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HER Number:MDV8638
Name:Great Ambrook


Two houses, formerly a large house. The main block is 18th century, built over a probable medieval undercroft, with a 17th century rear wing and Edwardian additions, altered in the later 20th century.


Grid Reference:SX 821 654
Map Sheet:SX86NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishIpplepen
Ecclesiastical ParishIPPLEPEN

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX86NW/31
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 84822

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANOR HOUSE (Early Medieval to XXI - 1066 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV299173.

Kelly/directory of devonshire/(1839)382.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV299175.


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

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

2 houses, formerly large house. Main block is C18, built over probably medieval undercroft, with C17 rear wing and Edwardian additions, altered in later C20. Stucco walls with rusticated quoins, rear right hand wing is rendered rubble. Gable ended slate roof, low pitched to front block behind low parapet. Front block has 2 stucces brick axial stack, originally at gable ends. 2 rendered stacks at rear which are axial with left hand wing. 2 stacks to right hand rear wing, one at gable end has rendered brick shaft and the other is a rendered rubble lateral stack. Complex plan: the main C18 block is single depth with 2 heated rooms, one on either side of central entrance hall which leads to stairwell at the rear, the left hand room is deeper than the right hand room. This block is built over what appears to be the medieval undercroft to an earlier house. At the rear of the hall is a C17 wing heated originally by lateral stack which was apparently relegated to service use when the front block was built on. It has a newel stair in a projection beside the stack. Main block remodelled internally and refenestrated in c.early C19. In the early C20 a large music room was built on at the left end of the house and was of 2 storey height with gallery and no 1st floor. At the right hand end on the 1st floor a small dressing room was added, supported on pillars on the ground floor. At the rear of the ground floor, right hand room a 1-room plan wing was added probably at the same time. Later C19 single storey extensions at rear. Probably in the mid C20 the music room was ceiled to create rooms above making use of the spiral stairs in the projection at the rear which formerly led to the gallery. In the later C20 the house was divided into 2 units at the lower end of the entrance hall. 2 storeys with attic above main C18 block to right. This part originally had a symmetrical 3 bay facade with slightly projecting central bay. The outer bays have a 2 window front the central one has a 3 window front. All are probably early C19 12 pane hornless sashes. The middle bay has a central doorway with flanking pilasters which each have a carved plaster human face at the top. Moulded frieze and carnice which breaks forward over pilasters at either side. Probably original heavy moulded 6 panel door has rectangular fanlight with heavy iron radial glazing bars. Stringcourse above ground floor windows and moulded cornice above 1st floor windows just below parapet. To right of right hand bay is small 1-window bay which is supported on the ground floorr on pillars. Beyond the left hand bay is a 2 -storey early C20 4-window addition. The left hand window on the 1st floor is octagonal and to its right is a 2-storey canted bay with sash windows. The windows to the right are also facsimiles of those of the main block. Doorway to right of centre has projecting arched architrave and French windows with marginal glazing. At the left hand end is a terrace with Doric Columns standing on a low wall and supporting a parapet above. At rear of this section is a tall semicircular stair projection. Beyond it is the C17 wing with rectangular stair projection on the right hand side. To the left is early C20 wing. Interior: Cross vaulted undercroft with mainly rubble piers but 2 monolithic medieval granite piers survive with capitals which have chamfered soffits. Few visible C18 features in main block apart from same 2-fielded panel doors. Open well early C19 staircase with column newels, stick balusters and curtail step. Former music room is panelled up to dado height and has pillars supporting the former gallery. On the 1st floor are pilasters to gallery new landing. Apparently has plaster barrel ceiling in roof-space. This is obviously an ancient and important site and the present building has has a complex evaluation which its facade to a certain extent conceals.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX86NW24 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV356712.

Great Ambrook remains of manor house.
The chief of four Norman manors of Ipplepen parish. The cellar bears traces of 11th century work.
Site visit on 31st July 1951. The cellars of the old house remain in good condition with walls of ragstone about one metre thick, with pillars of circular cross section made from moorland granite, the ceiling is barrel vaulted. A small portion of the rear of the house is of 16th century date.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299173Migrated Record:
SDV299175Migrated Record:
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV356712Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX86NW24. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.

Associated Monuments

MDV103639Related to: Italian Garden, rear of Great Ambrook House, Ipplepen (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 6 2014 3:38PM