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Museum (The Knowle)

A Grade II Listed Building in Dawlish, Devon

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Latitude: 50.5802 / 50°34'48"N

Longitude: -3.4734 / 3°28'24"W

OS Eastings: 295777

OS Northings: 76637

OS Grid: SX957766

Mapcode National: GBR P2.RHGG

Mapcode Global: FRA 37MJ.LN3

Plus Code: 9C2RHGJG+3J

Entry Name: Museum (The Knowle)

Listing Date: 21 March 1985

Last Amended: 1 October 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1096681

English Heritage Legacy ID: 84336

Location: Dawlish, Teignbridge, Devon, EX7

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Dawlish

Built-Up Area: Dawlish

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Dawlish St Gregory

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Museum (The Knowle)

Villa constructed in 1805, of two storeys, stuccoed with a slate roof having a coved eaves cornice and rendered stacks.

EXTERIOR: the symmetrical garden elevation has three sashes, with glazing bars, above three French windows to the ground floor. The gable end has a two storey, single-bay, extension with a round-headed doorcase with semi-circular fanlight and a six-panelled door. The Barton Terrace elevation has a doorcase with reeded pilasters and a fanlight with stained glass. Stretches of masonry wall (some with railings) survive around the perimeter.

INTERIOR: The interior retains some early-C19 features, notably a staircase with mahogany handrail, panelled doors with reeded architraves, moulded cornices, shutters and fireplaces. Another staircase was added in the later C19. Some features have been introduced as museum exhibits.
HISTORY: Knowle House, Barton Terrace, was built as a gentleman's residence in 1805. It was one of a number of similar villas located along the terrace, reflecting the rise of Dawlish as a seaside retreat. Knowle House lies adjacent to the leat of the former Town Mills which bounded the garden on its south side. The house has been adapted for use as Dawlish Museum in the later C20.

Dawlish Museum, Knowle House, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is a villa of 1805 that survives well.
* It retains some notable early-C19 interior features, such as fireplaces
and joinery.
* It has good group value with a number of other listed villas on Barton

Listing NGR: SX9577776637

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