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Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
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SW 81736 45512



SW84NW COMPRIGNEY HILL 880-1/1/34 (West side) Comprigney


Country house. C18 with possible C16 core, extended early C20 for George Coulter Hancock. Stucco or render on masonry; hipped dry Delabole slate roofs with rendered axial stacks. Fairly large rectangular double-depth plan. Classical-style features. 2 storeys; SE front is overall 9-window range: symmetrical 7-window front of C18 house on the right and 2-window return of early C20 projecting wing on the left. Plinth; moulded architraves with pediments to ground floor; moulded string and eaves cornice; early C19 and early C20 sashes with glazing bars. Central round-headed doorway within recessed panel; panelled reveals and spoked fanlight over 6-panel door. Left-hand return is early C20 three-bay garden front with central bay broken forward and surmounted by a triangular pediment with modillioned cornices and oculus over small 9-pane sash to first floor and Venetian window to ground floor. Other elevations also unaltered since early C20. INTERIOR: many good quality possibly C18 and early C20 features including probably mid C18 dogleg stair with closed string, column-turned balusters and moulded mahogany handrail; round-headed doorcases, to entrance vestibule, with panelled reveals; panelled doors and shutters, moulded architraves, moulded plaster ceiling cornices (some carved) and many chimney-pieces. History: In C16 Comprigney was a 24-acre manor and part of the Duke of Arundell's estate. In 1718 it was the birthplace of the Reverend Thomas Vivian whose son John (according to Tregellas) may be called the founder of the Cornish copper trade; his son Sir Richard Hussey Vivian distinguished himself at Waterloo and became Baron Vivian of Glynn and Truro; also MP for Truro 1820-1826 and 1833-1835. The house was then the property of his heirs until passing to William Mitchell who died there in 1845. During World War II the house was requisitioned by the American Forces. (Miller & Company, sale particulars: 1990-).

Listing NGR: SW8173645512


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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: 27 Aug 2007
Reference: IOE01/16748/02
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Ivor Corkell. Source Historic England Archive
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