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HER Number:MDV11752
Name:Durrant House Hotel


Eighteenth- or early 19th century house, said to be on the site of a former mansion. Now an hotel. Retains a fine 18th century staricase.


Grid Reference:SS 450 283
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNortham
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS42NE/40
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) HOUSE (XVIII to XIX - 1701 AD to 1840 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1973, Northam, 16 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV336688.

Unknown, 1973, Untitled Source (Ground Photograph). SDV344729.

Timms, S. C., 1978 - 1984, Northam Development Control Consultations, 23/9 (Un-published). SDV346529.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

Durrant Hotel.
Eighteenth- or early 19th century altered. There is said to have been an ancient mansion here, but no remains of it are visible. A 2 storey wing, built of cob may be older than the rest of the structure. The property was bought by Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Goodwin Keats in 1810 who is said to have carried out improvements. Main front of house is 2 storey 5 windows stucco, cornice, parapet, sash windows with glazing bars. Central Greek mutular Doric porch with fluted columns and priglyphs, probably 1810.
Interior has fine late 18th century staircase, in semi-circular well, with wrought iron balustrade and Venetian window with ogee-headed arch, and fluted columns between lights. Vaulted staircase hall has fluted pilasters and plasterwork of similar date. Now with modern hotel addition, west.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SS42NE19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV349555.

Durrant House now DurrantHotel. Owned by Durrant who died during the Black Death. About 1650 to 1770 it was residence of Melhuish family who became lords of the manor about 1770. House bought by Admiral Sir Richard Godfrey Keates about 1809 who enlarged the house southwards in Regency style.
Visited 9/12/1953. South half Regency north half white washed stone building with no visible features of dateable antiquity.
Visited 28/6/1977. A Georgian and early Victorian house of no particular merit now forms part of a vast modern complex.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336688List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1973. Northam. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 16.
SDV344729Ground Photograph: Unknown. 1973. Devon County Council Conservation Section Collection. Photograph (Paper) + Digital.
SDV346529Un-published: Timms, S. C.. 1978 - 1984. Northam Development Control Consultations. Devon County Council Conservation Section Collection. A4 Unbound. 23/9.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #76825 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV349555Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SS42NE19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 1 2015 3:26PM