Newton House / Newton Surmaville

17 Oct 1999
Newton House, Barwick, South Somerset, Somerset, BA20 2RZ
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Newton Surmaville, Barwick, South Somerset, Somerset, BA20 2RZ
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


2/21 Newton Surmaville (formerly listed as Newton House under Yeovil Without CP) 19.4.61 GV I

Country House. Built between 1608 and 1612 for Robert Harbin, with minor C19 modifications. Ham stone cut, squared and random coursed, with ashlar dressings; Welsh slate roofs between coped gables, with some lead flat roofs; stone chimney stacks with pierced stone cowls crowned with ball finials. Medieval hall with flanking porch and passage translated into Classical and symmetrical terms, somewhat influenced by nearby, and just earlier, Montacute House (qv); Library and rear services added 1875: principal (North) elevation of 2-storeys with gable attics; 5-bays, of which -1, -3 and -5 are gabled, and -2 and -4 project with flat roofs behind balustered parapets. Plinthed, with string courses, plain coped gables with profusion of finials including obelisks: semi- circular arched entrance porch in bay-4 with heavy door in recess, square panel over cutting into string course with arms of Harbin impaling Pert; 5-light by 3-light ovolo mould mullioned and transomed square bay windows through both storeys bay-2 and upper bay-4; elsewhere matching 5-light windows to ground floor, 4-light to first floor, and 3-lights without transomes to attic gables. East front to river of 4-bays separated by projecting gables with chimney stacks, one of which is a chimney: central projection has plain doorway with coat of arms in panel over: 3-light mullioned and transomed windows to full width each bay, bays-2 and -3; plinth, string courses, balustraded parapets between gables. West elevation plain, with simple single-storey projecting porch in centre. Internally the principal rooms little altered: entrance passage leads through to mostly C19 staircase lobby; to right the breakfast parlour (formerly the buttery), with original panelling, and to the left the one-storey hall, with slightly later panelling and a Georgian cornice to a plain ceiling; through this room, in the North East corner, the drawing room, with probably original panelling and thin-ribbed plaster ceiling and two fine Brussels tapestries; beyond this, along the East front, again with original panelling and thin-ribbed ceiling, with pendants. The staircase to the rear, wrapped around the garde-robe flue, was radically altered in the C19 when the rear passage was formed. The central first floor bedroom has an original plaster ceiling and panelling as well as an original fireplace and several tapestries; the first floor library, in the South East corner has a prominent oriel window, and was added in 1875 to the design of Joseph N Johnstone. On the South side a paved courtyard with C19 stables and the Wring-house, or Cider room. (Grdon Nares "Newton Surmaville, Somerset"; Country Life, issues of September 5th, 12th and 19th 1952; SANHS Proceedings Volume 56, 1-37 and 2-19/21, also Volume 109 pp 33-34).

Listing NGR: ST5652915395


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0882 IOE Records taken by Brian Haigh; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Brian Haigh. Source: Historic England Archive

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Photographer: Haigh, Brian

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Ashlar, Ham Hill Stone, Lead, Welsh Slate, Tudor Counting House, Elizabethan Domestic, Stuart House, Jacobean Dwelling, Courtyard, Gardens Parks And Urban Spaces, Cider House, Industrial, Wine And Cidermaking Site, Food And Drink Industry Site, Laundry, Commercial, Stable, Agriculture And Subsistence, Animal Shed, Farm Building, Agricultural Building, Transport, Service Wing