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Latitude: 50.4 / 50°24'0"N
Longitude: -4.0021 / 4°0'7"W
OS Eastings: 257806
OS Northings: 57486
OS Grid: SX578574
Mapcode National: GBR Q3.59SJ
Mapcode Global: FRA 27HZ.YDY
Entry Name: Beechwood House
Listing Date: 2 February 1984
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1107403
English Heritage Legacy ID: 99241
Location: Sparkwell, South Hams, Devon, PL7
District: South Hams
Civil Parish: Sparkwell
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
SX 55 NE SPARKWELL SPARKWELL
Country house in small landscaped park.
Reputedly built in 1780, and remodelled circa 1850. Stuccoed stone rubble and with
slate roofs. Asymmetrical, although the original plan was probably more regular.
Plain parapet with band, band at first floor level and plain plinth. Two storeys.
West entrance front, asymmetrical, projecting at centre and right, with central mid
C19 solid porch with large corner piers, cornice and balustrade. South front of 5
bays, left hand projects with mid C19 two-storey bay with bracketed cornice over
ground floor tripartite sashes. The east side of 2:3:2 bays with large central mid
C19 square bay with balustrade and 3-light window above with round arches. The east
front extends to right (north) 4 bays with C18/19 sashes in this north wing which has
cupola and C19 dormers. Some of the C18/19 sashes survive and some are complete with
glazing bars, while the other sashes have been remodelled in laid C19 with moulded
architraves and plate glass. Service wings to north. Plain rendered chimneystacks.
Interior: arranged around a central hall with contemporary staircase. Some of the
original joinery survives. The drawing room to south-west has a most unusual white
marble chimneypiece said to have come from a house in Ireland, with 2 caryatids, like
African goddesses, supporting a moulded shelf over a frieze carved in relief depicting
Europa and the Bull and other animal subjects. Two other ground floor rooms have
Walter Crane design wallpaper.
Charlotte M Yonge, the novelist, is said to have often visited and to have written
much of her work at Beechwood.
Listing NGR: SX5780657486
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