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Plympton House (St Peters Convent)

A Grade I Listed Building in Plymouth, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.385 / 50°23'5"N

Longitude: -4.0457 / 4°2'44"W

OS Eastings: 254660

OS Northings: 55896

OS Grid: SX546558

Mapcode National: GBR Q0.TBLS

Mapcode Global: FRA 28D0.ZM3

Entry Name: Plympton House (St Peters Convent)

Listing Date: 23 April 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113363

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473580

Location: Plymouth, PL7

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Plympton Erle

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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Listing Text


SX5455NE LONGCAUSE, Plympton St Maurice
740-1/50/527 (North side (off))
23/04/52 Plympton House (St Peter's Convent)


Country house, now a convent. From 1700, erected for the Treby
family (Sir George Treby, Lord Chief Justice). Probably
designed for the same architect responsible for Mothecombe and
Puslinch (former list description). Mason in 1720 is George
Veale. Front and rear elevations of limestone ashlar,
otherwise brick with limestone dressings including moulded
architraves and rusticated quoins; dry slate hipped roof
behind parapet with moulded cornice; large brick axial stacks
with limestone dressings.
PLAN: large rectangular plan, with central stair hall.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys over basement; symmetrical 7-window front
and rear elevations with centre breaks surmounted by pediments
with heraldic achievements. Original sashes with thick glazing
bars within moulded architraves; elliptical-arched basement
windows. Central principal entrance approached by flight of
stone steps with wrought-iron balustrades.
INTERIOR: includes large entrance hall leading to an E-W
corridor. The staircase fills the whole of the SE corner of
the house, exceptionally rich, with four graduated balusters
to each tread, the handrail ending in a virtuoso roll, and the
landing with Corinthian-column newels. Much bolection-moulded
panelling, corner fireplaces, two fine Baroque marble
chimneypieces with oval centres, the one in the hall flanked
by fluted pilasters, the drawing room one with scroll volutes.
The spacious service rooms in the basement have elegant groin
vaults on piers, as at Puslinch and Mothecombe.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:
684; Country Life: LXXIV: London: 146).

Listing NGR: SX5466555900

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