Devon in the 1920s – Tracking Down Some Cottage Locations

Some 525 cottages in Devon were restored according to the generous provisions of the 1926 Housing (Rural Workers Act) between 1926 and 1930. Although the 1926 act was a national scheme to improve the housing of farm workers, Devon was one of only a handful of counties to take the scheme up. Strong support for Devon’s participation came from Sir Francis Acland and R. T. Shears, Clerk to County Council’s Housing (Rural Workers) Act Committee. The latter published a book on the subject (Conservation of Devonshire Cottages, 1968).

A number of ‘before and after’ photographs were taken of these properties at the time but most of their locations are unknown. Since the 1920s further changes may of course have been made to these dwellings. Do you recognise any of them?

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House 1 House 2 House 3 Barn Conversion 1
Barn Conversion 2 House 4 House 5 Barn Conversion 3

No ‘after’ photo from the 1920s available

No modern photo available Feb 2022
Barn Conversion 2 – 2022

Beard’s Farm, Fremington

Identified by Emma Rhoads

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House 4 – 2021

1-4 Glebe Cottages, Drewsteignton

Identified by Alex, HER Environment Officer and Samantha, Head of Comms
Dartmoor National Park

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House 5 – 2021

Church Hill, Awliscombe

Identified by John Cann of Awliscombe

Store Conversion 1 Georgian House 1 Woollen Mill 1 School House
Woollen Mill 1 – 2022

This mill has been identified as situated in Chagford.

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School House

Fourways, Langdown, Spreyton, EX 17 5AX

Located by Andy Bowman