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Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 105252
OS Grid Reference: SY5894188788
OS Grid Coordinates: 358941, 88788
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6973, -2.5827
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SY 58 NE LITTLEBREDY BRIDEHEAD
Country House in grounds. Rebuilt c.1837 by F. P. Robinson, and extended
westwards by B. Ferrey in 1850's. North west wing demolished, C20. Stone and
brick walls, rendered. Plat band with quatrefoils in lozenges. Small projecting
corner turrets with blind lancets at ground floor level. String and crenellated
parapet tops. Hipped clay-tile roof with stone stacks at left and right hand.
2 storeys. 4 windows, 4 light stone mullions with 4-centred heads and labels over.
Fixed wooden windows to ground floor with glazing-bars in lozenge pattern. First-
floor with casement windows. Shield-of-arms centrally in a quatrefoil. Foliage in
spandrels. Front door at centre with 3-centred head. Recess-panel door with
lancet heads, bowtel mouldings. Porch, wood, with quatrefoil columns, winged,
with a plain entablature over. South elevation, of 7 bays, with tall cross-transom
windows. Plat band, cornice and parapet carried through as on east elevation.
Library bay (Ferrey) at west end, with polygonal corner buttress. Conservatory,
now swimming pool, with windows having 4-centred heads with central mullion,
divided at top. Interior: front ground floor rooms with panelling and doors of
early C19, all with ribbed panels. Gadrooned cornice-mouldings. Fireplace in
study, black marble with incised Soanic pilasters and anthemion motif. Prayer
Room, by Ferrey, with 3 major bay divisions, having 4-centred arches, responds and
plain capitals. Perpendicular style fireplace and bookcases, all with crenellated
parapets. Library, by Ferrey, with complete library fittings, bookcases to
2 metres with a fleuroned string. Octagonal responds. Fireplace with large
ogee head and crenellated cornice. Grate. Compartmented ceiling, with moulded
ribs, fully bossed at the intersections. First floor, right front room, stone
fireplace with very depressed-arch head, and straight-chamfered jambs, stopped,
C16, reset. Left front room, stone doorhead, 4-centred with recess spandrels,
C16 reset. Stone fireplace, similar to the above.
(RCHM Dorset I, p.37 (2). C. J. Bailey, The Bride Valley, pp. 14-15.)
Listing NGR: SY5894188788
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