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Latitude: 50.5186 / 50°31'7"N
Longitude: -3.6667 / 3°39'59"W
OS Eastings: 281940
OS Northings: 70088
OS Grid: SX819700
Mapcode National: GBR QM.MRNP
Mapcode Global: FRA 376P.HBC
Entry Name: The Convent
Listing Date: 23 August 1955
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1096703
English Heritage Legacy ID: 84297
Location: Ogwell, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ12
Civil Parish: Ogwell
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Ogwell St Bartholomew
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 87 SW OGWELL WEST OGWELL
2/20 The Convent
Convent, formerly mansion house. Built for Thomas Reynell in 1589. Considerably
altered in 1751-3 for Thomas Taylor and again in 1790s for Pierce-Joseph Taylor.
Remodelled early or mid C19 (possibly between 1832-6 for Thomas William Taylor).
Rendered stone, the south and east fronts blocked-out. Slate roofs. Complex plan
has 2 main parts: (1) U-shaped building of 2 storeys (possibly the 1589 house, now
service wing). Doorway in centre with window above. Wings 3 windows deep on west
and 4 (after C19 extension) on east, each wing 1 window wide. Windows have raised
surrounds and (except at front of west wing) barred sashes. Fronts finished with
raised band and parapet. In centre of roof a wooden bell-turret with shaped lead
roof. Rear and west walls retain 5 wood mullioned and transomed windows of late
C17 or early C18. Inside, chamfered ceiling-beams (in kitchen) and ovolo-moulded
panelled doors. Re-set on lean-to at rear a stone plaque inscribed 1588 TR; (2)
L-shaped building of 3 storeys (the main house) abutting the above on east.
Similar south front, 7 windows wide, the windows reducing in height with each
storey. A minority of sashes are C20 replacements. Inside, 3 ground-storey rooms
with early or mid C19 enriched cornices and margin-bands of C-scrolls, one room
with a large chandelier-boss of foliage. Stair turret in angle of the L has
geometric stair of stone to second storey with slender moulded iron balusters
(later replacements). Wooden treads to third storey with thin oblong-section iron
balusters. In first 2 storeys turret has late C18 round-arched doorways with
moulded imposts and archivolts, enriched with flowers and egg-and-dart. Second-
storey landing an adjacent lobby have friezes of festoons and foliage. In former
wing room (now sub-divided) a coloured marble chimney piece with pilasters and
plaque carrying oval disc. At north-west corner of wing a large round turret,
possibly an early feature.
Not included in listing: Bethany wing (1954 and 1961), Chapel (1955) and Nazareth
Sources: R Polwhele, History of Devonshire, 1793, Vol.2, p133; Burke, Landed
Gentry, 1838, Vol.4, p450; B Gibson, The Story of West Ogwell House, 1970
Listing NGR: SX8194070088
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