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Latitude: 50.4001 / 50°24'0"N
Longitude: -3.7644 / 3°45'51"W
OS Eastings: 274700
OS Northings: 57071
OS Grid: SX747570
Mapcode National: GBR QH.3BN3
Mapcode Global: FRA 370Z.M9V
Entry Name: Stert
Listing Date: 9 February 1961
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1108319
English Heritage Legacy ID: 101144
Location: Diptford, South Hams, Devon, TQ9
District: South Hams
Civil Parish: Diptford
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Diptford St Mary the Virgin
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
House. Early to mid C18, possibly earlier origins, rearranged internally
and extended at rear in the early C19. Local slate rubble; slate hung at
rear. Asbestos slate roof with gabled ends over rear addition. Front
range has gable end stacks with later red brick shafts. Large stone axial
stack over back range.
Plan: The C18 house was the front (north) range of 2-room plan with a
moderately wide central entrance hall containing the stairs. The 2 rooms
are the principal rooms and it seems likely that there was also a service
wing at the black. This may have been the rear left room which would have
been incorporated into the parallel range at the back of the house in the
early C19 to form a double depth plan. Alternatively the whole of the back
range may be early C19 replacing C18 service rooms. The room use at the
back in the early C19 was probably the servants hall at the left (probably
former kitchen), kitchen at the centre and pantry at the right at the back.
The early C19 remodelling also involved alterations to the front range
including refenestration an early C19 geometric staircase in the entrance
hall and early C19 joinery on the ground floor but the first floor joinery
is C18. There was a non-conformist chapel at the right hand end of the
house, which was demolished in mid C20; it was described on the former list
as being C18 and disused and having a moulded plaster ceiling.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Almost symmetrical 3-window range front with plain
stone string course at first floor level and moulded stone eaves cornice.
On the ground and first floors to right and left symmetrical diagonal early
C19 tripartite sashes with 9-pane centre light and 3-pane side lights. To
the left of centre on first floor an early C19 9-pane sash. The ground
floor windows have flat slate arches the first floor have wooden lintels
clad in slate, all have thin slate cills. The doorway to left of centre
has an early C19 6-panel door, bottom panels flush, top panels glazed and
with C20 slate stone gabled porch.
The left hand side of the house is rendered and has an early C19 tripartite
sash with glazing bars in the rear wing. the right hand gable end is
partly hung in asbestos slates.
The back range is slate hung in natural slate above the ground floor window
cill level. The rear elevation is slightly asymmetrical 3-window range
with 3-light casements, the centre ground floor and the left hand first
floor are C20, to the right hand first floor and the left hand first floor
are C20, to the right hand first floor an early C19 16-pane sash, ground
floor left a C20 glazed door. to the right of centre and early c19 large
stone rubble porch with a hipped slate roof and side entrance.
Interior: in the central entrance hall a small wooden early C19 geometric
staircase with square stuck balusters column newels, wreathed handrail and
open string with shaped tread ends. The font left hand room has an early
C19 Devonian limestone (marble) chimneypiece, C18 moulded plaster ceiling
cornice and an elliptical arch recess on the rear wall containing a
doorway. The front right hand room has a C19 moulded ceiling cornice but
the chimneypiece has been removed. The ground floor has all its early C19
intact including 6-panel doors with moulded panels. The first floor has
fielded 6-panel doors to the main rooms and fielded 2-panel doors to the
servants chambers. One of the rear first floor rooms has an early C19
reeded chimney piece with an iron grate. The dog-leg back stairs has stuck
balusters and column newels.
Roof: over the front north range the collars are halved land pegged to the
faces of straight rafters which are lapped and pegged at the apex.
Historical Note: Stert was the property of the Heles until 1835.
(Buildings of England)
Listing NGR: SX7470057071
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