HILLERSDON HOUSE

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1326145

Date first listed: 05-Apr-1966

Statutory Address: HILLERSDON HOUSE

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: HILLERSDON HOUSE

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Cullompton

National Grid Reference: SS 99626 07921

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Details

CULLOMPTON SS 90 NE 4/62 - Hillersdon House 5.4.66 - II*

Substantial country house. 1848; built for W.C.Grant to designs by Samuel Beazley. Classical revival; red brick with Portland stone dressing under hipped slate roofs concealed behind parapet and dentilled cornice. Shallow H plan: the rooms on both floors are arranged around a 2-storey central hall with the staircases (main and nursery) leading off at the rear and occupying the western angle of the building. Axial stacks; stacks also behind parapet to flanking bays of all except south-east front, although the east stack is missing. Brick shafts. 2 storeys. Entrance (north-east front): 5 bays, the middle 3 projecting under a pediment containing achievement of arms; rusticated quoins; wide moulded plat band; central Porte-cochere, with Tuscan columns on plinths, the plat band brought forward to form a balustrade; windows (12-pane hornless sashes) treated variously; that to the centre 1st floor with pediment and lugged architrave flanked by windows with moulded architraves and keystones; side bay windows with floating cornices and bracketted sills. Entrance : double panelled doors with single-light window to either side. South-east elevation: 5 bays, the wings each of 1 bay, the central 3 bays set behind loggia with Tuscan columns; plat band treated as balustrade and brought out over canted bays (1:1:1) to each wing; achievement breaks parapet; window variation follows pattern of north-east front. South-west elevation: identical to north-east front, but without the porte-cochere, and with 3 windows under floating cornices instead of the entrance door. North-west (service) elevation: wings with depressed superordinate arches; several blocked windows; prominent stacks; this side looks out over a small courtyard which was entered between 2 gatehouses, each of 2 storeys with cornice, 1 of which survives under temporary roofing. Single storey ranges make up the other 2 sides of courtyard and have been adapted to garage use. Revetment wall to patio, brick with panels, dentilled cornice under stone coping, is included in this listing. Interior: Entrance room, mosaic tiled floor decorated with Greek key motifs, leads into the through-hall which is divided into 4 units (the rear-or north-west-unit being temporarily partitioned off), alternating square and polygonal in plan, and each divided one from the other by segmentally-headed arches, with panelled pilasters and soffits; round headed niches; panelled doors with pediments, lugged architraves and panelled reveals. Light falls into hall from the landing through 1 square and 2 oval openings in floors surrounded above by cast-iron twisted balusters; these openings are now glazed. Cantilever well stairs with cast-iron twisted balusters; stairwell hall temporarily partitioned from hall; above first flight of stairs, occupying the upper part of the north-west wall is an arcade of 3 large (formerly open) round-headed arches; behind this wall are the much simpler nursery stairs. The south-west ground-floor suite of rooms (excluding the library) are divided by concertina doors which when opened allow almost the entire length of the suite to be used as a banquetting hall; all rooms with panelled internal shutters, fireplaces, cornices and doorway architraves of varying elaboration. Bedrooms much more modestly treated. Kitchens occupied east angle of house. Note: Samuel Beazley is noted primarily as a theatre architect; Hillersdon is one of his few country house designs; it is restrained and dignified externally, with a highly imaginative use of internal space and especially interesting as a late classical survival design.

Listing NGR: SS9962607921

Legacy

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