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Latitude: 51.0474 / 51°2'50"N
Longitude: -3.9659 / 3°57'57"W
OS Eastings: 262292
OS Northings: 129394
OS Grid: SS622293
Mapcode National: GBR KV.GC3X
Mapcode Global: FRA 26LB.SYL
Entry Name: Bydown House
Listing Date: 25 February 1965
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1107662
English Heritage Legacy ID: 98642
Location: Swimbridge, North Devon, Devon, EX32
District: North Devon
Civil Parish: Swimbridge
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Swimbridge St James the Apostle
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS 62 NW
Country house. Early C19. Architect not known. Painted stucco. Slate roofs
with pronounced eaves. Rectangular on plan with principal rooms each side of wide
entrance hall containing staircase. short projecting east wing of 3 storeys and
service wing extending east to rear. Neo-classical style. Main range, 2 storeys
symmetrical south and west fronts. South front of 3 bays with twin clasping
pilasters at the corners and massive entablature above. Central pedimented bay
breaks forward slightly, the pediment supported on pilasters outside engaged
columns of giant Ionic order. Central sash. 2 over 2 panes above central
pedimented doorway with partly glazed door with 6 large panes, 4 panes to the
overlight and sidelights with 3 panes above panelled base. Bays to each side have
tripartite sashes, 6 over 6 panes to centre and 4-paned sidelights above similar
tripartite sashes but with 6 over 9 panes to the centre and 2 over 3 paned
sidelights. Ground floor openings have pediments supported on moulded consoles.
All openings have Greek key motif to the surrounds. The entablature continues
around west front of 1:3:1 bays, the 3 central bays pedimented with pilasters
flanking 4 engaged Ionic columns. Outer bays have tripartite sashes, central
sashes are 12-paned. Central French window with margin glazing bars flanked by
sashes with eared architraves, left side out bay has sash 6 over 9 panes with 2
over 3 paned sidelights. French window to right side. Ground floor openings have
pediments supported on consoles. The east wing forms a squat 3-storeyed tower
with tent roof, the upper floor windows in tall semicircular arched surrounds,
with pointed arches to the top storey windows. Small reset plaque bearing shield
with date and name 1759, J Nott to centre between the lower storey windows.
Interior: principal rooms on west side and entrance hall retain good Classical
details with richly moulded cornices and chimneypieces, pedimented doorcases with
acroteria anthemion, and panelled doors. Fine geometrical staircase with oval
stairwell light, and moulded string and wreathed handrail with turned balusters.
Cross-vaulted ceilings to the entrance hall with foliated plaster centrepiece
supported on Ionic columns.
Listing NGR: SS6229229394
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