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Mid Devon (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SS 95037 14609



SS91SE BOLHAM ROAD, Bolham 848-1/7/52 Bolham House 12/02/52


Country house. C18 origins, remodelled early C19, on site of earlier house. Stucco with moulded plinth and mid-floor string; dry slate hipped roof with wide eaves carried on brackets; rendered stacks over the hips and over other cross walls; many octagonal clay pots; cast-iron ogee gutters. PLAN: double-depth plan with large central entrance hall and large stair hall linked to axial passage right through the house, plus lower service wing at rear right, and early C20 ballroom at rear left. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys; regular 1:2:1 window entrance and garden front with 2-storey bowed windows to end bays and 3-bay round-arched loggia to ground floor between. Original hornless sashes with glazing bars. 2:4-window range left-hand return has single-storey ballroom on the left and original garden front on the right with alternate single and tripartite sashes; verandah with ramped glazed and part leaded roof to ground floor. 4:2-window range right-hand return is entrance front with pedimented doorway under left-hand window of service wing; 4-pane overlight and 6-panel door. INTERIOR: has good original features where inspected: stair hall has plaster barrel vault, plus lantern, over open-well staircase to balcony with curved ends; cast-iron balustrade with anthemion balusters over an open string. Left of the stair hall is a small plaster-vaulted oval vestibule, left of this an entrance hall with moulded plaster ceiling cornice. In front of the stair hall, and linked to it by 3 doorways, is a large entrance hall with moulded plaster ceiling cornice. The flanking reception rooms have early C19 plaster bands with trailing vine over moulded cornices with egg and dart enrichment, and central acanthus roses, the rose to the room on the right with a guilloche border. Room behind small entrance hall has similar ceiling cornice. All the doorways have moulded architraves and 6-panel doors, most with fielded panels and there are panelled window shutters. Various old or original chimneypieces include good marble chimneypiece to left-hand room. HISTORY: Bolham House was once the home of Sir Walter Raleigh, later it was the home of the Amorys, until they moved to the newly-built Knightshayes Court (qv).

Listing NGR: SS9503714609


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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: 12 Jun 2005
Reference: IOE01/14315/35
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Hedley R. Hooper. Source Historic England Archive
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