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South Hams (District Authority)
South Milton
National Grid Reference:
SX 68992 42155


SOUTH MILTON SX 64 SE 4/110 Horswell House 26.1.67 II

Country House. 1720 - 40 with earlier rear wing. Stucco stone walls to front range, plastered rubble to rear wing. Double hipped slate roof to front, gable ended to rear wing. 2 brick axial stacks to front and 3 brick stacks to rear wing. Plan: the principal front range consists of 2 rooms of differing depths at the front either side of a central passage which leads to a stairhall at the rear. Smaller room behind the left-hand room. At the rear of the right-hand one is another large room, probably the dining-room, extending partly into the rear wing, which continues to incorporate kitchen and service rooms. This wing has few early features but probably dates to the Cl?. Smaller C19 wings built against the side of it on inner face. Exterior: 3 storeys with basement. Symmetrical 5-window front of early C19 hornless sashes of 12 panes. 3 hipped dormer windows. C20 double glazed doors at centre under original shell hood. Deep coved plaster cornice below sprocketted eaves. Right-hand elevation of C18 block has similar windows apart from a large marginal paned early C19 sash on ground floor to right. Lower rear wing has early and late C19 sashes and late C19 or early C20 casements. Rear of C18 block has a tall roundheaded stair window with intersecting glazing bars. To the right of the house a section of garden wall extends a short distance and terminates in stone gate piers with ball finials. Interior: the 2 front rooms have C18 chimneypieces of classical design with simple carved low relief decoration. The left-hand room has an egg and dart cornice, 6-panelled door and panelled shutters. The right-hand room has a simple plaster frieze. On the hall side both doorways to front rooms have shouldered doorcases. Original open-well staircase with cut string, decorated tread ends, wreathed handrail and turned balusters. Shallow arch between front and rear parts of hall. Dining room partly in rear wing, also has an C18 chimneypiece and a decorative plaster cornice with acanthus leaf ceiling rose. On the lst floor the 2 front rooms also retain their chimneypieces and have C18 2-panelled doors and simple moulded cornices. The attic rooms have 2-panel doors but there are also 2 C17 panelled doors. This house is a good example of its period with a very unspoilt exterior and preserving a number of C18 features inside.

Listing NGR: SX6899242155


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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: 21 Sep 2002
Reference: IOE01/07918/17
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Robert Luscombe. Source Historic England Archive
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