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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1345656



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

County: Somerset

District: West Somerset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Crowcombe

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 22-May-1969

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 265103

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15/41 Crowcombe Court and attached stables to West



Country House. 1724-39, minor alterations circa 1870. Begun by Thomas Parker, finished by Nathaniel Ireson of Wincanton, alterations by E. M. Barry. Brick, Ham stone dressings, ashlar plinth, hipped slate roof behind parapet, C19 terracotta chimney pots, pedimented centre breaks forward slightly with dentil cornice and giant pilasters with composite capitals, strongly moulded cornice and quoin strips to outer bays. Plan: double pile facing South, projecting wing South West corner, long stable blocks flanking West front. Attic and 2 storeys over basement, 1:2:3:2 bays; attic 12 pane sash windows in moulded surrounds, Venetian window centre, first floor 12 pane sash windows in moulded surrounds with key stones, central window with ornamental volutes ground floor, late C19 sash windows without glazing bars, blind boxes, moulded surrounds with lintels, semi-circular headed in centre, swan neck pediment on console brackets to central entrance, double glazed doors approached by flight of steps with bulbous newels and ball finials. 5 bay right return with Ireson's idiosyncratic volute capitals. To left projecting pedimented wing, 2 storeys, 3 bays, moulded cornice, plain string course, composite pilaster strip and quoins, sashes, central Venetian window, Gibbs surround, 3 bay arcade below, Gibbs surround with vermiculated blocks to larger, central opening. Left return (West front) 5 bays, 12 pane sash windows apart from 2 sash windows without glazing bars first floor right, arcaded luggia below linked by 2 storey, 3 bay quadrant wings with broken pedimented centres to long, symmetrical stable wings. Right block hipped slate roof, central lead roof cupola with weathervane dated 1725, 2 and a half storeys, 11 bays; 5 pedimented dormers, two 18 pane sash windows first floor left, others cruciform with leaded lights, stabled entrance fifth bay left, outer bay right double doors for coach house. Left block similar but with courtyard to North. Interior: fine rococo plasterwork especially in hall and on stairs, latter damaged by fire mid C20, dog leg stairs, twisted newels and cut strings, elegant turned newels back stairs, painted floor in dining room, one of only two surviving examples in England (Cornforth and Fowler), C18 panelling, rooms on East front late C19 decoration. Eclectic selection of Jacobean and other carved wood work reset probably late C18 in North quadrant wing, small amount of C18 flocked wallpaper in upstairs bathroom. Interior in poor condition at time of survey (July 1983), (Country Life, April 22 and 29, 1933 photographs in NMR; VCH Somerset, vol,5, forthcoming; Comforth and Fowler, English Decoration in the 18th Century, 1978).

Listing NGR: ST1399536916

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Comforth, , Fowler, , English Decoration in the Eighteenth Century, (1978)
Dunning, R W, The Victoria History of the County of Somerset, (1985)
'Country Life' in 29 April, (1933)
'Country Life' in 22 April, (1933)
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 37 Somerset,

National Grid Reference: ST 13995 36916


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