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South Hams (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SX 85128 54944


DITTISHAM SX85SE 11/250 Bramble Torre House 9.2.61


House. Circa mid C18. "Plaque" H. over R J 1767; extended in C19 and C20. Rendered stone rubble. Slate roof with gabled ends black glazed ridge tiles and wooden modillion moulded eaves cornice. Projecting rendered stacks at gable ends. Plan: A 2-room plan 3 storey house with a basement. The 2 principal rooms are raised as a piano nobile over the services which were in the basement before a single storey outshut was added in the C19 on the higher ground level at the back. The house has a flight of stairs at the front to the central entrance hall which has a dog-leg staircase between the 2 principal rooms. There is said to have been a servants staircase boxed in the left hand room which rose from the services in the basement up to the attic. The C19 outshut has a kitchen to the left and dairy to the right. In the C20 a single storey wing was added to the right of the rear outshut on the higher ground level at the back. Exterior: 3 storeys and basement. Symmetrical 3-bay front with rusticated quoins and keyblocks. The ground floor is raised up as a piano nobile with a flight of imperial stairs with an arch underneath, to a central doorway; the stair has C20 wooden balustrades. The doorway has a large keyblock, a flat canopy on shaped brackets and a wide C18 fielded 8-panel door, the top panels glazed, in a moulded doorframe. To the left and right on the ground and first floors C18 tripartite sashes (4:16:4 panes) and above on the second floor C18 2-light sashes (12:12 panes); at the centre on the first and second floor C18 single-light 12-pane sashes; all with large keyblocks. The sashes in the ground floor left hand window have been replaced by sashes with horns. The basement windows are C20 2-light casements with glazing bars in the original openings with segmental heads with keyblocks. Single storey extensions set back on the left hand end has 2 C20 12-pane sash windows to the front. there is a C20 flat roof garage at the right hand end at the lower ground level. Rear elevation: The single storey outshut at the back is on the higher ground level; it has a slate lean-to roof and C20 2 and 3-light casements with glazing bars and kitchen stack to the right with a tall rendered shaft; there are no windows above the outshut on the back wall of the house. Interior: The principal right hand room has a circa mid C19 Devon limestone (marble) chimneypiece with ornate cast iron grate, segmental- headed alcoves either side and fielded panel dado. The left hand roofs dado panelling and chimneypiece have been replaced and the servant's staircase, which is said to have been boxed in the rear right hand corner, has been removed. The doorways in the entrance hall have moulded eared architraves and C18 6-panel doors. Good dog-leg staircase with a closed string, turned balusters, moulded hand rail and square newels with moulded caps. The right hand room on the first floor has a C19 Devon marble (limestone) chimneypiece with a cast iron grate and glancing alcoves with segmental heads. The left hand room on the first floor has 2 cupboards with fielded 2-panel doors. The partitions have been removed in the basement where at the left hand end is the original kitchen fireplace with a cambered brick arch and a bread oven. In the rear outshut the present kitchen behind the left hand room has a timber lintel to its fireplace and the dairy to the right has slate slab shelves. rising from the kitchen are steps up to the original back door of the house with an C18 fielded 2-panel door.

Listing NGR: SX8512854944


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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: 01 Nov 2001
Reference: IOE01/05579/09
Rights: Copyright IoE Kenneth Dent. Source Historic England Archive
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