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A Grade II Listed Building in Bideford, Devon

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Latitude: 51.02 / 51°1'11"N

Longitude: -4.2098 / 4°12'35"W

OS Eastings: 245104

OS Northings: 126832

OS Grid: SS451268

Mapcode National: GBR KJ.J3C5

Mapcode Global: FRA 262F.1RV

Entry Name: Iffield

Listing Date: 8 November 1949

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1200935

English Heritage Legacy ID: 375907

Location: Bideford, Torridge, Devon, EX39

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Bideford

Built-Up Area: Bideford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bideford St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


842-1/5/205 (South side)
08/11/49 Iffield


Large detached house in Cottage Ornee style. 1823, but
extended later in C19. Solid rendered walls. Slate roof.
Several red-brick chimneys, some rendered.
U-shaped plan, but with various projections; in the centre of
the U, as if infilling a courtyard, a lower range; entrance
through E wing.
2 storeys, except for single-storeyed range in centre of the
U. East front has centre gabled projection with 2
pointed-arched openings in ground storey, each with moulded
Doorway to right has half-glazed double doors with
glazing-bars following the curve of the arch. Window to left
has sashes with similar glazing-bars. Matching window in upper
storey. Projection has raised quoins; patterned bargeboards.
To left, a pointed-arched blind window with moulded
archtitrave in each storey. To right a canted bay window, a
later addition, with reeded boards at the corners and a deep
boxed eaves-cornice. Pointed-arched windows like those to the
left, but without patterned glazing; those in ground storey
have cinquefoil arches containing coloured glass. South front
has gabled wings with patterned bargeboards; windows similar
to those on the older part of east front. Single-storeyed
section has canted bay window in centre with matching glazing.
Attached to it is a conservatory in the same style. North
front also has windows with pointed arches; those in ground
storey have heads filled with cinquefoil tracery and coloured
INTERIOR: wooden staircase with open Gothic balustrade. Room
to right of staircase has panelled doors with oil paintings of
lake and seascapes, reputed to be by the artist Arthur Hughes,
for whom the house was built. Owner says more paintings
concealed behind wall-covering in adjoining room (with later
bay window to east). The single-storeyed range (probably a
former billiard-room) has a lavishly-enriched cornice and
ceiling-band; flanking the chimneybreast 2 recesses with
multi-cusped Gothic arches. The house contains several studded
Gothic doors and plaster cornices. In 1869 TL Pridham, an
intimate friend of Arthur Hughes (1803-38), wrote that 'many
of his fresco and other paintings still adorn the walls of
Hyefield Cottage, at Bideford, which he built for his
residence, and where he resided for several years during which
time he painted several pictures of great merit'.
(Pridham TL: Devonshire Celebrities: Exeter: 1869-: P.129;
Graves A: The Royal Academy of Arts. A Complete Dictionary of
Contributors: London: 1906-: P.183; Thieme U: Allgemeines
Lexikon Der Bildenden Kunstler: 1925-: P.84).

Listing NGR: SS4510426832

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