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The Ramps

A Grade II Listed Building in Lewtrenchard, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6514 / 50°39'4"N

Longitude: -4.1805 / 4°10'49"W

OS Eastings: 245953

OS Northings: 85788

OS Grid: SX459857

Mapcode National: GBR NV.861Q

Mapcode Global: FRA 274C.15V

Plus Code: 9C2QMR29+GR

Entry Name: The Ramps

Listing Date: 7 November 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1105579

English Heritage Legacy ID: 92342

Location: Lewtrenchard, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: Lewtrenchard

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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4/95 The Ramps

House. Late C19, designed by Sabine Baring-Gould. Stone rubble with gabled slate
roofs, some with sprocketted eaves. Partly slate-hung with some ornamental slate-
hanging carried out over moulded bressumers. The site of the house, high above a
flooded quarry fed by a waterfall probably encouraged Baring-Gould's most picturesque
and playful design. 2 storeys. Irregular 1- + 2-window garden front consists of 1
block gabled at the left end and gabled to the front at the right end with ornamental
slate-hanging in the front gable. To the left of this block and set back from it is
a wing gabled to the front with a slate-hung first floor pentice carried out on an
iron column. A similar pentice on the left gable end of the main block has been
filled in at ground floor level in the C20. Ornamental leading to the 3- and 4-light
ground floor casements. Square leaded panes to the 10-light pentice window. A 3-
light roof dormer and a 4-light casement to the front gable have ornamental leading.
The rear of the house consists of a loosely integrated arrangement of gables. The
left-hand gable has applied timber framing with pargetting, the right-hand and centre
gables are slate-hung. The centre gable is jettied out and at right angles to the
others and its left side is curiously attached to the swept down roof of the main
range. There is a small gabled l-storey wing to the side of the centre gable and a
C20 glazed porch in the angle.
Interior not inspected. The Ramps was regularly visited by F.W. Bussel, vice-
principal of Brasenose College, Oxford, who assisted Baring-Gould in his collecting
of folk-songs. The name of the house derives from Bussell's habit of enlivening
European travel by passing himself off as Baron Frederick Von Rampenstein.

Listing NGR: SX4595385788

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