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North Devon (District Authority)
Bishop's Tawton
National Grid Reference:
SS 58557 27168


BISHOPS TAWTON HALL SS 52 NE 10/36 Hall House 26.2.65 GV II*

Country house. c.1846-1850 by Philip Hardwick and rear range by R.D. Gould. Ashlar stonework and dressings. Slate roofs with coped gable ends, ball finial to right end. Chimneystacks with groups of tall octagonal shafts with moulded caps. Plain moulded cornice and continuous drip mould above ground and first floor windows. Irregular double pile plan with principal rooms flanking wide entrance hall. Banqueting hall adjoins at right angles at left end, extending back into rear left side range from which a twin gabled section extends to rear right side, parallel and adjoining to main range. Jacobethan style. 2 storeys and attic storey. The main range: 2 storeys and attic, 1:3:1 bays, right and left projecting rectangular 2 storey and attic bays with attic windows in shaped Flemish gables with ball finials. Smaller central attic gable with obelisk finial. Large central tetrastyle Doric Renaissance portico with ball finials above each column. Semi circular headed entrances to centre and to each side, that to centre flanked by round-arched openings. Round-arched sidelights with fluted keystones to each side of doorway with fanlight and door with lozenge panels. 3-light window above flanked by single light windows and 3-light attic window above that. In flanking bays. 5-light windows to ground and first storeys and 3-light attic windows. All stone mullion windows and except for attic all with transoms. To left-gabled slightly recessed single bay, linking main range to banqueting hall which forms projecting gabled cross-wing to far left with apex gablet, corbel table and bell turret with pyramidal roof and finial, shouldered-arched openings to front and rear. Impressive 4-light pointed arched window to gable end with Decorated geometric tracery. Hoodmould with human head corbels and blind quatrefoil stone inset above, and flanking buttresses. Three 2-light windows to right side with trefoil, quatrefoil and cinquefoil traceried heads in sequence from left to right, each with different hoodmould and a buttress to its left with offsets. 2-light casement below left side window. Length of walling extending from left side incorporates C17 doorway with eared architrave and basket arch with cherubs heads above flanking Chichester family crest. 2-light Perpendicular style windows between massive lateral stack with offsets and stair turret with segmental pointed arched cellar doorway in the base to left side of banqueting hall. Variously dated decorated lead rainwater heads. Interior: details appear largely intact including plaster ceilings to principal rooms, large dog-leg staircase with thick turned balusters and stairlight window with stained glass by Pole Brothers. Reused early C16 bench ends in panelling to rear right side entrance hall. Banqueting hall has 5 arch-braced trusses, minstrels gallery, massive open fireplace and painted Royal Arms said to come from Shirwell Church.

Listing NGR: SS5855727168


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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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