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HER Number:MDV83761
Name:Leeford House


House, Mid 19th century, refurbished in neo-Georgian style circa 1930.


Grid Reference:SY 047 826
Map Sheet:SY08SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBudleigh Salterton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishEAST BUDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref: 86266

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COUNTRY HOUSE (XIX to XX - 1801 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Clark, J., 2013, Lee Ford (Un-published). SDV357914.

A small but handsome late Georgian white stucco house in delightful parkland setting on the approach to Budleigh Salterton. Centre of three bays with a colonnade of six Tuscan columns, flanked by one storey wings with urns on the corners. Gate post with similar urns.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

House. Mid C19, refurbished in neo-Georgian style circa 1930. Plastered brick; brick stacks; most plastered; slate roof. House faces south-east. The main block is double depth with a front and back room either side of the entrance hall and staircase. These rooms have side stacks. Either end is a circa 1930 single storey 1-room wing projecting a little forward from the main front and linked by a circa 1930 colonnade across the front. From each end of the back there are rear service blocks set at right angles, each served by a stack backing onto the main block. The left (south-western) block is extended 2 more rooms with axial stack between and set further out than the first room and returning north-eastwards with another service room. Main block is 2 storeys with attics, flanking wings are single storey, and rear service wings are 2 storeys. Symmetrical 1:3:1 window front. Central front door behind a C20 shallow porch with canted sides, moulded entablature and double panelled doors. It is flanked by large horned sashes without glazing bars and the first floor has 12-pane sashes (probably original). Across the front, between the wings, is a circa 1930 Doric hexastyle portico in the form of a colonnade in antis on 2 stone steps and with a moulded entablature. Moulded eaves cornice with plain parapet over and roof is half-hipped each end. The C20 flanking wings are built in a similar style. To the front each has a large mullion-and-transom window with glazing bars. The moulded entablature of the portico colonnade is carried across the wings and the parapet above has urns on the corners. Their roofs are hipped front and back. On their outer sides the wings have 2 more mullion-and-transom windows. In the end walls of the main block the attics are lit by elliptical-headed windows containing C19 sashes with Y tracery glazing bars at the top. The service wings contain C20 casements with glazing bars and the roofs have hipped ends. Interior. The principal rooms of the main block include some original joinery detail including panelled doors and the entrance hall has a vaulted ceiling. However most of the detail was introduced in the C20. The open string stair is geometric but has early C18 looking twisted balusters although the mahogany handrail and fluted newel post are C19. The neo-Georgian moulded plaster cornices are C20 and the inlaid marble chimneypieces are introduced. The rear service blocks may be earlier but no carpentry detail is exposed. Roofs not inspected. Leeford House is attractively situated in spacious landscaped grounds. The C20 neo- Georgian refurbishment and extensions were well-conceived.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108415 ]
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV357914Un-published: Clark, J.. 2013. Lee Ford. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV110078Related to: Leeford Park and Gardens (Park/Garden)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 25 2015 2:57PM