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HER Number:MDV24918
Name:Beechwood House


Beechwood, country house in small landscaped park. Reputedly built in 1780, and remodelled circa 1850.


Grid Reference:SX 578 574
Map Sheet:SX55NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSparkwell
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMPTON ST.MARY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX55NE/94/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 99241

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COUNTRY HOUSE (XVIII to XIX - 1701 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV164888.

Doe/hhr:south hams/(2/2/1984)53.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV164889.

Pevsner, n. + cherry, b. /the buildings of england: devon/(1989)756.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV164890.

Gray, t. /the garden history of devon (1995)40.

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV329053.

Beechwood, country house in small landscaped park. Reputedly built in 1780, and remodelled circa 1850. Stuccoed stone rubble and with slate roofs. Asymmetrical, although the original plan was probably more regular. Plain parapet with band, band at first floor level and plain plinth. Two storeys. West entrance front, asymmetrical, projecting at centre and right, with central mid c19 solid porch with large corner piers, cornice and balustrade. South front of 5 bays, left hand projects with mid c19 two storey bay with bracketed cornice over ground floor tripartite sashes. The east side of 2: 3: 2 bays with large central mid c19 square bay with balustrade and 3-light window above with round arches. The east front extends to right (north) 4 bays with c18/19 sashes in this north wing which has cupola and c19 dormers. Some of the c18/19 sashes survive and some are complete with glazing bars, while the other sashes have been remodelled in mid c19 with moulded architraves and plate glass. Service wings to north. Plain rendered chimneystacks. Interior: arranged around a central hall with contemporary staircase. Some of the original joinery survives. The drawing room to south west has a most unusual white marble chimneypiece said to have come from a house in ireland, with 2 caryatids, like african goddesses, supporting a moulded shelf over a frieze carved in relief depicting europa and the bull and other animal subjects. Two other ground floor rooms have walter crane design wallpaper. Charlotte m. Yonge, the novelist, is said to have often visited and to have written much of her work at beechwood (doe).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV3506.

C19 house with a late c18 core. Built for richard rosdew and subsequently owned by john colborne, first lord seaton. Late c18 park survives (gray).

Clark, J. + Richardson, D., 2013, Beechwood (Un-published). SDV356145.

Country house in a small landscaped park. A large, irregular stuccoed house, the core built in 1779 but enlarged in the 19th century.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV164888Migrated Record:
SDV164889Migrated Record:
SDV164890Migrated Record:
SDV329053Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV3506Migrated Record:
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #84867 ]
SDV356145Un-published: Clark, J. + Richardson, D.. 2013. Beechwood. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV62941Related to: Beechwood Landscaped Park (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 3 2014 2:43PM