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Description: Combe Sydenham
Date Listed: 22 May 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 264921
OS Grid Reference: ST0761236743
OS Grid Coordinates: 307612, 136743
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1225, -3.3215
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ST03NE STOGUMBER CP
5/158 Combe Sydenham
Manor house. Late C15-early C16, porch added 1580 to South front, West front refenestrated, at least 2 stair turrets
added 1580 or circa 1630-40, another stair inserted in angle turret circa 1800, South front refenestrated and buildings
to North and East demolished, CI9 West wing and possibly South wing reroofed. Roughcast over rubble, moulded plinth,
Ham stone ashlar porch, slate roof hipped to left. Plan: South front open hall, now ceiled, screens passage opening
from porch, buttery right, stair turret at rear of fireplace to left of screen passage, West wing first floor hall,
later stair inserted in second stair turret set in angle. South front: 2 storeys, 4:l:1 bays; full height gabled porch,
early Cl9 leaded wooden casements, 4-light in outer bays, others 3-light, 4-light ovolo moulded mullioned and transomed
window to porch, coat of arms in decorative frame below, inscribed and dated 1580, unfluted Ionic pilasters on tall
plinths carrying billetted frieze, moulded semi-circular arched opening with busts set in roundels in spandrels,
ornamented cross vault, more complex mouldings with stops to similar arched inner doorway, heraldic beasts in
spandrels, studded plank door possibly C17, left return (West front) half hipped to left roughcast with quoins, single
storey stepped buttresses, large external stepped stack between first and second bays right. 3:4:1 bays, all windows
under square hood moulds, first floor left three 16-light ovolo moulded mullioned and transomed windows, 12 pane sash
windows centre, mullioned and transomed windows left, cinquefoil headed lancet right filled with decorative design said
to represent earlier formal garden layout on West front, 2 hollow chamfered mullioned and transomed windows right with
cinquefoil heads, arched entrance with plank door. Gothick tracery fanlight, 2 similar windows right, inner one blocked
below cusped head. Cross gabled 3 storey stair turret on rear elevation, 12 pane sash windows on South front, 2 storey
stair turret to left, presumed to have had a now demolished upper storey. Interior: partially viewed. Remains of late
C16-early C17 plasterwork friezes, early C19 plasterwork decoration to staircase with stick stair and cut strips, fine
stone newel stair in turret to rear of hall fireplace, depressed Tudor arched head to fireplace lintel moulded jambs,
similar 2 openings to buttlery right, and truncated stair turret; screens passage and opening to stair turret in angle
with semi-circular moulded arched leads similar to porch. Upper storey South wing not viewed, hall roof thought to have
been renewed C19; West wing gutted prior to restoration (January 1984). The daughter of Sir Georqe Sydenham, who
enlarged the house, married Sir Francis Drake. (Photograph in NMR; VCH Somerset, vol 5, forthcoming).
Listing NGR: ST0761236743
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