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Trewithen House

A Grade II Listed Building in Germoe, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.1267 / 50°7'36"N

Longitude: -5.3698 / 5°22'11"W

OS Eastings: 159244

OS Northings: 30623

OS Grid: SW592306

Mapcode National: GBR FX3B.YZ9

Mapcode Global: VH131.W21N

Entry Name: Trewithen House

Listing Date: 26 August 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1160636

English Heritage Legacy ID: 65891

Location: Germoe, Cornwall, TR13

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Germoe

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Germoe

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text


3/208 Trewithen House


House at one time a count (account) house and later a public house called the
Godolphin Arms (information from the present occupier, 1986). Circa mid C18
remodelling of older house. Granite rubble walls, most of front rebuilt in the C18
with dressed granite jambstones and wedged lintels to ground floor and granite
ashlar with flat arches to first floor. Slate sills. Scantle slate roofs with brick
chimneys over the gable ends.
L-shaped plan: probably originally a 2-room plan with kitchen left and parlour right
with cross passage between. In circa mid-late C18, remodelled and extended with 1-
room plan service wing (probably kitchen) at right angles behind left hand room, and
lean-to heightened C20 containing stair hall and small service room (probably pantry)
behind passage and right hand room. Cellar under the left hand rooms.
2 storeys. Nearly symmetrical 3 window south front. Doorway central to fenestration
but all slightly towards right. Circa late C19 or early C20 door and windows in C18
openings. 4 panel top-glazed door, 6-pane horned sashes except slightly narrower 4-
pane sash over the doorway.
At the rear is the original circa early-mid C18 8-pane fixed light stair window with
thick glazing bars.
Interior : original cellar, rediscovered recently (1986) with sump cut into the
floor; granite-flagged cross-passage floor; circa early-mid C18 shalllow open-well
stair with rectangular balusters to the closed string and a column turned balustrade
to the landing (treads are C20); large C17 stone fireplace in the front left hand
room (approximately 7' wide and 4' deep) with an oven at either side, both with
arched doorways, the right-hand one larger D-shaped on plan and with a corbelled
domed ceiling; C18 roof structure, the part over the front with only 1 massive truss,
left of middle, the rafters carried by purlins of enormous scantling (this was
presumably a design which enabled the roof space to be used as an attic for there are
heavy floor beams under). There are traces of an entrance to a former passage (under
the right hand window) which seems to have led from the cellar to a beehive roofed
circular plan building to the left of the house, demolished in the C20.
A fascinating house, appearing small on the outside but with an unexpected cellar and
attic rooms. It would be interesting to know the purpose of the passage.

Listing NGR: SW5924430623

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