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HER Number:MDV75864
Name:Broadhembury House


A large house probably dating from the 17th century but remodelled and enlarged between 1903 and 1914 by the then owner of the Broadhembury estate.


Grid Reference:ST 101 048
Map Sheet:ST10SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBroadhembury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBROADHEMBURY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 87049

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (Built, XVII - 1601 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Culverhayes' shown on 19th century map as a group of narrow buildings around a rectangular yard.

Beacham, P., 1980s, Broadhembury and Gittisham Project, 9/25, Photo Unknown 2, Neg No. 564/9A, 11A, 12A, Unknown 3 (Un-published). SDV348235.

Various works to the thatch including repairs and a new coat were undertaken in 1967, 1970, 1979 and 1980 and the ornamental block ridging on the summer house redone in 1981 as part of a scheme grant aided by Devon County Council. Site visit 1983. Thatch, cob or stone and cob.

Caroe & Partners, 1997, Broadhembury Village. Draft Survey of Condition (Report - Survey). SDV344616.

A long, single-depth range with projecting wings to the front leaft and rear right set at right angles. Creamwashed under a thatched roof. Probably of 17th century origins, the house was heavily remodelled early 20th century. The distinctive feature of this Edwardian work is the oriel windows, each on different Jacobean style brackets. The same style of windows unites the re-ordering of the original fabric with the new work, though not all windows are oriels. The interior is very much Edwardian in character, though some original features survive. The 16th century linen fold panelling in the stair hall has reputedly been relocated from the Drewe Arms. The left (north west) end has been divided into two flats: Wisteria on the ground floor, Garden View above.
In generally good conditon. The thatch is generally in reasonable order. Windows are in reasonable condition. The oak windows have been decorated with a high-build stain which gives an artificial feel. There are limited areas of deathwatch beetle infestation in the roof and the parlour ceiling. There is cracking in the plaster of the dining room ceiling, which may suggest rusting beams in the concrete floor over. There is asbestos cement sheeting over the top of the ceiling joists. A number of rainwater pipes on the rear of the house are cracked.

Fisher, J., 1999, East Devon Conservation Area Appraisals: Broadhembury, 8 (Report - non-specific). SDV346379.

Broadhembury House is probably of 17th century origin, with large Edwardian extensions for the Drewe family, owners of the Broadhembury Estate. Other details: Maps, photograph.

English Heritage, 2009, List of Buildings of Architectural or Historic Interest (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV343181.

Broadhembury House Listed on 7th December 1962. Large house probably with 17th century origins and thoroughly remodelled and enlarged for Mr C Drewe Esq, the owner of the Broadhembury estate, at some date between 1903 and 1914 by the architect Harbottle Reed. Whitewashed and rendered, the front wall said to be cob on stone rubble footings, the Edwardian enlargements probably stone; thatched roof, hipped at right end and hipped at end of front left (north-west) wing; two axial stacks, one internal front right lateral stack, 3 rear lateral stacks, all with rendered shafts. Designed to harmonize with the traditional cob and thatch houses in the estate village. Plan: Sited within the village but slightly set back from the road. A long single depth range, facing south-west with a front left (north-west) wing at right angles and a rear right (south-east) wing at right angles; access corridor to the rear of the main range. The core of the house is probably 17th century and some of the stacks may also be of this date. There is little other visible evidence of the pre-Edwardian house: both the wings are by Harbottle Reed. The present entrance is to right of centre into a large heated stair hall, with an Edwardian open well stair. Exterior: two storeys. Long asymmetrical seven-bay south-west front, the left hand bay to the wing at the left end. Good panelled front door to right of centre, dated 1614 with a porch hood on brackets. Complete set of Edwardian oriel widows of 2, 3 and 4 lights, the eaves thatch eyebrowed over the first floor windows. The oriels are supported on carved Jacobean style brackets, each bracket decorated with a different carved motif. The same style of window is continued round the house, some of the rear first floor windows of the same date are flush to the wall. Interior: The stair hall is lined with linenfold panelling, some is 16th century and may have been removed from the Drewe Arms (according to the owner) the rest is Edwardian. Fine Edwardian open well stair with turned balusters in a 17th century manner. The room to the left of the stair hall is lined with presumably re-sited 17th century panelling and a Jacobean timber chimney-piece has (been re used above the fireplace. Edwardian decorated plaster ceiling in a 17th century manner. Harbottle Reed was the Exeter Diocesan Surveyor in the 1930s. He worked on a number of churches and designed Rock House in Bridford parish, in an eclectic Vernacular Revival style. The Drewe family have lived at Broadhembury House since 1903. Broadhembury is an interesting house, both for group value in a remarkably unspoiled village but also as an example of Vernacular Revival undertaken by a local architect. Other details: LBS Number 87049.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV343181List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2009. List of Buildings of Architectural or Historic Interest. Historic Houses Register. Unknown.
SDV344616Report - Survey: Caroe & Partners. 1997. Broadhembury Village. Draft Survey of Condition. Caroe & Partners Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV346379Report - non-specific: Fisher, J.. 1999. East Devon Conservation Area Appraisals: Broadhembury. East Devon District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 8.
SDV348235Un-published: Beacham, P.. 1980s. Broadhembury and Gittisham Project. Devon County Council Conservation Section Collection. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 9/25, Photo Unknown 2, Neg No. 564/9A, 11A, 12A, Unknown 3.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #102935 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4709 - Condition Survey, Broadhembury Village
  • EDV5626 - Broadhembury and Gittisham Thatch Survey

Date Last Edited:Apr 4 2014 3:55PM