Marker's Cottage Part 1

1 : Introduction to Killerton
2 : Killerton House and Gardens
3 : Killerton House Interior

4 : Killerton Chapel
5 : Broadclyst
6 : Clyston Mill

7 : Broadclyst Church
8 : Marker's Cottage

Marker's Cottage is a medieval Grade II listed thatched cottage in the village of Broadclyst. It is named after Sarah Marker who lived there between 1790 and 1814. The cottage was built of cob, a mixture of mud and straw, around 1450.

The interior features timbers blackened by the smoke from an open fire, originally in the central hall, and an unusual painted medieval screen in the parlour decorated with painted 'grotesque' work and a landscape scene with St Andrew (pictured below).

The cottage has three rooms on the ground floor, joined by a through-passage, and two bedrooms upstairs. The upper floor and staircases were added more recently.

The cottage has been divided up in different ways over the years. The fireplace has been moved from the centre of the main room to the edge.

          An ancient book press (right).

The painted screen in the ground floor parlour is an historic feature of the cottage.

The earliest panel (left) probably dates from 1530 and depicts St Andrew. Two other panels date from during or soon after the Reformation.

The paintings were executed using animal glue coloured with iron oxide, calcium, calcium carbonate, and carbon eventually to produce a palette of red, yellow, white, and black.

These were painted on to a primer coat of red lead or chalk.

Decorative plaster work called pargeting - a term now more often applied to the decorative exterior of buildings - may be seen in the upper rooms of the cottage (above).
Pargeting was created by stamping wooden patterns on to wet plaster.

Fairly recently, old windows at the rear of the cottage and overlooking the garden have been discovered and opened up (above and right).

We continue to view the rooms upstairs and then the garden. Please click on the 'Next Page' button below right.

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