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Cob Cottage

Cob Cottage is a traditional English cottage constructed largely of ‘Cob’ with a Thatched roof. The Cottage is a ‘Grade II’ Listed property and is located within the central Tolpuddle Conservation area. Cob Cottage is thought to be the oldest remaining dwelling in Tolpuddle, probably dating back to the 15th Century.

The central part of the cottage (mainly around the Dining room & Kitchen) is the oldest part of the cottage – it is here that a black ‘Wattle’ coating found around the original ‘Inglenook fireplace’ in the Dining room when the cottage was renovated provides the evidence of the likely 15th Century origin of the cottage. The fireplace is still largely in it’s original condition, complete with Oak Bressumer beam and bread ovens to either side:

 The cottage was probably originally built as a Dorset ‘Longhouse’ (houses were often built long and narrow at that time as the Cob building material  used locally does not lend itself to higher buildings and it was difficult to get the long timbers required for wider / higher roofs). The section of the cottage on the lower level (incorporating the Living room on the ground floor and Master & Bunk bedrooms on the first floor) was originally a ‘Byre’ where the animals belonging to the cottage residents would have been kept:

 During the early part of the 20th Century what had been the Byre became a workshop, where various mechanical and electrical items would have been repaired. It was brought into the main cottage as additional accommodation during the second half of the last Century, adding the upper floor (into the eaves of the existing roof) and a second (smaller) fireplace / chimney breast.

The name 'Cob Cottage' reflects the original construction material used to make the walls of the cottage - 'Cob' (the word comes from old English, meaning a ‘lump’ or ‘rounded mass’) was made from hand formed lumps of earth mixed with sand, straw and water (and sometimes with crushed stone or flint) - below you can see the exposed Cob (just below the Thatch) in the wall between Cob Cottage and the adjoining property in the Attic:

Walls had to be built very thick in order to provide sufficient support for the upper floor and roof - this thickness, along with the thatched roof, helps to keep the cottage pleasantly warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer.

For information on the surrounding area and the story that made Tolpuddle into "the most famous Village in the World", please use the links below:

Tolpuddle Village

Tolpuddle Martyrs



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