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HER Number:MDV8508
Name:Ruins of Oldstone House


Ruins of country house in former landscaped park, 18th century, possibly with earlier remains, remodelled in 19th century and later gutted by fire. Now a roofless ruin.


Grid Reference:SX 816 517
Map Sheet:SX85SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBlackawton
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBLACKAWTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SW/7
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 99797

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

PATTISON, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV151316.

Surveyed by rchme in nov 1991. Remains of all 4 sides were still visible in 1963 (see wmn) but only a partial shell now survives. Four main phases identified. The earliest probably of earlier 17c, comprises nw range including chimney stack and 2 windows with ovolo-moulded lintels. Main se range appears to have been built in 2 phases, possibly reusing earlier fabric, and would fit well into the later 18c context recorded by polwhele. It includes the principal later 18c front, a 7-bay near symmetrical elevation with central entrance comprising a fine limestone doric portico. A fourth phase mainly remodelling, seems to date from early 19c, possibly 1815-37. This involved reorientating the house and the creation of a stair hall + porch on sw side (pattison).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172829.

Oldstone ruins of mansion.

DRAWING ROOMS ON RIGHT, DINING ROOM OF LEFT, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172833.

Ruins of country house in former wall landscaped park. C18, possible with earlier remains, remodelled in c19 and later gutted by fire and now a roofless ruin. Dressed slate rubble. Photographs in the national building record of drawing and sketch plan of the house now a 7-bay se front range with 2 principal rooms (drawing rooms on right, dining room of left) and a central entrance. The c19 remodelling involved reorientating the house and the formation of a large stairhall at the back with an entrance porch on the left (sw) side in gothic style: the services were in ranges at the back.

SE, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172834.

What now remains is roughly l-shaped on plan, the services having been destroyed. The front (se) range, originally with a hipped roof and modillion eaves cornice, has a symmetrical 3-storey 7-bay facade, the top storey and heads of first floor windows have collapsed. There is a stringcourse at first floor level and a fine limestone doric portico with engaged columns, triglyphs in the frieze and triangular pediment. The left hand return has a 2-storey gabled projection with a large 3-light gothic style window lighting the stairhall with perpendicular tracery and a porch below with a chamfered 4-centre arch. To left a gable with a projecting stack terminating in a square cap and short round pillars.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172838.

Pevsner, n. /buildings of england, devon/(1952)54.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172839.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172840.

Pattison, p. /pdas/50(1992)125-136/oldstone:a mansion and its gardens in south devon; a survey by the royal commission on the historical monuments of england.

Untitled Source (National Monuments Record Database). SDV172841.


Untitled Source (National Monuments Record Database). SDV172842.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172843.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172844.

Polwhele, r. /the history of devonshire/3(1797)483.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172845.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177625.

Vis=estimated -/-/1951 (pevsner) a georgian seven bay front with tuscan doorway and behind it earlier fragments, a porch and above it a tall perpendicular three light window of church size, older walls in one case standing three storeys high. Burnt down about 1896.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=3/1/1962 (os) ruins as described but perpendicular window of hall is no older than tuscan doorway on se front. It is of same stone and similarly unweathered. Porchway on sw side of house is of rubble with stucco coping and door heads, most certainly 18th century or later, nothing can be identified as earlier. A grotto and a structure possibly an icehouse are nearby (os).

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326468.

It was the seat of the cholwiches, who rebuilt the house in the c18 (doe).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV335.

Also in the national building record is a photograph of a drawing of the drawing room showing a late c18 interior with a neo-classical moulded plaster ceiling and chimneypiece. Oldstone was probably an c11 estate (hoskins).

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

'Oldstone Remains of a Mansion' shown. Map object based on this source.

Dimes, U., 1993, Oldstone: the Story of a Ruined Mansion, 8-11 (Pamphlet). SDV172846.

Oldstone House originally rebuilt on Saxon foundations of older building, as monastic grange or manor, for monks of Torre Abbey. Mentioned (as Olwestone) in charter of 1259.

Keep, C., 2013, Oldstone (Un-published). SDV357994.

The seat of the Cholwich family from the early 17th century. They built a new house on a much older site and developed the gardens and park during that century.

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

Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV151316Migrated Record: PATTISON.
SDV172829Migrated Record:
SDV172834Migrated Record: SE.
SDV172838Migrated Record:
SDV172839Migrated Record:
SDV172840Migrated Record:
SDV172841National Monuments Record Database:
SDV172842National Monuments Record Database:
SDV172843Migrated Record:
SDV172844Migrated Record:
SDV172845Migrated Record:
SDV172846Pamphlet: Dimes, U.. 1993. Oldstone: the Story of a Ruined Mansion. Dartmouth History Research Group Papers. A5 Paperback. 8-11.
SDV177625Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV326468Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV335Migrated Record:
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV357994Un-published: Keep, C.. 2013. Oldstone. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV55168Related to: Bridge at Oldstone (Monument)
MDV55165Related to: Former Drive Entrance to Oldstone (Building)
MDV55162Related to: Gardens at Oldstone (Monument)
MDV55161Related to: Oldstone Park (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 19 2015 2:09PM