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Cory Manor, West Putford

Description: Cory Manor

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 February 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 91972

OS Grid Reference: SS3598715752
OS Grid Coordinates: 235987, 115752
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9179, -4.3347

Location: West Putford, Devon EX22 7XB

Locality: West Putford
Local Authority: Torridge District Council
County: Devon
Country: England
Postcode: EX22 7XB

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Listing Text


3/65 Cory Manor (formerly listed as
Cory Park)


Manor house. Late C16-early C17, open hall ceiled subsequently, billiard room added and
service area extended late C19-early C20, roofs replaced, hall ceiling removed and house
extensively restored late 1940s, architect John Macgregor. Random rubble local stone,
shallow pitch bitumenised slate roof hipped to left with external stone stack, brick
chimney, large lateral stone stack on rear elevation, stone stack north gable end of
north-west wing. Plan: open hall house facing east with coeval framed stair north end
giving access to crosswing, (date of north-east range uncertain), screens passage with
corridor between pantry and buttery giving acess to kitchen, C20 extensions on south-
west linked by wall to billiard room adjoining north-west wing to form courtyard. Two
storeys, 4:1 bays, all windows renewed C20 and leaded, one exception only, first floor 4-
light stone mullioned window left, 3-light metal, 2-light above entrance and 3-light
stone end bay right, mullioned and transomed window in gable end of wing, ground floor
4-light end bay left, small metal window set in larger opening, to left of entrance
original 4-light hollow chamfered mullioned window with king mullion under relieving
arch, with string course hoodmould, remains of plinth on facade of main block though,
not to wing which has 4-light stone mullioned window on ground floor; entrance via
round-headed doorway of uncertain date. Some C18/ early C19 leaded metal casements
survive on first floor west front, the 5-light ovolo-moulded mullioned window in south
gable end of north-west wing which is in decay is thought to be mid C20. There is a
tiny 2-light chamfered wooden window on north front. Interior: open hall with good
plasterwork overmantel with supporters, strapwork and coat of arms, badly decayed in
lower section, chamfered granite lintel to open fireplace, chamfered jambs, projection on
rear elevation, pointed arch window to right inserted mid C20, screenspassage wall
rebuilt, Jacobean-style panelling to minstrel's gallery of uncertain date, through
passage between pantry and buttery with original boarded partition, moulded arch
doorframes, newel stair in western room, kitchen now parlour with open fireplace,
chamfered lintel and cloam oven recess. Framed staircase to north of hall with plain
newel posts, no early features in rooms on east front. To west library with exposed
ceiling joists, impressive Jacobean-style overmantel, probably C19; 4-bay billiard room
reroofed in 1950s, handsome C19 door with decorative hinges opening onto courtyard;
first floor good plasterwork overmantel contemporary with that in hall, chamfered
wooden lintel to open fireplace and remains of plasterwork frieze, probably originally
with barrel vault roof now with principal rafter roof. Roof of main block partly seen; 7
or 8 pairs of collar beam trusses, the bases of 2 curved principals are visable above
the screens passage in hall. It is known that various features where incorporated into
the house in the 1950s and also earlier in the century. The granite porch mentioned in
the previous list was added in 1934 and has since been removed. The house is believed
to have been built by a member of the Prideaux family sometime between 1576 and 1611.
(Cherry and Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Devon, forthcoming)

Listing NGR: SS3598715752

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Source: English Heritage

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