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Latitude: 50.1153 / 50°6'55"N
Longitude: -5.4453 / 5°26'42"W
OS Eastings: 153793
OS Northings: 29595
OS Grid: SW537295
Mapcode National: GBR DXYC.SMM
Mapcode Global: VH130.KCNG
Entry Name: Churchtown House and Garden Walls
Listing Date: 9 October 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1160685
English Heritage Legacy ID: 70017
Location: Perranuthnoe, Cornwall, TR20
Civil Parish: Perranuthnoe
Traditional County: Cornwall
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall
Church of England Parish: Perranuthnoe
Church of England Diocese: Truro
PERRANUTHNOE CHURCHTOWN, Perranuthnoe
SW 52 SW
1/106 Churchtown House and
Rectory, including garden walls and gate piers, now private house. C17 or earlier,
remodelled circa late C17 and circa late C19. Granite rubble with some dressed
granite. Scantle slate roofs, gable ends except for hipped end over truncated
parallel former rear wing. Stuccoed brick,chimneys with moulded cornices and circa
late C19 chimney pots over gable ends left and right.
Plan: now an overall L-shaped plan, 1 room deep except for service room (now the
kitchen) roofed parallel to the front roof in the angle: 2 reception rooms at the
front with cross passage between; stair hall in wing at right angles behind the left
hand room (in 1727 it was the parlour) and basement rooms behind the stair hall with
chambers over. Left-hand side of the house is built into a high bank. Glebe Terrier
description of 1727 is obviously of the surviving building but without the present
kitchen. In 1727 there was a courtyard behind the right hand room (then the hall)
and a kitchen at the rear of this courtyard. A building on the site of this former
kitchen was demolished a few years ago (1986).
Exterior : 2 storeys. Symmetrical 3 window west front with central doorway. In
circa the late C19 the front was remodelled from a 5 window front and the eaves
heightened. The features are of that date: doorway with 4 panel door, overlight and
stucco doorcase with entablature carried on carved console canted bay windows to the
ground floor with dentilled entablature; 4-pane horned sashes and moulded eaves
cornice with shaped wooden brackets.
Interior : earliest feature is a truss partly embedded into a first floor partition
of the front range. This truss probably has curved feet (seen only as an impression
in the right hand chamber and predates a circa C17 heightening and remodelling from
which some features and much of the structure including the roof trusses of that
period survive. The features include a fine open-well closed-string stair with
unusually heavy column-turned balusters and moulded ramped handrail; a 2-panel door
leading to an attic stair (in 1727 a garret) and a fine plaster barrel ceiling with
moulded cornice in the right hand chamber. There was possibly a similar ceiling
formerly in the left hand chamber (now only indicated by a roughly semi-circular
shape in the wall plaster). C18 features : a door between the stair hall and the
kitchen with fielded bottom panels, glazed above with original heavy ovolo-moulded
glazing bars and some crown glass. C19 features : early C19 6-panel doors and
architraves; wooden chimney-piece in the right hand chamber; otherwise mostly circa
late C19 features including a chimney-piece in C18 style in the right hand room
(resited from another house).
Roughly parallel to the front and parallel to the right hand side of the house is a
high slate coped granite rubble wall with small arched gateway at the front (west)
and carriage gateway into a rear courtyard. The carriage gateway has brick piers
with dressed granite plinths and bonders and squat pyramidal caps.
Churchtown House is an interesting example of way in which Cornish houses often
developed retaining an early core and plan but introducing fashionable features at
each phase of remodelling. The late C17 stair and barrel ceiling are particularly
notable and rare features.
Sources : A Calender of Cornish Glebe Terriers, by Richard Potts.
Listing NGR: SW5379329595
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