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HER Number:MDV91461
Name:Trayne House, Modbury


Large mid-late 19th century house which appears to have replaced a house built in 1780. The interior retains much of its original Victorian fittings.


Grid Reference:SX 659 518
Map Sheet:SX65SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishModbury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishMODBURY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (Built, XVIII to XIX - 1780 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Marked as Middle Traine.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1146654 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

Trayne House. Large house in street group, including earlier service accommodation. Mainly mid to late C19, based on a house of 1780. Smooth rendered, slate roof. A broad, double-depth block with continuous colonnade to street embracing former pavement area. The main frontage embraces North Traine (qv) in part, and the two descriptions are complementary. Two storeys and attic, five windows (of six in the principal frontage), all four-pane sashes, in plain reveals to ground floor but to moulded and eared architraves at first floor; four-panel C19 door in bay four. Deep colonnade in eight bays (the last two bays to North Traine), Roman Doric to podia, paired at ends and to doorway, carried on granite curb dying into rise of street. Coloured tile paving, boarded soffit to balcony with classical balustrade. Main cornice on modillions, central shaped flush gable and parapet with inset balustrade groups over each window; channelled pilaster to left end, and balcony balustrade returned at this end to face of South Traine (qv). Left return has two-light casement to attic and external stack. Back, five windows, two-light mullion-and transome casements to dropped hood moulds under cornice and modelled parapet. Projecting porch in bay two with flat-roofed portico to paired Doric columns and balustrade, and a shaped gable. To right a canted bay with hipped roof set against shaped gable, and an octagonal turret to lead dome, far right.
Interior retains much of the Victorian fitting, including doors and shutters, marble fireplaces, and a grand staircase hall with L-plan stair to landing, cast iron balustrade, and rich decorative plaster cornice.
The history of Modbury (p.16) says 'In 1780 Traine House .... was built by John Andrews for the absentee Rev. John Tripe Swete', but there is little remaining evidence for a building of that date, and the present structure must represent a substantial rebuilding. It is a noble embellishment for the street, with excellent interiors for its period.
This entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 16 January 2018.
Date first listed: 25th January 1990

Sources / Further Reading

SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #109352 ]
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1146654.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 25 2018 12:42PM