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Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
St. Columb Major
National Grid Reference:
SW 91417 63785


ST COLUMB MAJOR BANK STREET (west side), SW 9063-9163 St Columb Major 17/199 Penmellyn (formerly listed as No 22 Penmellyn) 3.3.87 GV II*

House. Circa 1855, by William White. Few later alterations. Stone rubble with stone dressings. Bitumenised slate roof with crested ridge tiles and gable ends. Lateral and gable end stacks with stone shafts. Plan: Asymmetrical double depth plan. Entrance through porch, with wing projecting to left containing the principal room, with another principal room to rear left. To right there is a room set back, which is said to have been a doctor's surgery, with stair hall behind and service rooms with service stair to rear right. Victorian Gothic and Vernacular Revival style. Exterior: 2 storeys, asymmetrical front with gable end to left and porch set in the angle to the range to right. The bay to left has square by at ground floor with 2- light casements, pitched roof. First floor 4-light window with 2-centred arch, slate-hung, above. 2-light casement at attic and stack at the right side. Gabled porch with buttress, 5-light casement to front and pointed arched doorway at the right side with half-glazed door. The porch is tiled, the inner doorway with cranked head and 2-centred arched overlight, the door with strap hinges. To right a 4-light casement with slate-hung depressed 2-centred arch above and small 2-light casement at first floor. The left side is the garden front. At ground floor to right a 3-light casement with depressed 2-centred arch, slate-hung; triangular bay to left with cusped casements and pyramidal roof set on a broached base. First floor has 3-light casement with segmental slate arch and triangular oriel on wooden bracket with slate roof. External stack to left, corbelled at first floor with a slate-hung oriel set close by the stack. 3-light casement in steep pitched dormer to the attic. At the right side the main range has 3-light and 4-light window with slate-hung 2-centred arches, similar single pointed light with double between. To end right a 3-light C20 window, and at end left a single light with double stepped cill, to the doctor's surgery. First floor has a gable to left over similar 3-light window and 2-light casement to the attic, the upper part of the gable slate-hung. At first floor to right there is a 4-light window with slate hung 2-centred arch. Axial stack with ashlar shaft and cornice and small triangular attic dormer. To the right is the service wing, with 2- light casement and half-glazed door, with stable door at the end to the wash-house. The main gable end of the house above has a bellcote with pitched roof and bell, and single light to the left of the stack. At the rear, the gable end to right has ground floor 4-light casement with slate-hung 2-centred arch, 4-pane sash at attic level, the apex of the gable also slate-hung. Buttress to left in the angle to the end to left, first floor level slate-hung, with a single light. At ground floor there is the back door, with cranked head and pointed arched fanlight. Single storey service wing to left with similar 3-light window with slate-hung 2-centred arch. The main gable end to left has a small gabled dormer at the inner side and external stack at the gable end. Interior: The entrance hall has a tiled floor, with winder stair to rear; this has tiled treads, and a free-flying handrail supported on wrought iron brackets. Service stair to rear right. At ground floor all the doors are panelled, with asymmetrical panels. The room to front right has chimneypiece with tiles and pointed slate arch, stone corbelled mantel. The front left room has Gothic stone chimneypiece. The rear left room has complete panelling and stone chimneypiece, with pointed arch in slate, Devon marble mantel and tiles. This is a very good example of a William White house, planned in Gothic style with asymmetrical grouping of parts and close attention to detail, such as the design of window catches and other ironwork.

Listing NGR: SW9141563787


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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: 13 Mar 2007
Reference: IOE01/16264/24
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr John Midgley. Source Historic England Archive
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