This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.


List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1140915



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Cornwall

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Gwennap

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 03-Feb-1986

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: LBS

UID: 63246

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Building

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Reasons for Designation

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


GWENNAP LOWER CUSGARNE SW 74 SE 5/146 Cusgarne House - GV II* Farmhouse. Probably C17 but front partly rebuilt or refaced and rear extended circa mid C18. Killas and granite rubble with granite quoins and jambstones. Wooden lintels with traces of stucco, incised to resemble voussoirs. Hipped dry Delabole slate roof to front with alternate crested clay ridge tiles and wooden eaves cornice with bobbin detail. Scantle slate and some dry slate to rear. Brick chimney over side walls and to gable ends of rear wings. 2-room plan with central stair in rear turret flanked by adjoining projecting service wings, each with 1 room. Large lateral chimney breast survives from earlier period to rear of front right (east) room. Large chimney breast of same period to west of left room. 2 storeys. Nearly symmetrical 3-window south front. All original mid C18 paired sashes with original wide glazing bars with internal ovolo moulding. Wide openings. The word 'Cosgarne' is scratched on 1 pane of ground floor left window. 12-panes per sash except 16-panes per sash to wider window over wide nearly central doorway. Original 6-panel door with top two panels later glazed. Original flanking sidelights each with 8-panes. Wide hood with moulded cornice over doorway supported on brackets and with consoles flanking door. Some arch and jambstones probably from earlier front survive in yard wall to rear (north) of kitchen. Interior is virtually unaltered since the mid C18 and has dado panelling to entrance hall and front rooms; formerly with horizontal boarding to right (east) room but now divided into rectangular panels. Otherwise panelling is fielded or with ovolo moulding, except some smaller panels probably from earlier period of house reused in entrance hall above dado level and to large walk in cupboards. Arch between vestibule and stair. Original moulded chair rails, doors with fittings, architraves and window shutters. Fine dog-leg stair with moulded handrail and newel caps and splat balusters. Kitchen to rear east has slate flagged floor and bowtell moulded beams. First floor and roof not inspected but said to be original. Cusgarne House was rented by James Watt between 1781 and 1800, during which period he supervised the installation of steam engines to his design, being fitted to mines in Cornwall. An unusually intact mid-C18 interior and rare survival of complete mid-C18 fenestration with much original glass. Rear elevation is also unspoilt and overlooks courtyard of unaltered circa early C19 stone outbuildings.

Listing NGR: SW7589740799

Selected Sources

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details

National Grid Reference: SW 75897 40799


© Crown Copyright and database right 2018. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2018. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1140915 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 15-Aug-2018 at 09:56:20.

End of official listing