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Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
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SW 79945 31956



SW73SE SILVERDALE ROAD 843-1/1/184 Marlborough House 23/01/73


Small country house. c1810, built for John Bull, the celebrated Packet Captain. Stucco on rubble; scantle slate hipped roof with very deep projecting eaves over modillion cornice; rendered linked paired end stacks, plus hipped wings with corner stacks; cast-iron ogee gutters with lions' heads and cast-iron fleurs-de-lis over eaves cornices of wings. Double-depth plan. 3 storeys with slightly later C19 heightened 2-storey wings; symmetrical 1:3:1-bay entrance front and also garden front. Original or restored hornless sashes with thin glazing bars, those to wings with moulded architraves. Entrance front has open gable/pediment with relief of Bull's ship, the Duke of Marlborough, to central bay. Ground floor has segmental-on-plan porch with 5-bay Ionic colonnade to central 3 bays; fleur-de-lis cresting, key pattern to soffit and brackets to cornice which continues round the wings which are fronted by niches with Classical statues; central round-arched doorway with spoked and decorated fanlight over pair of glazed doors with margin panes; casement window above doorway with similar glazing. Garden front has windows of diminishing height to each floor of centre bays and round-arched sashes with fanlight heads to ground floor of wings. Right-hand return has central bowed window bay; Ionic pilasters to ground floor. INTERIOR: very fine quality plasterwork and joinery details and exceptional quality cantilevered spiral elliptical-on-plan staircase with scrolled wrought-iron balustrade and mahogany handrail scrolled over newels; lantern above; mahogany panelled doors and overlights and some rare Flemish grisaille wallpaper. HISTORY: John Bull named this house after his ship, Duke of Marlborough, the 2nd of its name, which was probably engaged in more action than any other packet ship. (Dunstan B: The Book of Falmouth and Penryn: Chesham: 1975-1989: 70-72).

Listing NGR: SW7994531956


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Dunstan, B, The Book of Falmouth and Penryn, (1989), 70-72


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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