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Couch's House

A Grade II Listed Building in Polperro, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.3311 / 50°19'52"N

Longitude: -4.5194 / 4°31'9"W

OS Eastings: 220786

OS Northings: 50946

OS Grid: SX207509

Mapcode National: GBR NC.XGY8

Mapcode Global: FRA 18F5.15G

Entry Name: Couch's House

Listing Date: 27 August 1952

Last Amended: 26 March 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1140766

English Heritage Legacy ID: 61510

Location: Polperro, Cornwall, PL13

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Polperro

Built-Up Area: Polperro

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Talland

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text

SX 2051-2151
6/48 Couch's House (formerly listed
as House of Jonathan Couch)

House. Circa 1595. Painted and rendered stone rubble with scantle slate roof. Main
range with gabled ends with higher roof to range at higher end with splayed corner.
Gabled end to front projecting cross wing at lower end. Stone rubble chimney stacks
on higher gable end, rear lateral hall chimney stack and lateral chimney stack to
cross wing.
Plan difficult to assess because interior not inspected but overall L-shaped plan
with stack at higher gable end and lateral stack at side of projecting wing at front
lower end.
2 storeys, asymmetrical front elevation with replacement 2-light casements with
glazing bars. Front projecting cross wing at lower end on left with higher range on
right. Entrance in angle between leading into cross wing. Rendered porch with lean-
to slate roof. 2-light casement above. To right, single window asymmetrical front
with 2-light casement beneath timber lintel and 2-light casement above. Regular
single window range in gable end of cross wing with 2-light casements beneath timber
lintels. Rear elevation to Lansallos street with 3-storey range at higher end on
left and 2-storey range at lower end on right. 2-light casements with glazing bars.
Left-hand single window front with entrance on right with C20 low part glazed door
and small rectangular window to left. Above, 2-light casement on first floor and to
second floor in gabled half-dormer. Range to right, regular 2-window front with 2-
light casements flanking lateral chimney stack.
Interior not accessible at time of survey. An internal inspection may reveal
interesting features and explain the plan.
Home of Dr Jonathan Couch, FLS, grand father of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. Jonathan
Couch (1789-1870) contributed much to scientic knowledge and was much aclaimed as a
Cornish naturalist and ichthyologist. His published works include Cornish Fauna,
1838 second edition 1841; The History of the Fishes of the British Isle 1862-1865,
and Calandar of Natural History observed at Polperro 1842. In 1871, Thomas Quiller
Couch published his father's manuscript notes entitled The History of Polperro
de Burlet, S Portrait of Polperro 1977
Couch, B The Life of Jonathan Couch FLS 1891
Lanyon, A The Rooks of Trelawne 1976.

Listing NGR: SX2078650946

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