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Palmer House Including Garden Wall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Great Torrington, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9528 / 50°57'10"N

Longitude: -4.1449 / 4°8'41"W

OS Eastings: 249437

OS Northings: 119233

OS Grid: SS494192

Mapcode National: GBR KM.N7SL

Mapcode Global: FRA 266L.H03

Plus Code: 9C2QXV34+42

Entry Name: Palmer House Including Garden Wall

Listing Date: 19 March 1951

Last Amended: 4 August 2000

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104777

English Heritage Legacy ID: 90497

Location: Great Torrington, Torridge, Devon, EX38

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Great Torrington

Built-Up Area: Great Torrington

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Great Torrington St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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852/1/52 NEW STREET
19-MAR-51 (North side)
Palmer House including garden wall

(Formerly listed as:
Palmer House including garden wall and


Dated 1752. Built by Mr (later Sir) John Palmer, brother-in-law of Sir Joshua Reynolds. The latter stayed here many times. Dr Johnson is also said to have been a visitor. Front is red brick, 3 storey, 5 windows, divided into three by brick Ionic pilasters with stone bases and caps. Entablature with pulvinate frieze is interrupted between pilasters. Main eaves cornice is continuous, breaking forward above pilasters. Low-pitched slate roof. Sash windows with glazing bars, and rubbed brick flat arches with keystones (ground floor later sashes). Doorway has moulded architrave and pediment on scroll consoles. 6-panel door with fielded upper panels. Frontage is set back behind later cast iron railings. Tall brick return walls have piers with vases, parapets swept up to meet front wall of house. At the back a wing was added late C18. This is slate hung supported on piers and arches forming a Ioggia. Large 3-light bow window. There is a walled garden, the wall having piers and vases. Octagonal gazebo at north east corner has been re-erected at Rosemoor Gardens, Great Torrington.
Interior: front ground floor room (1752) has enriched plaster ceiling with Palmer arms and Ionic mantel. Attractively planned staircase with slender turned balusters. Half-landing has Venetian window with Palmer arms in stained glass.

Nos 6 to 10 (even) and Palmer House form a group.

Listing NGR: SS4943719233

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