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Latitude: 50.8621 / 50°51'43"N
Longitude: -3.4276 / 3°25'39"W
OS Eastings: 299626
OS Northings: 107921
OS Grid: SS996079
Mapcode National: GBR LL.V3G8
Mapcode Global: FRA 36QT.DJ4
Entry Name: Hillersdon House
Location: Cullompton, Mid Devon, Devon, EX15
District: Mid Devon
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Listing Date: 5 April 1966
Source: Historic England
English Heritage Legacy ID: 95254
Source ID: 1326145
SS 90 NE
- Hillersdon House
Substantial country house. 1848; built for W.C.Grant to designs by Samuel Beazley.
Classical revival; red brick with Portland stone dressing under hipped slate roofs
concealed behind parapet and dentilled cornice. Shallow H plan: the rooms on both
floors are arranged around a 2-storey central hall with the staircases (main and
nursery) leading off at the rear and occupying the western angle of the building.
Axial stacks; stacks also behind parapet to flanking bays of all except south-east
front, although the east stack is missing. Brick shafts. 2 storeys.
Entrance (north-east front): 5 bays, the middle 3 projecting under a pediment
containing achievement of arms; rusticated quoins; wide moulded plat band; central
Porte-cochere, with Tuscan columns on plinths, the plat band brought forward to form
a balustrade; windows (12-pane hornless sashes) treated variously; that to the
centre 1st floor with pediment and lugged architrave flanked by windows with moulded
architraves and keystones; side bay windows with floating cornices and bracketted
sills. Entrance : double panelled doors with single-light window to either side.
South-east elevation: 5 bays, the wings each of 1 bay, the central 3 bays set behind
loggia with Tuscan columns; plat band treated as balustrade and brought out over
canted bays (1:1:1) to each wing; achievement breaks parapet; window variation
follows pattern of north-east front.
South-west elevation: identical to north-east front, but without the porte-cochere,
and with 3 windows under floating cornices instead of the entrance door.
North-west (service) elevation: wings with depressed superordinate arches; several
blocked windows; prominent stacks; this side looks out over a small courtyard which
was entered between 2 gatehouses, each of 2 storeys with cornice, 1 of which survives
under temporary roofing. Single storey ranges make up the other 2 sides of courtyard
and have been adapted to garage use. Revetment wall to patio, brick with panels,
dentilled cornice under stone coping, is included in this listing.
Interior: Entrance room, mosaic tiled floor decorated with Greek key motifs, leads
into the through-hall which is divided into 4 units (the rear-or north-west-unit
being temporarily partitioned off), alternating square and polygonal in plan, and
each divided one from the other by segmentally-headed arches, with panelled pilasters
and soffits; round headed niches; panelled doors with pediments, lugged architraves
and panelled reveals. Light falls into hall from the landing through 1 square and 2
oval openings in floors surrounded above by cast-iron twisted balusters; these
openings are now glazed. Cantilever well stairs with cast-iron twisted balusters;
stairwell hall temporarily partitioned from hall; above first flight of stairs,
occupying the upper part of the north-west wall is an arcade of 3 large (formerly
open) round-headed arches; behind this wall are the much simpler nursery stairs.
The south-west ground-floor suite of rooms (excluding the library) are divided by
concertina doors which when opened allow almost the entire length of the suite to be
used as a banquetting hall; all rooms with panelled internal shutters, fireplaces,
cornices and doorway architraves of varying elaboration. Bedrooms much more modestly
treated. Kitchens occupied east angle of house.
Note: Samuel Beazley is noted primarily as a theatre architect; Hillersdon is one of
his few country house designs; it is restrained and dignified externally, with a
highly imaginative use of internal space and especially interesting as a late
classical survival design.
Listing NGR: SS9962607921
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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