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Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
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SX 45307 52752



7/178 Mount Edgcumbe House

21.7.51 GV II

Country house. Original house dated from mid C16 with C19 alterations; gutted, outer walls only remaining, and rebuilt 1958, dated to rear. Random sandstone rubble on rendered and lined out plinth, granite dressings, some doorways and windows re-used, other copies. Plain tiled roof. Square plan with octagonal tower to each corner. 2 storey front, with central 2-storey porch and 3-storey octagonal tower to each end. Entrance porch has 2-centred arched roll-moulded doorway, with roundels in spandrels, 2-light overlight with moulded corbel over, pilasters to sides, frieze with segmental broken pediment with shield and cornucopiae in tympanum. Granite mullioned window over, 4-light with king mullion, wave-moulded with ogee-headed lights and carved spandrels; this window appears to be original. The other windows are of similar design, but of 2 lights; some in the other elevations are facsimiles. 3 bays to each side of porch, 2 inner bays have 2-light window at ground and first floor, outer bay has 4-light window at ground and first floor. Cill band, cornice and embattled parapet carried round all centre bays including porch. Towers to ends have 2-light window each side at each floor, with band courses, modillion cornice and embattled parapet. Left side has central 2-storey canted bay, with 4-centred arched doorway with overlight, 2 single lights right and left, two 2-light windows and single light to each side at first floor, embattled parapet. Bay to right and left, each with 3- light window at ground and first floor. Octagonal rubble stack to inner side of tower to right, windows as to front; stair turret to inner side of tower to left, with lancets, cornice and embattled parapet. Right side has 5 central bays, at first floor with windows of 2,3,4,3 and 2 lights, ground floor has 4-centred arched roll-moulded doorway (re-used) with quatrefoils in spandrels, 3,4,3 and 2-light windows to right. Flight of 8 steps to door, 6 multi- pane basement windows. Tower to left has 2-light window at ground floor, tower to right has 2-light window at first floor. Rear has central 2-storey canted bay, with 4-light window to front and single lights to sides. 2 bays to right, with 4-light windows at ground floor and 3-light windows at first floor; 3 bays to left have two 3-light and one 2-light window at first floor, at ground floor 3-light window to left and 2-light window to right, with central 4-centred arched doorway with surround of 3 chamfered orders. Cill string, cornice and embattled parapet. Tower to left has 2-light window, tower to right has 2-light window. Interior Not inspected. (Sources for all items in Mount Edgcumbe Country Park: Manpower Services Commission Survey of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cornwall County Council 1983/84. Radcliffe, E.: Buildings of England: Cornwall 1970. Country Life if 238, xi 317, cxvi 794, cxxviii 1550, cxxviii 1550 and 1958. Rawlings, K.J.: Defence Works Plymouth Area 1300-1983. 1984. The Cornish Magazine, vol II for 1899: Edgcumbe, Lady Ernestine: Mount Edgcumbe).

Listing NGR: SX4334551282


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, (1970)
Rawlings, KJ , Defence Works Plymouth Area 1300-1983, (1984)
'Country Life' in Country Life, , Vol. 2, (), 238
'Country Life' in Country Life, , Vol. 2, (), 317
'Country Life' in Country Life, , Vol. 2, (), 794
'Country Life' in Country Life, , Vol. 2, (), 1550 1984
Edgcumbe, E, 'Cornish Magazine' in Mount Edgcumbe, , Vol. 2, (1899)
Edgcumbe, E, 'Cornish Magazine' in Mount Edgcumbe, , Vol. 2, (1899)
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 8 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly,


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 May 2003
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