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Description: Dartington Lodge
Date Listed: 26 April 1993
English Heritage Building ID: 101045
OS Grid Reference: SX7988461499
OS Grid Coordinates: 279884, 61499
Latitude/Longitude: 50.4410, -3.6929
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SX7861-SX7961 DARTINGTON HALL
13/132 Dartington Lodge
Pair of attached lodges at south entrance to Dartington Hall park,
converted into one lodge. Circa 1860's. Limestone rubble with rendered
and limestone dressings; sham timber framing with plaster infill to front
gable. Steeply pitched Welsh slate roof (originally thatched) with gabled
lends and overhanging verges which have decorative bargeboards with
trailing foliage and pendants; the bargeboards on the front gable are
shaped and the eaves pendants are like hanging fishscale slates. Central
rendered axial chimney stack with group of 4 polygonal shafts with moulded
base and cap.
Plan: pair of attached cottages, each with one living room sharing a
central axial stack with back-to-back fireplaces; and sharing the central
projecting 2-storey porch which originally gave direct entry into each
front room; a central wing at the rear contains the service room of each
cottage and forms an overall cruciform plan. In the C20 the cottages were
converted into one house, the open-fronted porch was partly blocked to
accommodate the new stairs and a lean-to outshut was added to the right
side of the rear wing. Picturesque Tudor Gothic style.
Exterior: storeys. Slightly asymmetrical 3 bay front facing the drive
with large projecting 2 storey gabled porch, the first floor jettied on
corbelled stone side walls and with hollow-chamfered mullion window with
Tudor arch heads and diamond leaded panes with shields and stained glass at
the centre; the ground floor of the porch was originally open-fronted but
has been blocked to the right and a C20 door inserted to the left; the
single light side windows of the porch have Tudor arch hollow-chamfered
frames and moulded rendered surround and hoodmould. To the left of the
porch a 2-light window with moulded rendered surround and hoodmould; to
right of porch a shallow projecting bay window on left hand gable end and
2-light window with hoodmould in gable above. The opposite gable end has
similar 2-light window. All the windows except for those in the porch are
C20 metal frame casements with leaded panes.
Both corners of the left hand (south) gable end are splayed on the ground
floor and twice corbelled out to a square corner above.
Interior: both main rooms have back-to-back fireplaces, each with
projecting hoods on large corbels. The original stairs have been replaced
by a staircase in the formerly open-fronted porch which is now a small
Sean O'Casey, the Irish playwright, is said to have lived at Dartington
Lodge. In 1938 he came to totnes from London with his family so that his
children could attend Dartington Hall School. He is said to have rented
Tingrith, a Victorian house in Ashburton Road. In 1955 he moved to
source: There is a painting dated 1883 in the possession of the occupier,
depicting the lodge with a thatched roof and an open-fronted porch.
Listing NGR: SX7988461499
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Source: English Heritage
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