27a School House, Allerford, Holnicote Estate

Record ID:  115027*1 / MNA136629
Record type:  Building
Protected Status: None Recorded
NT Property:  Holnicote Estate; South West
Civil Parish:  Selworthy; West Somerset; Somerset
Grid Reference:  SS 904 469
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A Late 19th century cottage for the village schoolmistress with some attractive detailing, butting onto west end of thatched schoolroom (MNA138268). Two storey, three cell house, approximately T- shaped and built onto the west wall of Allerford School. Roof of slate over rendered and limewashed walls, probably rubble stone.

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Monument Types

  • SCHOOL HOUSE (Late 19th C - 1867 AD to 1899 AD)
  • TOILET (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WOOD SHED (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GARDEN SHED (Modern - 1901 AD to 2050 AD)


Two storey, three cell house, approximately T- shaped and built onto the west wall of Allerford School. Roof ridge T-shaped at same level as school ridge ( school roof thatched). Gables facing south and west. Gabled dormer in north pitch. Single chimney emerging through east ridge. Single storey porch over front door between foot of 'T-shape' and west wall of school lean-to. Rear lean-tos on north wall, overlapping on school wall, also with single pitched roofs.
Fenestration regular with pentices over west ground floor windows. Roof of slate with collared ridge tiles. Walls probably of rubble stone, all rendered and limewashed with black tar band. Gables slate hung with vents into roof space, as in cottages 26 and 27 ( 115,026).

Built on west end of school, recorded as completed in 1882 in Mr. J. K. Ridler's book 'The Story of Allerford School', compiled from the school registers. ( Not shown on the 1876 Holnicote Estate map but on the 1889 O.S. Somerset sheet XXXIV.2, scale 1:2,500).

Important Features:
External appearance with slate hung gables.
Slate floor in larder.
Late 19c stairs.
Fireplaces in sitting room, bedrooms H and I ( late 19c).
Late 19c doors and windows with fixtures.
In a good state of repair.

Lavatory: Small lean-to on north wall of Allerford School, backing on to bathroom. Roof of slate over walls of brick, front rendered and limewashed. Late 19c. In a fair state of repair.
Garden Store: Lean-to on north wall of school. Roof of corrugated asbestos over walls of vertical planks on frame. Late 20c, in a fair state of repair.
Log House: Small square shed set on the northern boundary of the garden, backed into the school area. It was probably built to serve the school as there is a blocked doorway in the east elevation. Gable ended roof. Roof of double roman tiles with matching ridge over walls of rubble stone with brick jambs and quoins, the blocked doorway and small windows have stone jambs. Early 19c, probably built with the school and doorway changed around the late 19c. Important features: external appearance. [1]

Built onto the west end of the schoolroom and recorded as completed in 1882 (J.K.Ridler, The Story of Allerford School). The house is two storey, L-shaped with two main rooms and a store room, lean-tos along the north wall of the cottage and school provide extra storage space. The roof is slated with slate-hanging in the gables, the walls are rubble stone, rendered and limewashed. Three bedrooms on the first floor. Roof structure supported by A-frame trusses. This cottage is very similar to sites 115026 and 115027 [now both recorded in MNA138989], and was probably built soon after they were constructed. [2]


  • SZN48220 - Unpublished document: Isabel Richardson. 2001. Holnicote Estate Archaeological Survey, Somerset. 115027/1.

  • SZN8842 - Vernacular Building Survey: Isabel J Richardson. 1993. VBS: 27A Allerford, School House. [Mapped feature: #181045 ]


None Recorded

Other Statuses and References

  • Conservation Area
  • HER/SMR Reference (External) (Exmoor NP HER): MEM22129
  • National Park (Exmoor)

Associated Events

  • ENA3149 - Field Survey, Archaeological Survey of the Holnicote Estate 2001
  • ENA10577 - Heritage Assessment, Vernacular Building Surveys within the Holnicote Estate, 1991-1997

Associated Finds

None Recorded

Related Records

  • Part of: Allerford Museum (Old School), Allerford, Holnicote Estate (Building) - 115223 / MNA138268