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Mid Devon (District Authority)
Cruwys Morchard
National Grid Reference:
SS 87058 12334


SS81 SE CRUWYS MORCHARD CRUWYS MORCHARD 2/84 The Old Rectory including the - stable block II Former rectory, disused at time of survey (1986). 1862, built for the Reverend G.S. Cruwys at a cost of £3,000 (White's Devonshire (1878-9). Snecked local stone with some freestone dressings; 2-span slate roof, gabled at ends with 2 gables to the front; stone stacks with grouped ashlar shafts. Some cob visible in stable block. Tudor style with some ambitious detail although rather old-fashioned for 1862. South-facing double depth main range, 2 rooms wide with a central entrance into a corridor containing the stair. The 4 rooms are heated from axial stacks with back to back fireplaces. A narrow service courtyard to the west is formed by U plan service rooms adjoining the rear left (north west) of the main range and extended to the front by a stable block and groom's room. Access to the service courtyard is through an archway between the stables and service rooms. There is a second, smaller enclosed courtyard at the rear of the main range, formed by a gabled block to the north and a miniature baronial battlemented wall to the north-east. 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3-bay front, gabled to the front at left and right. Shallow central battlemented porch with central gable and a moulded stone Tudor arched doorway between buttresses with set-offs. Panelled front door with Tudor arched fanlight with intersecting glazing bars. To the left the front elevation is slightly broken forward with a 2-storey battlemented canted bay with transomed mullioned timber windows to the first and ground floors with a frieze of blind stone tracery between them; 2-light casement to attic storey in gable. To the right of the front door 3-light transomed mullioned timber windows ; similar 2-light window above porch with the remains of some stained glass quarries. The east elevation (visible from the drive) is equally important with a shallow 2- storey battlemented bay lighting the ground and first floor rooms at the front with 4-light transomed mullioned windows with king mullions and a frieze of blind tracery between; 2-light window to attic storey in gable with square leaded panes. The rear rooms of the east elevation have 2-light transomed mullioned windows. Adjoining the east elevation to the rear is a section of battlemented walling with a 2-centred moulded stone doorway leading to the rear courtyard with a rounded embattled machiolated corner turret with an ornamental arrow slit. Interior Very complete with stone Tudor style chimneypieces and co-eval joinery including a stair with turned balusters and foliage - carved finials. Ground floor front right has a coved plaster cornice with big buds and flowers in deep relief ; plainer plaster cornice to ground floor front left. The Tudor details extend to the stable block which has Tudor arches with pierced quatrefoils over the loose boxes. An unusually grand and complete example of relatively small Tudor style rectory.

Listing NGR: SS8705812334


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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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