH SLENDER TIMBER UPRIGHTS AND PLASTER INFILL. WALLS ARE WATTLE-AND-DAUB WITH SOME WYCHERT, THE ROOF CONSISTS ONLY OF SMALL TWISTED BRANCHES LODGED ON THE WALL PLATES SUPPORTING A SOLID HIPPED THATCHED ROOF OF TWIGS AND BRUSHWOOD, REBUILT BRICK CHIMNEY AND LOBBY ENTRY ARE CONSTRUCTED OF EARTH-FAST POSTS WITH FORK ENDS WHICH THE WALL PLATES REST. L-PLAN. ONE STOREY, 3 1/2 BAYS. HALF-BAY TO LEFT IS SLIGHTLY SET BACK AND HAS BOARD DOOR. REMAINDER HAS IRREGULAR PAIRED CASEMENTS. THE PRIMITIVE CONSTRUCTION OF THE COTTAGE EMPLOLYED VIRTUALLY NO CARPENTRY TECHNIQUES WHICH LEADS TO SUPPORT TO THE TRADITION THAT SQUATTERS COTTAGES BEING ERECTED OVERNIGHT ON WASTE GROUND. AN INSCRIPTION DATE OF 1811 ON A FIREPLACE BRICK SUGGESTS THAT THE SEQUENCE OF CONSTRUCTION MAY BE MORE COMPLICATED (B1 & B2).
Dendro-dating obtains a felling date of 1812 for a lodged timber. See report (filed) for detailed discussion (B3).

Sources (3)

  • <1>SBC19775 Article in serial: VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURAL GROUP. Summary of dendrochronolgy results in VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE 30 p99. Vol 30.
  • <2>SBC19776 Unpublished document: Buckinghamshire County Council. HISTORIC BUILDINGS CARD (NOW HELD BY AYLESBURY VALE DISTRICT COUNCIL).
  • <3>SBC22686 Digital archive: Vernacular Architecture Group. 2000 onwards. Vernacular Architecture Group: Dendrochronology Database. VA vol 30, p99.

Location

Grid reference SP 66359 17639 (point) (Exact)
Civil Parish LUDGERSHALL, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

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Record last edited

Oct 8 2018 1:45PM

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