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Latitude: 50.3818 / 50°22'54"N
Longitude: -3.5878 / 3°35'15"W
OS Eastings: 287209
OS Northings: 54755
OS Grid: SX872547
Mapcode National: GBR QS.PFVH
Mapcode Global: FRA 38C1.B28
Entry Name: Greenway House
Listing Date: 21 May 1985
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1108548
English Heritage Legacy ID: 100580
Location: Kingswear, South Hams, Devon, TQ5
District: South Hams
Civil Parish: Kingswear
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Churston Ferrers St Mary the Virgin
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 85 SE, 9/36
Country house in landscaped gardens overlooking River Dart. Built 1780-90,
remodelled and extended in early C19. Stuccoed stone rubble. Slate hipped roof.
Parapet and dentilled cornice. Three storeys. Five bays. Sash windows, with
vertical glazing bars only, in moulded architraves with cornices to first and
ground storeys. Central plain round-headed doorway with semicircular fanlight
and glazed double doors, and early C19 porch with Tuscan columns. Early C19
single storey one bay wings left and right with tripartite sashes complete with
glazing bars and loggias each with two pairs of Tuscan columns supporting
entablature. The left-hand (west) wing has wide segmental bow on west side.
Stuccoed chimney stacks over side walls with moulded cornices. Service wing at
rear. Interior: Stairwell has moulded plaster rib vault with bosses displaying
arm of Elton impaling Marwood and plaster modillion cornice. Plain stairs with
stick balusters and wreathed handrail to column newel. Two good late C18 marble
chimneypieces and C18/19 iron grates, moulded plaster cornices, friezes and
centrepieces. Original mahogany doors. In the dining room (to east) two curved
doors. Other late C18 and early C19 joinery intact. Sir Humphrey Gilbert
(Compton Castle q.v.) is reputed to have been born at Greenwood about 1539 although
there are no remains of a C16 house. He founded the first British colony in
North America in Newfoundland in 1583.
Reference: W G Hodens 'A New Survey of
England, Devon', pages 206 and 369.
Listing NGR: SX8720954755
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