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Nethway House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Kingswear, Devon

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Latitude: 50.3589 / 50°21'32"N

Longitude: -3.5442 / 3°32'39"W

OS Eastings: 290254

OS Northings: 52141

OS Grid: SX902521

Mapcode National: GBR QW.3T6Z

Mapcode Global: FRA 38G3.327

Plus Code: 9C2R9F54+H8

Entry Name: Nethway House

Listing Date: 18 October 1949

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1146591

English Heritage Legacy ID: 100568

Location: Kingswear, South Hams, Devon, TQ6

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Kingswear

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Brixham St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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10/31 Nethway House
(formerly listed in
18.10.49 Brixham UD)

- II*

Country house in small park. Dated 1699. Built for John Fownes. Red brick in
Flemish bond. Bitumanised slate hipped roof with heavy moulded wooden modillion
cornice. Giant corner pilasters in brick with moulded sandstone bases. Stone
plinth. Double depthplan. Three storeys and cellars. 2:3:2 bays, centre three
bays slightly advanced with giant pilasters and with eaves cornice breaking
forward. Sash windows with glazing bars and cambered brick arches. Central
doorway with red sandstone pilasters stone entablature, semi-circular fanlight
and panelled door. Seven-bay rear elevation and five-storey side elevations,
with rendered first and second floors. Four plain rendered chimney stacks sym-
metrical on ridge. Two-storey service wing to east, stone rubble, rendered south
side with sash windows, now coverted into three cottages, probably originally
stables. Good contemporary interior. The principal ground floor rooms have
bolection moulded panelling with contemporary bolection or later C18 chimney
pieces and moulded plaster ceilings. The entrance hall has a fine plaster over-
mantle with garlands and cartouche with helmet and putti. Stair hall at rear
has massive open well stairs to first floor with moulded string, turned balusters
and heavy moulded hand rail ramped up to large panelled square newel. Panelled
and pilastered dado, fine moulded plaster landing ceiling with oval and laurel
branches with eagles and heavy cornice with acanthus leaves and eagles. Bedrooms,
one is panelled, the others have moulded plaster cornices. One attic room has
moulded plaster cornice. Secondary staircase on east side of house, full height,
dog-leg with moulded string heavy moulded balusters and handrail and semi-
circular newel said to be half a ship's mast. Moulded square sandstone plaque
to right hand of ground floor inscribed: 'The Within House was built by John
Fownes Esquire Anno Domini 1699'. Charles II is said to have visited Nethway
in July 1671, so presumably there was an earlier house on the site.

Listing NGR: SX9025452141

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