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ST 02 SW 7/80 5.4.66

CLAYHANGER Nutcombe Manor (formerly listed as Nutwell Manor)


Manor house. Late C16/early C17 with some late C17/early C18 refurbishment and modifications of the 1950s. Dressed stone, brought to course with Ham Hill dressings; 1986 slate roof to main range, gabled at ends, rear left wing slate roof, half-hipped at left end, tiled roof to left end lean-to; rendered rear lateral stack to main range, right end stack with brick shaft, corner stack to rear left wing. Plan: Incomplete. The present arrangement is a single depth main range, 2 rooms wide with a rear centre stair wing, a rear left wing with a roof parallel to the main range, a rear right former dairy under a lean-to roof and a single-storey lean-to at the left end of the main range. 2 fine principal rooms to the front and a fine first floor chamber to front left, present entrance into left end lean-to. An early C18 painting of the house in the possession of the owner shows that the building formerly extended further to the left under a lower roofline, presumably the service wing, and illustrates a 2-storey porch on the front. Exterior: 2 storeys. Handsome 3-bay front with Ham Hill ovolo-moulded mullioned 4- light windows, with rounded relieving arches, the ground floor windows transomed with hoodmoulds and label stops, all glazed with square leaded panes. There is a straight joint between the main block and left end lean-to; late C16/early C17 plank and stud front door with strap hinges into lean-to it a later doorframe. The rear elevation has a 2-light timber moulded mullioned first floor window to the left of the stair wing which has a first floor 3-light mullioned window; a 2-light circa early C18 window with square leaded panes lighting the landing below and a 2-light timber mullioned window to the ground floor. The right return of the main block has 3 probably late C19 casement windows with brick arches. Interior: Splendid plasterwork and other high quality features of interest. The left hand front room on the ground floor, the C17 hall, has a fine early C17 plaster moulded rib ceiling (French, period two) with floral sprays, a central pendant and a good ornamental frieze. The open fireplace has a chamfered lintel and a plaster overmantel in 2 sections with heraldic shields within cartouches flanked by rustic figures. The inner faces, of the jambs and the hearth seats are painted in imitation of stone in black and white. Early C18 features include a pretty round-headed cupboard door with a keyblock and fielded panels and a fine shell hood above the door into the hall from the stair wing, on the stair wing side. The right hand room has a probably C18 decorated plaster ceiling rose and an C18 chimneypiece. Good circa late C17 dog-leg stair with barley-sugar balusters and a heavy handrail, the balusters becoming stick for the upper flights. Above the hall a high quality first floor chamber with a circa late C17 decorated plaster ceiling, slightly damaged in the late C20, with a frieze and plastered-over crossbeams. The bolection-moulded chimneypiece is late C17/early C18 with an integral painting showing a deer, hounds and a man and reputed but probably too early, to illustrate the poaching incident at Nutcombe which prompted the culprit, Bampfylde Moore Carew to leave home and become the 'King of the Gypsies': The left end wall of this room has circa early C18 panelling including doors, from floor to ceiling, panelling said to have been introduced from elsewhere in the 1950s. The rear left room on the ground floor has introduced C17 panelling and Jacobean style chimneypiece to the corner stack. 2 chamfered step-stopped beams date from the late C16/early C17. Roofspace not inspected but may be of interest, the main trusses at the left end are said to be smoke-blackened, possibly the result of a fire that destroyed the west wing. Nutcombe is an important late C16/early C17 house with an outstanding survival of high quality interior features.

Listing NGR: ST0159323408


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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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