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HER Number:MDV18987
Name:Gnaton Hall


Country house in landscaped gardens, built in the early 19th century, on or near the site of an earlier house.


Grid Reference:SX 579 497
Map Sheet:SX54NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNewton and Noss
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishNEWTON FERRERS

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX54NE/11
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*): 100439

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COUNTRY HOUSE (XIX to Late 20th Century - 1801 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

J.S., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV163488.

Gnaton hall. Original hall built in 1596 by walter hele. Rebuilt in late 18th or early 19th century (j. S. ).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV163490.

J. S. /dcnq/22(1942-1946)224-226/armada dagger.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1986, SX54NE7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV361878.

Gnaton Hall (NAT). (OS 1:10000 1982)
Card includes full listing description. (DOE HHR South Hams District (Holbeton part) Devon 19/07/1984, 58-9)
Gnaton Hall. As described above. Chapel built 1887 (b). Dagger dates 1588 built into wall. (DCC SMR South Hams printout 18/10/1985 citing: a) DCNQ 22, 1942-6, 224-6 b) TDA 38, 1906, 400-2 Oldham, D. W.)
Other details: Illustration of Chapel. (Private Chapel of St Mary's, Gnaton Hall, South Devon, Erected 1887)

Pearson, A., 2007, Noss Mayo, Devon: Rising Main Rapid Desk-Based Assessment, 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV346466.

Clark, J. + Richardson, D., 2013, Gnaton Hall (Un-published). SDV357578.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1325263 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

Gnaton Hall.

Grade: II*
List Entry Number: 1325263
Date first listed: 29th March 1960
Date of most recent amendment: 19th July 1984

Country house in landscaped gardens on or near the site of an earlier house built by Walter Hele, son of Sir John Hele of Wembury House qv. Circa 1826. Probably byJ Birch of London, for Henry H R Roe, Stuccoed, and with rusticated quoins. Hipped slate roof with moulded cornice and blocking course. Conically roofed lantern over centre with wrought iron weathervane. Near square double-depth plan. Two storeys. 2:3:2 bays. Centre three bays break forward with pediment. Large sash windows with glazing bars ground floor left hand late C19 splayed bay window. Central doorway with massive Doric porch panelled double doors and rectangular fanlight. Three bays south elevation with central semi-circular two storeyed bay, tripartite sashes with blind bosses and Victorian glazed verandah on ground floor. Interior: contemporary features intact including central staircase with oval lantern, plasterwork, joinery and good marble chimneypieces. Two ground floor rooms on south side were converted into music room in late C19 and dividing screen has 2 fluted columns, and ceiling has finely painted decoration with naturalistically painted flowers in roundels and painted flower borders. The formerly adjoining R C Chapel of St Mary has been dismantled. Material form the earlier house includes a large stone reset into a C19 stable range to the south west and inscribed "PER W. A. HELE AR: 1596", and C16 stone door frames reused in the kitchen garden walls and bothy qv. Reference: H. Colvin, Biographical Dictionary of British Architects.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV163488Migrated Record: J.S..
SDV163490Migrated Record:
SDV346466Report - Assessment: Pearson, A.. 2007. Noss Mayo, Devon: Rising Main Rapid Desk-Based Assessment. Andrew Pearson Archaeological Consultant. A4 Stapled + Digital. 4.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82384 ]
SDV357578Un-published: Clark, J. + Richardson, D.. 2013. Gnaton Hall. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1325263.
SDV361878Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1986. SX54NE7. OSAD Card. Card Index + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV15284Related to: Chapel, Gnaton Hall (Monument)
MDV63470Related to: Gnaton Hall Gardens, Newton and Noss (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 4 2019 9:11AM