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HER Number:MDV7862
Name:Kingston House, Staverton

Summary

Rebuilt in 1743 century after a fire.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 794 654
Map Sheet:SX76NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishStaverton
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSTAVERTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76NE/8
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Rebuilt, XVIII - 1743 AD to 1743 AD)

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158731.

Copeland, g. W. /tda/97(1965)27/proceedings at the 103rd annual meeting.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158732.

Osa=sx76ne19.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158733.

Pevsner, n. /the buildings of england:south devon/(1952)270.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158734.

Lysons, d. + s. /magna britanicca/(1822)455.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158735.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/(1954)480.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158736.

Rchm/records at fortress house 1979/1980.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158737.

Evans, h. R. /tda/90(1958)91,108/broadhempston.


Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV326373.

Kingston house. Now a farmhouse. Built in 1743 on the site of an older building, of which the 16th century undercroft remains intact. Rectangular on plan with a remarkable array of windows, some walled up. The treads, landing and dado of the main staircase are strikingly inlaid. There is good moulded plasterwork and panelling in some of the rooms - both coeval with, and earlier than, the present house. There is an interesting roof system. Vis=7/6/1960(os) three storeys and a basement. South front of five bays, east and west sides of seven bays with most of windows blocked. South porch has been demolished. A rainwater head on the north side dated 1743. House in fairly good condition although only part now occupied. Room formerly used as chapel is on first floor on east side. Its 18th century plasterwork comprises a number of heads and a large pedimented panel above the fireplace depicting the flight from egypt (os). Vis=recorded by rchm, who retain records. Original mansion destroyed by fire in 1730's. New house built on site but a few yards closer to broadhempston.(evans).


Department of Environment, 1985, Staverton, 44 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV155058.

Country house.1743 date on rainwater head. Built for John Rowe after a fire. Coursed stone rubble with freestone dressings. Slate hipped roof of two spans and with unusual slate-roofed capping over the parapet all round. Heavy moulded stone cornice. Plain stone bands at floor level and moulded plinth. Rectangular on plan. Three storeys and basement. East front 2:3:2 bays, centre projects. Sash windows with thick glazing bars some restored and others still blocked. Flat stone window arches and plain cills. Central pilastered stone doorway with doric entablature and fielded panel double doors approached from C20 wooden steps. West front also 2:3:2 bays, sashes intact, all but centre one blocked on second floor. Central glazed and panelled door, blind wooden false fanlight and stone brackets to hood which is missing. South front bays complete range of sashes with thick glazing bars, central doorway with early C19 panelled door and rectangular fanlight with glazing bars. Good rainwater head with angel and date 1743. North front five bays complete with sashes with thick glazing bars. Central doorway with moulded brick arched hood and fielded panel door, now enclosed in C19 stone porch. Similar rainwater head. Probably reused from an earlier house on the site a large round-arched ovolo moulded sandstone doorway to cellars. Large red brick double chimney stacks with arch linking the flues and with stone cornices. Interior: drawing room has bolection panelling, pilasters and niches flanking marble chimneypiece, moulded cornice and moulded plaster ceiling depicting a dove holding a sprig within a sunburst. Another small ground floor room has fielded panelling, bolection chimneypiece and moulded plaster ceiling with high relief branches within an oval. Hall partly panelled. Very fine inlaid wooden staircase with three balusters per tread. Panelled landing with moulded cornice. Panelled first floor room with good moulded plaster cornice. Small room off has C18 wall paintings depicting landscape with birds and animals. Passage off has similar wall painting. First floor east room has a small marble chimneypiece with moulded plaster overmantle depicting the flight from egypt and a pediment with two large putti. Another small first floor room has C17 panelling with circa C18 painted marbling or graining. Vaulted stone cellars. The Rowes were a catholic family and there was once a private chapel.


Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.


Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

Kingston House. Country house. 1743 date on rainwater head. Built for John Rowe after a fire . Coursed stone rubble with freestone dressings. Slate hipped roof of two spans and with unusual slate- roofed capping over the parapet all round. Heavy moulded stone cornice. Plain stone bands at floor level and moulded plinth. Rectangular on plan. Three storeys and basement. East front 2:3:2 bays, centre projects. Sash windows with thick glazing bars some restored and others still blocked. Flat stone window arches and plain cills. Central pilastered stone doorway with Doric entablature and fielded panel double doors approached from C20 wooden steps. West front also 2:3:2 bays, sashes intact, all but centre one blocked on second floor. Central glazed and panelled door, blind wooden false fanlight and stone brackets to hood which is missing. South front bays complete range of sashes with thick glazing bars, central doorway with early C19 panelled door and rectangular fanlight with glazing bars. Good rainwater head with angel and date 1743. North front five bays complete with sashes with thick glazing bars. Central doorway with moulded brick arched hood and fielded panel door, now enclosed in C19 stone porch. Similar rainwater head. Probably reused from an earlier house on the site a large round- arched ovolo moulded sandstone doorway to cellars. Large red brick double chimney stacks with arch linking the flues and with stone cornices. Interior: Drawing room has bolection panelling, pilasters and niches flanking marble chimneypiece, moulded cornice and moulded plaster ceiling depicting a dove holding a sprig within a sunburst. Another small ground floor room has fielded panelling, bolection chimneypiece and moulded plaster ceiling with high relief branches within an oval. Hall partly panelled. Very fine inlaid wooden staircase with three balusters per tread. Panelled landing with moulded cornice. Panelled first floor room with good moulded plaster cornice. Small room off has C18 wall paintings depicting landscape with birds and animals. Passage off has similar wall painting. First floor east room has a small marble chimneypiece with moulded plaster overmantle depicting the Flight from Egypt and a pediment with two large putti. Another small first floor room has C17 panelling with circa C18 painted marbling or graining. Vaulted stone cellars. The Rowes were a Catholic family and there was once a private chapel.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV155058List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1985. Staverton. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 44.
SDV158731Migrated Record:
SDV158732Migrated Record:
SDV158733Migrated Record:
SDV158734Migrated Record:
SDV158735Migrated Record:
SDV158736Migrated Record:
SDV158737Migrated Record:
SDV326373Report - Survey: Department of Environment.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #105467 ]
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV39209Related to: Garden Walls to the west and south-west of Kingston House, Staverton (Building)
MDV86689Related to: Linhay at Kingston House, Staverton (Building)
MDV122204Related to: Shrunken settlement and field boundaries at Kingston House, Staverton (Monument)
MDV39208Related to: Stables at Kingston House, Staverton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 19 2018 3:28PM