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Description: Kitley House
Date Listed: 23 April 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 100524
OS Grid Reference: SX5596951462
OS Grid Coordinates: 255969, 51462
Latitude/Longitude: 50.3454, -4.0256
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SX 55 SE YEALMPTON
23/4/52 Kitley House
Large country house in landscaped park. 1820-25 extensive remodelling by G.S.
Repton, for E.P. Bastard, of a 1710 house, which itself was a rebuilding of a circa
C16 house, traces of which exist in the basement. Ashlar with granite dressings.
Bitumenised slate roof. Tudor/Jacobean style. Approximately square on plan.
Symmetrical elevations with gables, octagonal turrets on the corners with granite
pinnacles and ogee finials, and large octagonal granite chimney stacks with moulded
caps and bases. Two storeys, attics and basement. The north entrance front 3:1:3
bays with crenellated porch and chimney stack above over the central projection.
South elevation similar, but has central crenellated oriel and gable above flanked by
chimney stacks on shallow oriels. The south elevation is built over a four-centred
arch arcaded loggia with pinnacles at either end. The west elevation is gabled right
and left with shallow crenellated bays, set back at first floor level with clock
turret in the roof. The ground floor projects with a gabled bay, and below at lower
garden level large round-headed windows in moulded four-centred arch opening. The
west and south sides are built on terraces overlooking the landscaped gardens which
fall away steeply from the house. The east side has gables left and right with
shallow crenellated bays. Central three bays project with gabled shallow oriel at
centre. The wooden dormers are crenellated and the windows have moulded wooden
mullions and transoms. Some C16 material survives in the basement, including mullion
windows and four-centred arch doorways.
Interior: Largely C18 and early C19. Early C18 panelled staircase hall with giant
fluted pilasters flanking round arched doorway, and a very fine early C18 staircase
with diverging flights meeting on a landing with three twisted and fluted balusters
per tread and Corinthian column newels. Regency Library with remarkably intact circa
The estate came into the possession of the Pollexfens in the early C16 and in 1710
passed to Pollexfen Bastard whose father had married the Pollexfen heiress. Sarah
Martin wrote the Mother Hubbard Rhymes ("The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard
and Her Dog") here in 1805. The character Mother Hubbard is believed to have been
based on the housekeeper at Kitley.
The landscaped park is C18 with some C19 planting.
References: Country Life LXXXVI 7th October 1939 pages 362 to 367.
Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 76, 1944, 98-9.
Listing NGR: SX5596951462
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Source: English Heritage
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