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North Devon (District Authority)
Horwood, Lovacott and Newton Tracey
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SS 50340 27595


HORWOOD HORWOOD SS 52 NW 4/60 Horwood House 25.2.65 GV II

House. C17 with some evidence of earlier origins, remodelled and extended in early C18 and again extended at rear in early C19, and restored c.1960. Painted stone and cob. Hipped slate roof with crested ridge tiles. Brick stack at right end and to rear of lower end, enclosed by rear wing. Originally a 3-room and through-passage plan, formerly with a lateral rear stack heating the hall, now removed. In the C18, a storeyed porch was added and 5 short extensions with hipped roofs in line to rear, with 2 stair turrets flanking a small central room to rear of hall, a kitchen at rear of upper end, and a principal south-facing room, which is slightly deeper than the other 4 extensions, to the rear of the lower end. In C19, a large storeroom with gable ends was added to the rear of this last extension, parallel with the principal range. In the 1960 remodelling, the through-passage was widened by taking in part of lower end, removing the hall/inner room partition and enlarging the south stair hall by taking in the small rear central room. 2 storeys. 6-window range, including storeyed porch. 3 timber transomed 2-light windows at right end, with square leaded glazing pattern to the casements, and much of the original glass surviving, one of the panes to the right end window etched "Jane Dene 1754". The decorative wrought iron catches also intact. Otherwise mainly 16-paned sashes without horns to upper storey, and to ground floor window to right of porch The ground floor sash at right end is of 20 panes. The upper storey window to right of porch has 18 panes, as does that to the porch itself, the sash box flush with the wall. The gabled storeyed porch is supported on chamfered timber posts set in rebuilt stone bases. 6 panelled door with small shield above, reset from inside the passage. South facade at lower end of 3 bays, 16-paned sashes to upper storey, 8 over 12 panes to ground floor sashes with blocked central doorway. Interior: following a period of dereliction, the ground floor was largely remodelled in c.1960, the partition between hall and inner room removed, an Adam style fireplace added to lower end, which retains a C18 moulded plasterwork cornice and marble chimneypiece to upper end. Principal staircase rebuilt in style of the surviving early C18 secondary dog-leg staircase which has reeded balusters, moulded handrails and capped newels of square section with recessed panels to each facet. Some early joinery survives to the integral cupboards at the base of these stairs and to the 3-panelled doors to the principal chambers. The room over the porch retains good early C18 panelling to all 4 walls, 2 panels high, with integral window seat. Roof structure principally C18 with 5 trusses over the main range with 2 tiers of threaded purlins and ridge purlins, but the south truss over the lower end is C17 with an Alcock Type F1 apex, the collar removed Truss over rear extension at upper end also has a short saddle. The purlins over this wing and one of the purlins over the lower end are smoke-blackened suggesting this may have once been an open hall house of some stature. It was formerly the seat of the Pollard and Dene families. The geometrical plasterwork ceiling has not survived.

Listing NGR: SS5033927589


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 24 Feb 2001
Reference: IOE01/02731/01
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