A familiar village feature for those who regularly travel though Lapford is the decorative mid-C18 iron arch (pictured above) crafted by the village smithy, George Challice. Through the arch is a row of three thatched cottages dating from about 1740, the first of which is appropriately named Challice Gate. Next door is Honey Cottage and at the end of the row is Pleasant Cottage.

The individual cottage names have changed over the years. Collectively they were once known as Northcott Cottages. As they back onto the lane that once led to the poor house (now Vine Cottage) they also acquired the name Poor House Lane Cottages.

For nearly 50 years of their history the cottages were part of the privately run Lapford Academy School which closed in 1908.

2. National heritage listing

Pleasant Cottage, Northcott Cottage and Rosebank Cottage including garden railings to east and south.

3 cottages, said to date from 1740 and features are consistent with mid C18, C19 addition.  Plastered cob on rubble footings; rubble stacks topped with C19 and C20 brick; thatched roof. Row of 3 cottages under same roof facing south with 1 room added in C19 set back from main front at right (east) end.

Pleasant Cottage at the left (west) end is a 2-room plan cottage with corner stack to left rear. Northcott Cottage in the centre is a 2-room plan cottage with an axial stack in left party wall. Rosebank Cottage at right (east) end has 1 room in the main block with rear corner stack and another room in the recessed addition. All are 2 storeys. Main block has a regular 5-window front and addition has a 6th window. Both Pleasant Cottage and Northcott Cottage have symmetrical 2-window fronts with central doorways and C20 slate monopitch roofed porches. Pleasant Cottage windows are C20 casements and sashes, most with glazing bars. Northcott Cottage has C20 casements with glazing bars. Rosebank Cottage has C19 and C20 casements and door is to recessed room behind C20 single storey extension. Only Pleasant Cottage inspected internally. It has plain carpentry detail, a chamfered beam with runout stops and diagonal corner rubble fireplace with replacement lintel and includes a Bideford cloam oven with its pot door to left.

Late C19 cast iron boundary spear railings and fleur-de-lis finials to main verticals, brick footings and ornate gateposts with round-arched overthrow enriched with scroll work and twisted pieces is included for group value.

Listing NGR: SS7316008225

4. 1910 Board of Inland Revenue Assessment

Entry for Challice Gate Cottage (then Rosebank Cottage)
Owner: William Challice, 47 Polsloe Road, Heavitree
Occupier: J Burridge
Market value: £75
Rent :£4
Description: as above

Entry for today’s Honey Cottage (then Northcott Cottage)
Owner: William Challice, 47 Polsloe Road, Heavitree
Occupier: H Hawkins
Market value: £75
Rent :£5
Description: as above


Entry for Pleasant Cottage
Owner: William Challice, 47 Polsloe Road, Heavitree
Occupier: H Littlejohn
Market value: £75
Rent :£5
Description: as above

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