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Dittisham Court, Dittisham

Description: Dittisham Court

Grade: II
Date Listed: 9 October 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 101230

OS Grid Reference: SX8616555135
OS Grid Coordinates: 286165, 55135
Latitude/Longitude: 50.3851, -3.6025

Locality: Dittisham
Local Authority: South Hams District Council
County: Devon
Country: England
Postcode: TQ6 0HY

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Listing Text

DITTISHAM

SX8655 RIVERSIDE ROAD
16/318 Dittisham Court

9.10.87

GV II

House. Circa early C17, possibly with earlier fabric and some C18 and Cl9
work but greatly remodelled in early C20.
Roughcase stone rubble. The main range has an early C20 slate roof with
deep eaves with exposed rafter ends and deep verges at the gable ends. The
rear north wing retains its original steep roof pitch but has been reclad
in natural slates and red clay ridge tiles, some of the early crested ridge
tiles have been reused over the south end of the north wing. Axial,
lateral and gable end stacks with rendered shafts, some with moulded
cornices and yellow clay pots.
Plan: The circa early C17 house was L-shaped on plan. The main range
facing south is on an east-west axis and its two left hand (west) rooms are
largely intact, but the range probably originally extended further to the
left/west. The left hand of the 2 rooms in the main south range has a
lateral stack at the back and the right hand room is heated from an axial
stack. The early C17 wing behind the right hand end has a gable end stack.
Although there may have been some intermediate phases, including circa mid
C19 extensions (Whites) the major remodelling was carried out in the early
C20 when large extensions were added to the right hand side projecting at
the front and a porch added at the back in the angle with the rear wing.
The remodelling was designed in a style reminiscent of Voysey with
roughcast walls, raking buttresses and deep eaves with exposed rafter ends.
Later in the C20 a single storey service extension was added to the back
(north east) of the earlier C20 addition and a verandah and conservatories
were added to the front (south) and left (west) end of the main range.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical south front of the main range has a
2:2:1 window elevation. The 2-window part to the left is the original
main range of the house with 4 and 5-light ovolo moulded mullion-transom
windows (the right hand with glazing bars) and similar 3-light windows on
the first floor; they appear to be early C20 replacements but may be
earlier. The 2-window centre is the early C20 projecting addition which
has a 1-window projecting gabled bay to the right; the windows are early
C20 mullion-transom casements and large garden doors on the ground floor
now enclosed in a late C20 glazed verandah and conservatory. The right
hand (east) return has similar but altered early C20 fenestration and a
gable.
The rear (north) elevation of the main range has a projecting lateral stack
and weathering over the original thick lower section of the wall. In the
angle with the rear wing an early C20 hipped roof porch. The rear (north)
wing has a steeply pitched roof with a large projecting gable end stack
with set-offs. Both the west elevation of an asymmetrical arrangement of
early C20 mullion windows. In the north east angle of the rear wing a
later C20 flat roof extension.
Interior: The right hand of the 2 original rooms of the main range has an
axial fireplace with dressed stone jambs and rounded corbels supporting a
timber lintel ovolo moulded with run-out stops and a cavetto moulding above
terminating in small spandrels over the stops. There is an early C17
moulded plaster frieze on the opposite side of the room with putti
flanking plain shields in strapwork frames. The frieze survives only on
this west wall but the restored moulded plaster cornice continues around
the plastered ceiling
beams. A partition has been inserted into this room to provide an entrance
hall at the back. There are C18 fielded panel window shutters in this
room. The left hand room of the main range has a heavy chamfered cross-
beam with partly buried step stops at one end. The lateral fireplace on
the back wall has been blocked by a C20 chimneypiece.
The back room in the rear wing has a high ceiling with 2 chamfered cross-
beams with hollow step stops and a blocked fireplace in the gable end.
Roof: 3 C17 trusses in the'south section of the rear wing with straight
collars with notched lap joints to the straight principals which have
threaded purlins and are trenched for the diagonally set ridge piece. The
ridge piece and rafters are missing. There is a solid wall between the
north and south sections of the rear wing, the north section has a later
roof structure with simple lapped collars. The roof of the rest of the
house was replaced in circa early C20 with softwood king-post trusses.
White's Directory of 1878 states that "Court Barton has recently been
employed and is the seat of Edward Owen".


Listing NGR: SX8616555135

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Source: English Heritage

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