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Combe Hay Manor

A Grade I Listed Building in Combe Hay, Bath and North East Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3368 / 51°20'12"N

Longitude: -2.382 / 2°22'55"W

OS Eastings: 373486

OS Northings: 159818

OS Grid: ST734598

Mapcode National: GBR 0R1.4L8

Mapcode Global: VH96S.NNLK

Entry Name: Combe Hay Manor

Listing Date: 1 February 1956

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1115363

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32431

Location: Combe Hay, Bath and North East Somerset, BA2

County: Bath and North East Somerset

Civil Parish: Combe Hay

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


Combe Hay Manor
G.V. I

Manor house. In two phases: the western part is c.1728-30 and has been
attributed to John Strahan of Bristol; the east and south elevations are
c.1770-75 and have many similarities to the work of James Wyatt or George
Steuart; for Robert Smith and his son, John. Ashlar with hipped slate roofs
behind a blocking course, modillioned cornice, and pulvinated frieze to the
west front; ashlar stacks. 2 storeys and attics in hipped dormers, and
basement to east side. The west front has 3:2:3 bays : the central bays are
marked by Giant Ionic pilasters which support a pediment. Glazing bar sash
windows in lugged and moulded architraves with cills on brackets; pulvinated
frieze and dentilled cornice over ground floor windows; bays 2 and 7 are
blocked. The central feature is a Venetian window with Ionic pilasters to the
outer lights; the central light is a blank, round-headed niche with an
elaborate keystone which supports a shield of arms (John Smith and his wife,
post 1775) surrounded by an enriched rococo cartouche. The south front has
3 bays: the outer windows are tall tripartite glazing bar sashes divided by
Tuscan pilasters which support a frieze with paterae and a pediment; central
glazed doorway in a Tuscan column doorcase with fluted capitals and a plain
entablature, and a shallow semi-circular niche over. The ends of the
elevation break forward as wide pilasters and are decorated with tall round-
headed niches on the ground floor and oval niches above. The east front of
7 bays has glazing bar sash windows without surrounds; central panelled door
under an overlight and in a doorcase with paired half-columns, side lights, all
surmounted by a pediment. Interior. Hall: coved ceiling and enriched
frieze; screen at west-end of 2 Tuscan columns with fluted capitals;
panelled doors in enriched surrounds with paterae and moulded cornice.
Drawing Room: anthemion frieze; oval ceiling (a Wyatt drawing for a similar
but circular ceiling survives in the Victoria and Albert Museum) with scalloped
centre which is surrounded by 16 linked oval panels bordered with leaves;
4 oval corner panels painted with grisaille of cherubs; marble neo-classical
fireplace; panelled doors in architraves with frieze as main frieze. Dining
Room: apsidal niche at north end, enriched with plasterwork; enriched frieze;
panelled doors with enriched frieze; marble fireplace. On the west side of
the house are four rooms with features of the 1728-30 period. Oak Room:
plain fielded panelling and modillioned cornice; 8-panel doors in enriched and
lugged architraves and under pediments; overmantel surround by guilloche
moulding with side volutes, open segmental pediment with shield and swags,
enriched frieze; on the opposite wall is a panel in an enriched surround with
side volutes, bay leaf frieze and swan-neck pediment with central shell and
C-scrolls. Morning Room: fielded panelling with enriched cornice; 8-panel
doors in lugged architraves and under dentilled pediments; coloured marble
fire-surround; overmantel of a central panel with swags and a female head
under a shell, side volutes and segmental pediment with egg and dart cornice;
flanking the fireplace are fluted Doric pilasters which support a triglyph
frieze with decorative metopes; similar treatment to opposite wall but with a
central mirror in an enriched surround. Staircase Hall: oval glazed lantern
with enriched frieze. On the first floor west are 3 panelled rooms with
dentilled cornices, each with a 1728-30 fire surround: at the south, lugged
architrave and overmantel with a relief bust flanked by swags, all set on a
panel which is surmounted by a pediment (illustrated in Gibbs' Book of
Architecture, 1728); in the centre, lugged architrave and overmantel with a
fielded panel, side volutes and a segmental pediment; in the centre north,
lugged surround with a bold egg and dart moulding and an overmantel in an
enriched border. (Country Life, 9.III.1951, 16.III.1951. N. Pevsner, The
Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol, 1958).

Listing NGR: ST7348659818

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