Roborough Grange

19 Jul 2000
Roborough Grange, Roborough, Torridge, Devon
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

ROBOROUGH SS 51 NE 8/176 Roborough Grange - II

Rectory, now house. Dated 1842. Squared and coursed sandstone with tooled ashlar dressings. Welsh-slate roofs, gable-ended to front with M-shaped roof at right angles to rear and gable-ended over the rear wings. Rendered stone axial stacks.

Plan: Irregular square plan, facing south-east. Dining room to front at right and drawing room to left, central staircase hall to rear with library to left, former study to right and entrance passage leading to a porch on the right-hand side.

Kitchen and other service rooms in basement, approached at ground level from the rear. Two full-height wings projecting at right angles at rear with external end stacks, the south east wing incorporating a possible former coach house in the basement and the north-east wing formerly including the nursery. Small service courtyard between wings, enclosed by a wall at the rear. Tudor Gothic style. Two storeys over basement.

Exterior: Chamfered plinth. Parapeted gables with shaped kneelers, chamfered copings, and square finials at the apices of the principal gables with moulded bases on small shaped corbels, chamfered corners with runout stops, and moulded cornices to hemispherical tops. Mid C19 chamfered mullioned and transomed wooden windows with glazing bar sashes and returned hoodmoulds. Symmetrical south-east (garden) front has 2 full-height projecting square bays which have 3-light panels between. Central first-floor one-light window between bays and central ground-floor carved stone shield dated 1842 (in raised lettering). North-east (entrance) front has a first- floor canted stone oriel window in the gable end to left with a double-curved moulded base, 1-:1-:1-light window (margin-light glazing bar sash to centre and 4-panes to side lights), and moulded cornice to flat top, and barred 2-light basement window to left. Set-back part to right has a gabled semi dormer with a 2-light window, ground- floor 2-light window, one-light staircase window to right (lighting back staircase) and barred 2-light basement window to right. Central chamfered Tudor-arched doorway with C19 plank door, wooden frame and splayed reveals. Gabled stone porch with 5 stone steps up to a continuously-moulded Tudor-arched entrance with a straight moulded weathering above. Interior of porch has pointed segmental-arched recesses in side walls. South-west (garden) front has a first-floor blind 2-light window in the gable end to right and a ground-floor projecting square bay below with 3-light ground-floor window, 2-light basement window with one-light windows to sides, and hipped slate roof. Full-height projecting gabled square bay to left has ground-and first-floor 3-light windows with blind 3-light panel between (ground-floor window with one-light windows to sides) and basement C20 sixteen-pane glazing bar sash.

First-floor one-light window to left of bay and ground-floor doorway with C20 door and approached by C20 steps (possibly formerly a window). Large mullioned and transomed staircase window at rear (3 x 4 panes) with returned hoodmould. End stacks of both service wings are corbelled out from the first floor. Tudor-arched basement doorway in the gable end of the right-hand (south-west) wing with 2 large C19 plank doors and dressed voussoirs. The right-hand side of the right-hand wing has a corbelled first-floor shallow bay window with a 2-light window and the left-hand side of the left-hand (north-east) wing has a gabled semi dormer with a 2-light window and 2 ground-floor 2-light windows. Wall enclosing rear service courtyard with chamfered plinth and coping and central gateway with square piers.

Interior: Largely complete early to mid C19 rectory interior. Central staircase hall with moulded skirting board and picture rail. Three-flight rectangular-well staircase with landings, closed string, stick balusters, square newel posts with chamfered corners, moulded caps and moulded pendants. Balustrade returns on 2 sides of landing. Large staircase window with engraved glass and engraved coloured glass in margins. Ground-floor 4-centred arched recess in wall opposite the side of the lower flight and 4-centred archway underneath the staircase (formerly with door) leading to the service roms. Wooden inner draught lobby to main entrance has a pair of half-glazed doors with carved spandrels in cinquefoil-headed lower panels, and painted panelled surround with trefoil-ended panels at top and carved floral motif.

Back staircase with stick balusters, square newel posts with chamfered corners, and gate at the top in a Chinese Chippendale style. Study (to right of entrance) has a painted stone 4-centred arched chimney-piece with carved spandrels and flanking hexagonal piers with battlemented tops. Dining room has an introduced late C19 Jacobean/Baroque wooden chimney-piece and overmantel. Drawing room has a moulded 4- centred arched stone chimney-piece with carved spandrels, frieze above with quatrefoiled circles and flanking hexagonal piers with battlemented tops. Moulded picture rail. Library has a painted stone moulded 4-centred arched chimney-piece with carved spandrels and raised surround with flanking pilasters. Four fitted recessed wooden Gothic bookcases with shelves above and cupboards below with 2 doors.

Pierced cinquefoil-heads with pierced pendants and carved spandrels, and cinquefoil- headed panelled doors with carved spandrels. Moulded picture rail. Six-panelled doors throughout ground and first floors with beaded-flush reveals. Windows formerly with internal shutters. Straight-flight service staircase leading to basement with closed string and stick balusters. Basement kitchen has a segmental-arched fireplace with a plain architrave and mantelshelf. Dairy in basement has slate shelves around the walls resting on brick piers, and stone-flagged floor. In the centre of the dairy is a stone salting table with an elongated octangonal top and a single central tapered square pier with chamfered corners.

This is a complete example of a mid C19 rectory.

Listing NGR: SS5797316764


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0990 IOE Records taken by Barbara Hilton; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Dr Barbara Hilton. Source: Historic England Archive

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Photographer: Hilton, Barbara

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